Traditional and Automated Warehouses

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Traditional and Automated Warehouses

Let’s look at an analysis from 2009 which studied automated vs. manual warehouses: a different way of thinking about ROI to gain perspective. While many things have changed, the financial aspect of the discussion is still pertinent today. Some operations experts highlight advancements in warehouses which include: size and layout, urban locations, technology, and eco-friendly attributes.

Module 1: Week 1 Discussion Background Readings

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation (2019)

Robotics in the Warehouse: Changing the Fulfillment Paradigm (2019)

The Next Wave of Warehouse Automation (2019)

Study: Challenges Ahead for Warehouse Automation Market (2019)

The Takeoff Challenge: Manual vs. Automated Picking (2019) (Video 1:31)

Automation in Logistics: Big Opportunity, Bigger Uncertainty (2019)

Calculating the ROI of Warehouse Automation (2019)

2020: The Year of Supply Chain Labor (2020)

WEEK 1 DISCUSSION POST

Use this week’s background readings to understand how warehouses/distribution centers are evolving, and then find at least one other recent resource. For your post:

  • Provide guidance regarding the short- and long-term financial impact of warehouse automation.
  • Based on research, determine which warehouse/distribution center changes are most crucial.
  • Using the resource beyond this week’s readings, provide a real-world example of a company employing warehouse/distribution center advancements and how the changes worked out for them. (The article should be less than two years old.)

This post should be 2 paragraphs in length (at least 100 words). Since you are engaging in research, be sure to cite in the body of the post and add a reference list in APA format. NOTE: Failure to use research with accompanying citations to support content will result in reduced scoring “Level 2-Developing” for Assignment-Driven Criteria, Critical Thinking, Writing Mechanics, and Referencing on the grading rubric.

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