Once dedicated solely to tracking human performance, labor management systems are now being used to keep workers and robots marching to the same drummer in today’s bustling e-commerce DCs.

As for the source of the labor shortage, opinions vary. Some cite booming e-commerce demand, others point to an uptick in drug test failures, still others cite a wave of baby boomer retirements. But there’s one thing everyone can agree on: The problem’s not going away anytime soon. That’s led many e-commerce retailers and third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) to invest in robots and automated warehouse systems as a way to supplement their staffs and boost worker productivity.

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