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Automation Projects Sponsored By Top Management Have The Best Chance For Adoption

Automation Projects Require Executive Level Leadership


ProMat 2015 is rapidly approaching. Over 800 exhibitors will be on-hand to promote the latest manufacturing and logistics technologies. Much attention will be focused on the application of automated processes for warehousing and distribution. For the most part, the target audience is anyone looking for ways to improve their operations. However, for an improvement project to get the attention of top management it will most likely need to provide ROI in areas such as:


Improved shipping capacity and productivity


More efficient utilization of facility space, energy, and human resources


B2C Omni Channel order fulfillment processes


Increased order fulfillment speed and accuracy especially as related to e-commerce


Higher throughput without incremental increases in labor


Greater system flexibility and agility


Reduction in overtime hours


Reduction in errors, damage, shrinkage, and back charges.


Improved methods for returns processing

Still, projects that will accomplish the above will not be adopted unless...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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