Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler reported how 5G networks offer warehouses and distribution centers the opportunity to build smart facilities and create new revenue streams. Cutler interviewed Carsten Funke of Picavi USA for the VanillaPlus feature article.
Funke shared that this pandemic has accelerated adoption of Pick-by-Vision and that 5G was an inevitable part of the modernization journey, noting that, “With data speeds slated to be 25 times faster than today’s 4G networks and lag reduced to virtually zero, 5G appears to promise unending opportunities to strengthen connectivity and digitization—both within factories’ four walls, and beyond them at every step along the entire value chain.”
According to Cutler, there are many driving forces behind the automation trend, including rapid growth in ecommerce sales and a growing demand for rapid order fulfillment. Labor availability during the pandemic as well as workplace safety must be addressed with every automation solution. As technology awareness grows, more warehouse and DC managers; COVID-19 accelerated this process along with the real-time rapidity of 5G.
More than half of all distribution centers are still using paper to pick, pack, and ship. The results from this archaic approach are high levels of mis-picks, mis-packs, and mis-ships. Warehouse automation statistics show that automation is making a big impact on warehouses and distribution centers.
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About TR Cutler, Inc.
Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here.
During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond.
Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4400 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.
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