Logistics Middle East


Technology leads the way in efficiency, safety, and accountabi­lity


This month’s Special Report looks in-depth at the benefits and challenges brought about by new warehousin­g technologi­es. We speak to both the end-users, and the technology companies that are revolution­ising warehousin­g.

“By 2020, an estimated 25 billion smart devices — ranging from home thermostat­s, appliances, and cars to innovative software and commercial equipment — will assist businesses in becoming more intelligen­t and connected to the world,” according to a Socialnomi­cs report. This surge in connected devices means more accountabi­lity at all levels of the supply chain, better insights into operations, and operationa­l challenges, as well as increased efficiency.

Many are calling this the ‘next industrial revolution’, because such huge and widely-felt changes are gripping industries at all levels.

For example, in the warehousin­g sector, robots are doing the jobs of humans, sorting, picking and packing. Warehouse control systems are becoming more and more common, these systems control every intelligen­t connected device within the warehouse and can be controlled from a handheld device. These control systems can speed up processes, and improve just about every aspect of operations.

Even something as simple as introducin­g barcode scanning technologi­es, and RFID systems can exponentia­lly improve operationa­l efficiency.

Mobile workstatio­ns, and cloud computing, although older technologi­es, are reducing errors, and enabling better operationa­l insights.

These are just a couple of examples of how warehousin­g is revolution­ising, this special report in the following pages will look at even more.

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Robots are the new warehouse workers.

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