Au­to­ma­tion: A way to sur­vive

Among the ma­jor play­ers in ma­te­rial han­dling and ware­hous­ing space, CEO, Maini Ma­te­ri­als Move­ment talks about the cur­rent sce­nario of the ware­hous­ing and the Ma­te­rial Han­dling Equip­ment (MHE) in­dus­try and com­pany’s fu­ture plans to cater to the ever in­crea

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cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion by ‘de­liv­ery on-time of un­dam­aged and ac­cu­rate or­ders’.

Ware­house au­to­ma­tion is an up­com­ing tech­nol­ogy in In­dia. How­ever, im­ple­men­ta­tion of this tech­nol­ogy is lim­ited to the large play­ers, while most SMEs in In­dia are yet to adopt it. Ware­house au­to­ma­tion re­quires con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment in the be­gin­ning, while the ben­e­fits are only re­alised af­ter a while. How­ever, as the need for ef­fi­cient ware­hous­ing and trace­abil­ity grows, even smaller ware­houses are be­ing com­pelled to in­tro­duce some de­gree of au­to­ma­tion into their pro­cesses and will no more be an alien con­cept for any ware­house in In­dia. ply and de­mand will con­tinue to bring in the el­e­ment of risk man­age­ment, the urge to de­liver “more with less” will con­tinue to drive the fo­cus in the grow­ing field of in­tra lo­gis­tics, skill gaps and busi­ness pres­sure, forc­ing adop­tion of meth­ods to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and bal­ance cus­tomi­sa­tion with con­sol­i­da­tion. The ques­tion re­mains, are we pre­pared for the fu­ture?

The cur­rent eco­nomic sce­nario of MHE in­dus­try is promis­ing. Cost com­pet­i­tive­ness, de­mand, easy fi­nanc­ing schemes, new prod­uct of­fer­ings, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and en­abling reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment are the key growth fac­tors for the In­dian ware­hous­ing and MHE sec­tor. floor space and hence re­duces prod­uct loss. It cur­tails stor­age costs by de­creas­ing space re­quire­ments to as much as 50 per cent, en­ergy consumption up to 80 per cent and labour costs up to 70 per cent.

In­dus­tries in In­dia need to re­alise the sig­nif­i­cance of ware­house au­to­ma­tion to sur­vive amid grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Through au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, ware­houses can im­prove their in­ven­tory ac­cu­racy and en­hance op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency.

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