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Automation: A Backbone to Streamline your Omnichannel Processes

Harish Kulkarni | 23 November 2022

In this fast-paced industry where customers are looking for the fastest delivery and using multiple channels to complete their purchases, brands need to be nonstop active. Today, almost all consumers check reviews and compare prices both online and offline before making a purchase.

In India, for example, the Indian retail giants from home appliances, FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), apparel industries have already taken an ecommerce space to compete with the sellers, and this ecommerce rise is predicted to reach a valuation of USD $350 billion by 2030, Reedseer Consultancy. 

Continuous market uncertainties means complex demand anticipation, needing to have products available for customers whenever they desire. This has led to the growth of the omnichannel market. Omnichannel is the new normal for consumers and might remain the same as consumers can shop from any channel they desire for easy availability. 

The accelerated growth of the changes in the supply chain and rise in demand has pushed the need for automation and reduced the dependency on human capital alone.  

To remain competitive, manufacturing and ecommerce companies are considering larger investments in advanced technologies to ramp up their warehouse and logistics operations for a smooth omnichannel experience for their customers.

Why is it Essential to Consider Automation?warehouse-agv-toyota-agf-group-shot-automated-fork-truck-center-controlled-rider-tugger

From adding order details to delivering product to a customer, conventional warehouses cannot meet the requirement of omnichannel operations. Why? There are many important factors that can disrupt the supply chain and create a poor customer experience.

Automation in omnichannel processes can help:

  • Avoid the rising cost of warehouse space
  • Manage the varieties of orders and SKUs
  • Create timely and accurate order fulfilment to stores and customers
  • Increase safety by reducing warehouse traffic
  • Boost productivity with faster workflow – picking, packing and transporting
  • Manage the seasonal and peak month fluctuations 

Automation for Resilient Operations 

There is no doubt that the market is evolving rapidly, connected with consumer demand for free shipping and same-day deliveries. The need for automation is also steadily growing.Robotics-Piece-Picking-MaterialHandlingSolutions-Blog

Technology advancements can re-engineer the traditional warehouse and distribution centres for more resilient and efficient operations. Companies must navigate their choices and expectation to make their omnichannel warehouses resilient, dependable and responsive to quickly adapt to the market requirement.

Some points of consideration when reviewing various automation options include:  

Choose the Right Integrator

Omnichannel order fulfillment logistics gives consumers a unified experience across all touchpoints – product availability, delivery to return options. Companies that can innovate to deliver a great customer experience with personalized services can keep their pace in the market. The combination of required material handling equipment can smoothen the operations of order fulfilment and product handling. There are numerous other things that can be done to make the warehouse fully automated, but businesses must plan in advance to ensure maximum benefits. 

It is most beneficial to have an efficient intralogistics partner who will help create a seamless omnichannel distribution centre to equip with a rapidly changing market. 

Whether in India, Brazil, Mexico, Canada or the United States, our experts can guide you to understand the technologies that will optimize your omnichannel operations. The team will examine your operations and data thoroughly from order cycle times, equipment interface, and SKUs to delivery routes, so that they can help identify the best technologies to support you for higher throughputs, streamlined workflows, accurate order picking, and improved service.

Author: Harish Kulkarni

Harish is a Sales and Application Manager for Bastian Solutions’ India office. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.E) and holds a Master’s in Technology (M.Tech). He has more than five years’ experience in industrial and logistics automation and possess a deep knowledge of conveyor systems, sortation solutions, goods to person technologies and automated storage and retrieval systems.

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