When most people think of the term AI, they probably conjure up images in the head of robots doing the work of people. Technically this is true, just not in the way you might think. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds daily. Not less than a few months ago, the amount of information being filtered through AI was roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day on average.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a facet of almost every aspect of the way we run our daily lives. This is not less true when it comes to the warehousing industry. Think for a moment how many times you’ve used some sort of adaptive AI in your day. Perhaps you’ve used Siri today to help find something or someplace? Possibly you used Cortana or some similar application? This bleeding effect is finding it’s way into everything we do. When it comes to the integration of AI into warehouses, businesses in the supply chains are either adopting this new technology or they plan to very soon. Roughly 85% of warehouses surveyed have stated this. This number is not a trend but a show of the necessity of this technology.
Effective Growth With Automation
With these types of numbers growing by the day, global automation cannot be far behind in the process. One massive way that adapting AI into the warehouse comes in handy is that the information is being processed in real-time. This leaves far less margin for error and can drastically cut the time needed for changes that may come up. Being able to link wirelessly to many other systems on the fly is an amazing advantage to have in communicating vital information between locations. Some warehouses run so efficiently that they need constant minimal staff. We as a people are becoming so connected to technology that even the smartphone in your pocket can be used to help effectively manage your warehouse with real-time information.
Data Mining Tech
This developing smartphone technology will allow your phone to collect relevant data and use it in real-time actual situations. The tech allows the data from your smartphone to integrate with the data from your warehouse and mine the useful data in order to make your smartphone optimized for your warehouse management. In other words, the phone will actually know what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Say, you were instructed to pick an item for an order that is urgent. The phone would know where you are in the warehouse and which item that you’re tracking leading you directly to the item in question. The phone already knows the action you are taking and gives the real-time feedback to the operator. This will be a massive time saver in the long run for any warehouse.
Just being in a smaller operation doesn’t default you to the lower spot on the totem pole anymore either. The technologies being developed and refined on a daily basis are meant to streamline operations and costs for every facet of the supply chain. Whether it be recruiting or transport, this AI integration is the single biggest innovation in the warehousing industry since the conveyor belt system. Many companies are working hard to create affordable technologies which won’t break your bankbook and will also produce the desired results for your hard earned dollars. We are living in an age where even the small businesses can have access to great technology.
There is no question that artificial intelligence is the future impetus that will keep the warehousing industry going for many years to come. The only real question is; Are you ready for the future growth of your warehouse and it’s increasingly complex needs?