By Mary Hart
In the rapidly evolving world of warehousing and supply chain management, staying ahead of the competition requires innovation, adaptability, flexibility, and efficiency. How can you keep up with the highs and lows of order volumes while also improving the productivity of your warehouse?
Automation in the form of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) provides benefits that go beyond the traditional financial return on investment (ROI) for your warehouse. The financial aspect is important, of course, but there is also the “soft ROI”—the non-financial benefits. There are several soft ROI benefits of warehouse robots (outlined further in this white paper) that can transform your warehouse into an efficient facility of innovation and productivity.
Reduced Push-Pull Injuries
Say goodbye to the physical wear and tear on your human associates who previously had to walk over 12 miles each day in your warehouse while pulling or pushing a 100-300-pound cart. When you introduce AMRs into your warehouse, the robots take on the heavy lifting of carrying orders through the warehouse. This reduces injuries and employee fatigue, leading to more productive employees.
Increased Employee Retention
When human associates work alongside their robotic coworkers, the benefits are endless for employee retention. First, the human associates are introduced to working with new technology, which can upskill them into new roles and promotions in your warehouse. They also love working with AMRs for the “cool” factor and have more energy at the end of the day. Humans working with AMRs makes for a positive and fulfilling work environment, inspiring employee loyalty.
Improved Order Accuracy and Productivity
With AMRs in your warehouse working alongside humans, you can boost your warehouse’s productivity by 200-300%! AMRs minimize unproductive associate walking time by autonomously traveling to the pick locations where the humans are waiting. Along with productivity, warehouse robots improve order accuracy. In the case of one customer, Locus Robotics increased their order accuracy percentage to 98%.
Increased Flexibility and Adaptability
Warehouse managers know that every day brings a different amount of orders to fulfill, especially during peak season. With AMRs and the Locus Robotics’ robots-as-a-service (RaaS) subscription model, you can scale your number of bots up or down as needed to easily adapt to your changing business needs.
Decreased Training Time
As you add in more human associates to handle seasonal peak demands, you can get them up and working quickly with robots with ease. Training time to learn how to work alongside Locus Robotics’ AMRs takes just 15 minutes instead of days and weeks. Our user-friendly (and language-friendly) display and interface slashes training times, maximizing productivity even during peak periods.
Improved AI Data-Driven Decision Making
Use the power of real-time AI data-driven insights from the Locus Robotics’ dashboard to make strategic decisions on your warehouse floor. Our advanced analytics and AI algorithms provide valuable operational performance insights and opportunities for continuous improvement from your human associates all the way up to the executive team.
The future of warehousing is here, and it’s driven by humans working alongside robots. Don’t miss out on the incredible soft ROI and the financial ROI benefits that warehouse robots can offer to your warehouse.
This white paper dives deeper into the soft ROI benefits of warehouse robots.
Take a read and then talk to us to learn more.