Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, retailers had difficulty finding workers during the holiday shopping season. Now, labor shortages, rising e-commerce, and other supply chain challenges make automation a must-have.
However, simply adding robots to the approximately 70% of North American warehouses that aren’t yet automated isn’t the solution. Users, suppliers, and integrators alike have to find the right mix of technologies for a particular process or environment.
This Special Focus Issue looks at maturing capabilities such as data collection and the management of growing fleets. In addition, mobile robots can even help businesses retain employees because they can augment existing staffers rather than replace them.