With the implementation of lockdown, demand from the e-commerce sector surged, adding extra pressure to an already burgeoning sector. The situation therefore raises inevitable questions; is our logistics industry fit for purpose and what forces will come into play to help shape the economy of tomorrow?
Disruptive technology was reshaping industry way before lockdown and will become increasingly more important over the next decade. Robotics is one of these disruptors. Robots are now an accepted part of the factory and warehouse and with their ability to perform basic functions, they have improved the efficiency of many a workplace. But the ability of robotics to be a force for change under the new normal will depend on how widely this technology is deployed – and how quickly.
With restrictions on human interaction brought about by the pandemic, the use of automated alternatives to traditional labour are gaining prominence. But the question is, which technology offers the most effective solution to the challenge of increasing productivity without increasing manpower?