Using automation in all areas of the intralogistics, fulfilment and eCommerce chain is now essential...

SMEs, 3PLs, Blue Chip companies and eCommerce businesses most certainly have a seat at the automation table. Being proactive today means being less reactive tomorrow.

The obvious advantages of technology-based solutions are their scalability as well as the ability to partially automate or retro improve operational areas. Investment in these new application areas can be scaled and spread out. Giving management greater flexibility with their adoption.

Automation and technology continues to evolve. End customer’s expectations have changed for good. Their attitude and behaviours are continually transforming. When it comes to investment in automation you need to consider…

  • What areas of your logistic/warehouse picking process are providing the most challenges?
  • Are your clients expecting your business to use automation to meet growth spikes and peak trends?
  • Do you spend too much time managing inventory, its levels and location?
  • Being customer centric – 91% of shoppers choose next day delivery and will pay “extra” for it.
  • How you are going to plan to be more efficient - not just now but in the future.
  • How you engage with your work colleagues to embrace this change?
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So, what kind of robots or new technology could be useful for your warehouse?

Robotic Handling Equipment using automated lift trucks with sophisticated sensor technology to transport inventory all over the warehouse.

These warehouse robots are perfect for larger operations because they:

  • Reduce the time wasted by workers, moving from one area to the next, transporting goods and materials. 
  • Can understand and interpret their environment through the use of maps, computers, and onboard sensors.
  • Have the ability to identify the information on stock items and sort it with impeccable accuracy.
  • Cut out manual processes which are prone to human error.

Goods to Person Robotics These are solutions that automate the movement of stock in warehouses...

They deliver higher throughput, accuracy, and productivity and are an essential investment because they:

  • Intelligently navigate to bring inventory to workers via Mobile Stock Units (MSUs).
  • Workers use software to instruct tasks and the robots communicate in real-time and orders are continuously evaluated and prioritised for the highest yield.
  • Deliver greater efficiency and faster speed-to-fulfil and have the ability to handle a variety of items eg apparel, home furnishing, and personal care, etc.
  • Allow warehouses that serve retail stores or eCommerce operations to run high-speed, cost-efficient processes by automating order fulfilment tasks eg put-away, storage, replenishment, and picking.

Sortation Equipment & Software Designed to autonomously pre-sort and/or identify stock for dispatch and improve the order to fulfilment process...

Mobile sortation robots linear sorting solutions and shelf edge identification make a modular system of interdependent platforms that can receive an item, transport and deliver it to despatch or any other point around the warehouse. Systems are:

  • Designed to autonomously pre-sort parcels for dispatch, even with limited space.
  • Best suited to eCommerce and logistics players experiencing rapid business changes.
  • Based on industry defined sortation logics such as destination, volume or weight.
  • Scalable so you can flex up or down with order peaks and lulls.

New Technology Applications such as the development of wearables and the technological improvement of existing equipment...

There are many areas where new technology has been applied to existing processes and machinery to provide automation. These are all controlled by integrated logistics and warehouse software, to provide seamless identification, handling and processing of goods and materials. Examples include:

  • Wearable scanners.
  • Storage point identification shelf edge technology.
  • Fully automated conveyors.

What is driving the need for collaborative technology in logistics?...

The need for efficiency is even greater now that buying methods and delivery expectations have changed forever.

As with many other business areas the use of hardware and software combined is revolutionising processes in the logistical sector but these should always be built around customer satisfaction criteria.

Although there has been a boom in logistic robotics and the application of new technology in the warehouse, there are two specific factors that are driving the current need for collaborative technology in the warehouse or handling facility:

  • The growth of e-commerce: When products are directly shipped to customers, there is a huge variety of different packing requirements.
  • The lack of available workforce: Shortage of skilled workers can affect the logistical function.

What are the benefits of adopting Robotic Logistics and Automated Technology?

The logistics industry has seen many of the tangible and clear benefits of adopting emerging and new technologies across a wide range of applications.

There are many examples we have of how the right automation strategy can bring about benefits for you. Here are just a few:

  • By reducing human error, robotic logistics and new technology can bring in significant additional profit whilst reducing warehouse costs.
  • An automation strategy can create workforce adaptability and re-purposing.
  • Robotic logistics improves safety for workers by taking over dangerous jobs such as accessing and removing items from high racks or storage spaces.
  • Reduced human error and increased delivery speed, brought about by automation, will increase customer satisfaction.

At Big Box Automation we categorise our warehouse mechanisation product range into three distinct areas:

Robotic Handling

Robotic Handling Equipment is simply applied technology that brings inventory in and out of storage. It includes movement of pallets, cages, stillages and MSU’s.

Photograph of several Automated  GO Ranger GTP's at Work in an Archive Warehouse.


Picking, goods to person, sortation and return inventory can all become automated e-fulfilment processes in a modern e-Warehouse...


Wearable technology that operates seamlessly