Majority of automation demand coming from FMCG and pharma sectors says Swisslog
Swisslog Middle East, a global leader in robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions, says it is seeing increasing demand for automated logistics solutions in industries ranging from e-commerce and retail, to F&B and pharma.
“While automated picking and packing has been around for a while, the next wave of change is being brought about by robotics. A warehouse that deploys robots reduces costs significantly while boosting efficiency,” says Alain Kaddoum, general manager, Swisslog Middle East.
“Several businesses in the UAE and globally have benefitted immensely from logistics automation and, particularly in the Middle East, we are seeing increasing demand for automated logistics solutions in industries ranging from e-commerce and retail, to F&B and pharma,” he added.
Kaddoum made the comments ahead of Materials Handling Middle East, the region’s dedicated trade show for warehousing, intralogistics and supply chain solutions.
Running 3-5 September at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the 10th edition of the biennial event will welcome more than 120 exhibitors to come from 20 countries, and will spotlight the latest automated solutions designed to improve operational and cost efficiency.
Swisslog will use Materials Handling Middle East as a platform to introduce CarryPick, a flexible and modular AGV-based storage and order picking system designed for multi-channel intralogistics that can fulfil 20 orders simultaneously.
On top of robotics, Kaddoum forecasts that digital transformation will majorly disrupt industry streams such as inventory management, cargo loading, order picking, and real-time monitoring of stocks.
“Technology is and will continue to be a truly disruptive force in how the modern supply chain is shaped, defined, and explored. From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter and simpler supply chain management,” he said.
“In the future, companies will leverage new and innovative technologies to create a self-orchestrated supply chain and previously unimaginable efficiencies.”
Running alongside Materials Handling Middle East 2019 will be a series of educational sessions and seminars along with presentations around key strategies, policies and trends in supply chain management and logistics.
Elsewhere, the Forklift Operator of the Year competition will return, featuring UAE’s most skilled Forklift drivers who will be judged on their ability to safely and efficiently manoeuvre electric forklift machinery in tight and narrow spaces.