Number of warehouses to increase as online sales grows, says study

zebra warehouse vision study

Enterprises are expected to increase the number of warehouses as global online sales continue to grow as per a study by Zebra Technologies’, manufacturer of tracking and computer technologies, Asia-Pacific results of its latest Warehouse Vision Study.

The global survey compares input from over 1,000 IT and operations warehouse professionals from retail, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, and wholesale distribution sectors across countries – including Australia, China, and India – on expectations for 2015 through to 2020.

Warehouse executives surveyed say they plan on equipping staff with new technologies to meet the needs of increasing shipment volumes.

Zebra is also introducing a collection of products designed for warehousing tasks. The Total Wearable Solutions – the world’s only dedicated family of wearable devices built on the Android™ operating system (OS) – is backed by Zebra Mobility DNA, with hands-free and speech-directed picking that increases user mobility, comfort and accuracy. Compared with traditional speech-only wearable devices, the new multi-modal solution delivers 15 percent productivity improvements, with a 39 percent reduction in errors.

In Asia Pacific, 74% of respondents have plans to outfit their warehouse staff with technology, specifically to raise investment in Internet of Things (72%), barcode scanning technologies (70%), tablet computers (69%), big data/data analytics (67%), and warehouse/truck loading automation (64%) in the next five years.

Half of the respondents say warehouse investments are mainly driven by the need to reduce transportation costs, while 41% demand shorter delivery times, and 38% see the need to accommodate new supplier and trading partner locations. Other factors include change to inventory policies (33%), talent/skill shortages (28%), and omni-channel pressures (21%).

Joe White, VP (Enterprise Mobile Computing), Zebra Technologies, said, “Zebra’s Warehouse Vision Report found that 72 percent of nearly 1,400 logistics professionals expect to use voice-directed picking solutions by 2020, up from just 30 percent in 2015. They recognize the need to help workers focus on the task at hand, rather than on handling a device. By liberating warehouse workers’ hands and eyes, Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions will improve productivity and enhance their mobility, comfort and accuracy with all the necessary information in sight.”

“With the surge of e-commerce activities in Asia Pacific in recent years, led by China and India, the region has become the ‘warehouse of the world’. IT and operations decision makers in warehouses and distribution centers consistently need to identify new ways to improve productivity and reduce costs to stay competitive,” said Ryan Goh, VP & GM (Sales),  Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific.

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