Of the many structural changes that have happened within the logistics industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, strict adherence to social distancing has become one of crucial significance. Social distancing is easier said than done within supply chains, however, as logistics workers tend to work in crowded spaces. But with isolated working conditions becoming necessary, businesses are looking to introduce a variety of measures, including staggered work schedules and greater automation.
Over the past decade, warehouses have inched toward automating operations, which is in line with the idea of social distancing in the workplace. FreightWaves spoke with Jeff Cashman, COO of GreyOrange, to understand how warehouse robots can help fundamentally alter the way inventories are handled in the future.
“When you talk of touchless logistics, the key differentiation is when robotics gets integrated with the software. For touchless logistics to happen, the robot needs to understand where an inventory is located and handle it at any point in time. And the system should also be able to interact and work with the warehouse associates in real time,” said Cashman.