Automation and digitalization initiatives are occurring across most asset-intensive industries, with supply chain and logistics being close to the top of the list that would benefit. The expansion of e-commerce, super-charged by the global pandemic, has put the spotlight on the industry.
In 2016, DHL’s survey suggest that 80 percent of warehouses were unautomated and only five percent fully automated. Warehouse automation has grown since then and is expected to grow by close to 40 percent in 2021. Nonetheless, there remains much potential for the industry. Whether embracing full automation or some degree of semi-automation, there are foundational technologies that warehouse operators can view as table stakes for starting on their digital automation journey. Industrial private wireless networking is one of them.