The Benefits of Warehouse Automation

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing

For many years now, there have been a multitude of changes that warehouse automation have contributed to the 3PL, co-packing, and trucking industry. This advancement has led to the decrease of some occupations but has also simultaneously led to increased capacity and accuracy.  

An automated warehouse is one where its’ day-to-day procedures are carried out by machines and systems. This method helps make the internal processes straightforward and exact. Conveyor belts, automated storage and retrieval systems, data capturing, bar code scanners/readers, and inventory automation are just some of the processes that are implemented in warehousing to optimize efficiency.

Warehouse automation can offer many benefits to companies such as improved productivity and precision. In addition, it can lower labor costs from reduced employees that are required to carry out warehouse operations. Automation can also utilize space, which yields lower transportation costs due to more tightly packed pallets. This, in turn, would also make distribution more efficient and downscale costs by up to 10%.

​Regardless of the modern advancements through automation, it will not completely remove human jobs. In addition to the difficulty of automating all warehouse processes, there are many tasks that people must do in warehouses that machinery cannot. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, 18 Wheels strives to make our business methods cost-effective and fruitful through responsible automation. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.