Although automated storage and handling solutions were already high on the logistics industry’s agenda before Covid-19, there is little doubt that the global health emergency and the subsequent collapse of bricks and mortar retailing, has forced many companies to accelerate their existing intralogistics project plans or even change their strategy completely. As a result, more and more businesses are automating their intralogistics processes.

And it isn’t just the likes of Amazon and Alibaba that are embracing automation: companies for whom automated solutions would, until relatively recently, have been financially out of reach, are now benefitting from the operational gains that today’s highly cost-efficient, scalable automated systems offer and a growing number of small and medium-sized warehouse operators and e-commerce retailers now see automated handling and storage technology as the optimum solution to their issues.

So, is automation suitable for your operation? As a starting point, consider the following questions in relation to your facility:

– Are warehouse-driven delays a common issue?

– Do everyday workflows include a vast amount of manual, repetitive tasks?

– Is output directly affected by limitations within the workforce?

– Are inventory counts regularly affected by inaccuracies?

Anyone that answers ‘yes’ to any of the above simply has to have automated solution technologies on their radar.

Toyota Material Handling has successfully delivered more than 250 automated projects across Europe based on the widest range of new technologies that fit a client’s needs and drive productivity, efficiency and lower overall supply chain costs.

We work with our customers to determine the specific challenges they face and tackle them one step at a time. Breaking the process down into small modules gives clients essential scalability and means that, if they wish to, customers can partially automate their processes while retaining the option to introduce more automated technology as future demands change.

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