The Robots Have Arrived: You’re Fired!

That’s the fear, isn’t it?  I think that this prediction is half right. The robots are coming, so brace yourself.  Whether we like it or not, the robots are coming. However, I don’t think those robots are going to be taking over our jobs any time soon. We’re not looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that have reached sophistication where robots can take over our world. I just don’t see that happening….

Automation Smooths Out Seasonal Peaks & Valleys

It’s suprising but huge warehouses with several sophisticated systems are not immune from sending their warehouse operators home in the middle of the day due of lack of work. Planning is especially hard in peak holiday seasons. Often, it seems warehouse managers have no effective tools to accurately forecast labor demands based on outstanding orders waiting fulfillment. If you take a step back to see the historical evolution of the labor management systems, it all…

Smart Machine Age Shifts the Future Workforce

Photo courtesy: Port of Atlanta Recently, I was invited to take a place on a Tech for Distribution Center (DC) panel during the annual Georgia Logistics Summit. We tackled some intriguing questions: During this time of technological change, what does the future work force look like? What is the most important quality to look for when hiring? Who will be best suited to carry the organization into the new smart machine age? The Center for Logistics…

Windows CE – End of Life – Why is now

If you are running a warehouse or a Distribution Center (DC), I am sure you ran into the ubiquitous scan gun. Not only you see this all the time, but also sometimes you see this in the least expected places, for example all the way on the 7th level of your racks in one of your pallet positions, sometimes even in the box that is destined to the customer, sometimes under some user’s desk, this…