Is the Time Right to Add Automation?

Today we have a special guest post from Scott Stone, E-business manager for Cisco-Eagle, Inc., a provider of integrated material handling and storage systems for industrial operations.

automation - Cisco EagleIn anticipation of the 2014 holiday season, e-commerce giant Amazon reportedly deployed an “army of nearly 10,000 robots” to its distribution centers worldwide. Nasdaq notes that the deployment of robots en masse strengthens Amazon’s same-day or overnight delivery services due to the decreased time spent sorting and packing products. In other words, the robots help Amazon meet increased demand during the peak holiday season, when it sees spikes in customer traffic.

For Amazon, this type of automation is a no-brainer, particularly with holiday sales accounting for such a major portion of the company’s annual revenues. But what about mid-sized companies who are on the fence about automating warehouse operations? How do these organizations know when the time is right to automate and, more…

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