So, with the news late last week that the White House pushed off a planned increase on tariffs for China-originated goods heading to the United States, all of the talk about things like a U.S-China “trade war” and ongoing “trade tensions” between the two countries are null and void, correct?
Forget 500,000-square-foot—or even 50,000-square-foot—distribution centers. Materials handling automation and technologies are the next trend in brick-and-mortar fulfillment.
Although a recession in the next six months appears unlikely, business conditions for the equipment finance industry are also unlikely to improve materially over the rest of the year, particularly for equipment verticals that serve the manufacturing sector.
Warehouses smaller than 120,000 square-feet growing in demand, due largely to continued e-commerce growth.
From automation to lift trucks and emerging data networks to track and trace products, cold chain is rapidly changing. It might even become a model others want to emulate.
September shipments, at 1.199, were up 0.8% compared to August and down 3.4% annually, and expenditures were off 4.5% annually and up 0.5% compared to August.
Research recently issued by Los Angeles-based industrial real estate firm CBRE pointed to warehouses smaller than 120,000 square-feet, which it refers to as “light-industrial” properties, as growing in demand, due largely in part to continued e-commerce growth.
Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are making their initial forays into warehouse operations. The expected outcome is DCs able to respond dynamically to current supply chain conditions not pre-set rules. Look for newfound flexibility and an ability to respond to specific customer demands.
Here’s how one global oilfield service and equipment company replaced its forklifts with carts to achieve major efficiency gains and cost savings while also improving worker safety, engagement and ergonomics.
Powered by dynamic, real-time software, light-directed picking and putting technologies have entered a new phase in their evolution.