We’ve been thinking a lot about the future and all that’s to come for the supply chain and logistics industry. After attending #ProMat2019 recently, it weighed especially heavy on our minds, and the question “what’s next?” drove conversations and came up in almost every interaction we had.

But just talking or thinking about it isn’t enough anymore; we want to plan and prepare strategically for the future so that when it arrives, we’ve already made the changes and innovations necessary to stay relevant and competitive.

We want to help you do the same.

The Future of the DC is a brand new series that we will roll out beginning next week. Comprised of three blog posts, you’ll get to hear about how labor can integrate with automation, the role labor will take in the future DC and how to lead in a state of the art facility. Today, we’re sharing a sneak peek of what you can expect throughout this series:

How Labor Integrates with Automation

There’s no doubt that automation makes work smoother. But what happens to your overall efficiency? While automation takes over elements of jobs, is the performance or utilization of your labor force slipping? This first post will help you identify opportunities where labor can integrate with automation in a smarter, more optimized way.

But you won’t just get help with opportunity identification; you’ll walk away from this post with actionable next steps that you can then take back to your own operation to implement with your labor force.

The Role of Labor in the Future DC

Even with automation, we won’t ever fully replace the labor force. So what role will it play in the future DC that is outfitted with all of this new technology and automation?

“Easier” work will be a huge component of the future DC, that is, automation will significantly simplify the way work is done, leading to less physically demanding jobs for the labor force on the floor. While this appears to be good for optimization purposes, there are also cons to it. What happens when work gets monotonous because automation has so simplified the role? How can on-the-floor technology also help drive engagement?

Leading in a State of the Art Facility

With automation leading the way for the DCs of the future, the amount of change that will take place is unprecedented. That means that DCs will also need to have leadership teams equipped with individuals that can motivate and lead in this new environment. For example, including more engineers on executive leadership teams can help set expectations and ensure proper testing and deployment is successful as new technology is integrated in daily operations.

Getting automation and new technology in the door is just the first step. Making sure that automation and technology is properly managed while employees stay satisfied and ROI remains high requires a creative and flexible leadership team.

All this and more is coming to the LogistiPoint blog, right here, in just a week. Make sure you tune in to take advantage of the full posts on these topics. We’ll also be talking about these topics on social media, and we’d love to hear what you think. If you’d like to join the conversation and share your own thoughts about the future of the DC, follow along with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.