An interesting study published by Statista confirms that the COVID-19 pandemic has been the main driver of digital transformation in 97% of the companies surveyed. Investment in technological equipment and services has increased steadily in recent years, and is expected to reach €2.56 trillion globally by 2025. This will make it possible to automate around 50% of current work, and Getac is prepared to become one of the great pillars of this new wave of automation.
Another study carried out by Statista reveals that online purchases will increase by 50% over the next few years, and that in 2025 they will reach 6.77 trillion euros. According to the latest Europe E-Commerce report, Spain occupies third place as the European country with the highest turnover thanks to online commercewhich has doubled its GDP, taking it from 2.60% in 2017 to 4.60% in 2021.
This increase has been “in crescendo” in most industrialized countries, which, to respond to this demand effectively, They have had to increase the number of ships, and they have also had to work to improve their profitability for the future. Statista predicts that the number of warehouses will grow significantly worldwide, rising from around 162,000 in 2022 to 179,000 in 2025.
The logistics professionals who participated in this study also talked about what the most important technological investments would be for their organization for the immediate future. 36% said that it is important to invest in a Warehouse Management System (WMS) that helps them control and optimize the processes of their companies. In second position is the Labor Management System within a warehouse (16%) followed closely by Automatic Conveyors/Classifiers (13%).
Getac reviews the technologies that define the warehouse of the future
Sector professionals agree that investment in the acquisition of new technologies to accelerate their digital transformation will have a positive impact on productivity and competitiveness of your organization. The automation and robotics markets will be the first to benefit from this measure, since they will go from an estimated value of 14.2 billion euros in 2021 to 27.59 billion euros, and from 5.67 billion euros to 9.52 billion euros respectively in the 2026.
It is expected that The number of warehouses equipped with mobile robots will increase by almost 500% to reach 53,000 in 2025, because they can perform various tasks that require little critical thinking. Furthermore, thanks to advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, etc., warehouse robots will be continually improved so that they can meet the demands of the sector.
Amazon has been investing in robotics within its warehouses for years and has thus managed to transform its processes significantly. By 2021, the company already had 350,000 robots in operation, 75% more than it had in 2019. To obtain the best possible profit, Amazon introduced an program capable of training your employees in roboticsas well as creating software and solutions with the help of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, which has allowed them save approximately 50% in costs and a 20% increase in productivitywith comparable savings.
Mobility and efficiency: essential for productivity
Autonomous vehicles such as loading units, forklifts and towing and traction vehicles are part of the technologies that will define the warehouses of the future, thanks to their countless advantages: reduction of damage caused to products, easy and safe implementation and capable of operating 24/7 without a driverfacing the labor problems that the sector is currently experiencing.
Another essential technology for the sector is the barcode reader. Nowadays, getting a pencil and paper in stores is almost an impossible task. The automation of stock control processes guarantees organizations an accuracy of 99%, that is, one error per 3,000,000 entries, compared to one error per 300 in the same process, but manually. Furthermore, the implementation of this technology guarantees real-time stock management, this will allow employees to anticipate any possible shortages.
Ruggedized devices: control and management all in one
The accelerated digital transformation to which organizations are subjected must be supported by cutting-edge technologies that ensure optimal automation of processes in a warehouse. Robust devices are one of the main solutions that allow the main trends in digitalization to be applied quickly and efficiently.
Getac’s ruggedized devices are an excellent choice, as They have been manufactured to withstand drops of up to 1.8 m, strong vibrations, splashes, extreme temperatures and other types of punishment, which guarantees a long useful life and fewer interruptions, also allowing total mobility of workers in any corner of the warehouse without fear of damaging their equipment. These devices also have an ideal platform for stock and warehouse management and even accident prevention programs.
Programs like the Getac Driving Safety Utilitywhich allows a forklift driver to lock his Tablet screen (freeze image) when he is in motion so he can concentrate on his driving or the Getac KeyWedge Barcode Reader Utility program, to scan barcode data with the touch of a button button using the rear camera, are two of the many essential robust solutions already integrated into the devices.