Tech implementation key to compete and thrive in the on-demand economy

Zebra Technologies Corporation, in its latest Warehousing Asia Pacific Vision Study, revealed that over the next five years, both automation and worker augmentation solutions will be a key focus for decision-makers’ plans.

The study analyzes IT and operations decision-makers from manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, post and parcel delivery and wholesale distribution industries for their current and planned strategies to modernize warehouses, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.

Aik Jin Tan, APAC Vertical Solutions Lead, Manufacturing and Transportation & Logistics, Zebra Technologies, Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director of India, Zebra Technologies and Sanjay Nare, Pre-Sales Head- India & Sub Continents, Zebra Technologies hosted a media roundtable on behalf of Zebra where they revealed the results of the study.

“Consumers today have seemingly insatiable demands for 24/7 product search and purchase. The ‘I want it now’ mentality of consumers stretches across all industries and have since upended the supply chain, impacting manufacturers, retailers and the warehousing operations that serve their needs,” said Mr. Agarwal.

According to Aik Jin, to match up to the on-demand mentality of consumers, decision-makers will need to quickly train their front-line workers to fill orders more efficiently. He also said that by 2024, warehouse leaders will be shifting their focus to the integration of more holistic solutions to build data-powered environments that balance labour and automation in the warehouse, ultimately empowering front-line workers with a performance edge to lead the way.

The key findings of the survey are:

  • By 2024, automation will enhance worker performance rather than replace workers.
  • Rethinking fulfilment strategies and operations to meet emerging challenges across the warehouse remains a top priority.  
  • The investment and implementation of new technologies is critical for remaining competitive in the on-demand economy.

During the roundtable session, Zebra also launched four new products- the MC9300 Ultra-rugged Mobile Touch Computer, the MC3330R Integrated UHF RFID Handheld Reader, the MC3390R Integrated Long-Range UHF Handheld RFID Reader, and the ZT600 Series Industrial Printer.

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