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Automation in Logistics, where to begin?

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Automation in Logistics, where to begin?

In the world of logistics and supply chain management, automation has become a key factor for efficiency, cost savings, and competitive advantage. However, implementing automated systems can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. In this blog, we will discuss the different degrees of warehouse automation, from digitisation to full automation, and how each step can improve your warehouse processes.

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Carry out a thorough analysis

Before starting automation, it is essential to carry out a thorough analysis of your current logistics processes. Identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and areas where manual tasks can be replaced by automated solutions. This analysis will help you prioritise the most important to-do’s and give you a clear picture of where to start.


The first step in warehouse automation is often digitisation. This includes replacing manual processes with digital tools. Consider, for example, the use of barcode scanners, tablets, and printers to streamline processes such as inventory management and order fulfillment. With digitisation, work for warehouse staff is simplified and errors can be reduced.

Digitisation with process change

This degree of automation goes beyond just digitising processes. It includes rethinking and adapting existing warehouse processes to take maximum advantage of available digital solutions. An example is voice picking, where order picking is digitised using voice-activated technology. This requires adjustments to processes, such as defining the right controls and integrating the corresponding software.

Full automation

The highest degree of warehouse automation is to fully automate your warehouse. This includes implementing robots and machines that can take over tasks previously performed by employees. With automated processes, you can work significantly more efficiently and increase productivity. Think of automated storage and retrieval systems, automated sorting systems, and autonomous vehicles. The aim is to reduce human effort and improve the accuracy and speed of warehouse operations.

Warehouse automation can take your logistics processes to the next level. Depending on your business needs and budget, we develop a plan of action together with you. In doing so, we support you in every step of the warehouse automation process so that you can take full advantage of improved efficiency and competitive advantage in your logistics operations.

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