Logistics Middle East



Warehouse management systems (WMS): by 2024, 54% of the study’s respondent­s plan to have added new modules or deployed best-of-breed warehouse solutions. Automatica­lly updated cloud-based WMS handle the demands of real-time visibility and are designed for changing workflows (such as returns). Almost half the respondent­s intend to add new, real-time locationin­g solutions with more planning WMS integratio­n with yard and fleet systems for full supply chain synchronis­ation.

New mobile devices offer more comfort and better ergonomics (lighter and easier to use). Integrated barcode scanning accelerate­s and streamline­s workflows by enabling fast, first-time, accurate, data entry and capture, over longer distances including illegible barcodes. Easily adapting to changing needs such as introducin­g augmented reality guided picking apps, mobile device expenditur­e will grow, especially in rugged tablets and industrial scanners.

Improving warehouse infrastruc­ture to support more automation and greater visibility will improve item-level visibility, through data capture and track and trace solutions, especially barcode labelling.

Automation: advances in voice-guided apps and heads-up displays will help teams improve team or individual worker productivi­ty, a goal of most of the survey respondent­s.

Sensors: active RFID sensors that automatica­lly register and track bulk or individual items can improve inventory management, picking, and crossdocki­ng efficiency. Over a third of the survey respondent­s expect to roll out more RFID and other sensor-based systems, by 2024, to increase data capture accuracy and speed.

- Source: Hozefa Saylawala, Middle East director, Zebra Technologi­es

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