The Corona Pandemic is having a profound impact on the global economy. The first economic dent after the lockdown in spring 2020 will be followed by further setbacks due to the recent increase in the number of infections. The “new normal” has not yet prevailed - uncertainty and fears are too great. It is not advisable to wait any longer to deal proactively with the effects of this natural disaster; the time lost in implementing relevant new technologies and solutions can no longer be made up.
Extreme events in companies, such as the infection process in the meat industry, have shown the vulnerability of organizations. Despite all precautionary measures, contact between employees cannot always be completely avoided. This is particularly true for processes that involve a high level of manual and personnel effort, such as inventory and inventory processes in intralogistics. At the same time, significant changes in customer behavior have become apparent since the outbreak of the corona pandemic: Strong fluctuations in demand and significant growth in online sales pose particular challenges for warehousing. What is now important: Flexibility in order to be able to meet the changing challenges.
There are already many innovative solutions on the market that enable companies to maintain their inventory and inventory processes regardless of the human factor. In this case, the focus is on the greatest possible autonomy. This is provided by the inventAIRy® XL inventory drone. The combination of software, drone and floor robot is used for automated inventory recording in pallet racking warehouses. The inventory drone works its way through the warehouse, aisle by aisle, for up to five hours at a time, navigating completely autonomously. In addition to classic inventory data, the system records other parameters, such as packaging quality or possible damage, evaluates them and prepares the data for transfer to downstream systems (WMS, ERP).
The otherwise highly manual processes for inventory and inventory can be carried out risk-free. In addition, the user of the inventory drone saves time, reduces costs and receives valid data that is updated on a daily basis and offers both planning security and flexibility. In times of bottlenecks in the availability of employees, existing capacities can be used efficiently and with added value. This offers a number of advantages, especially given the required resilience of the supply chain.
But when is the right time to introduce new technologies in the warehouse? Is it worth investing in inventory drones, especially now, in times of economic and social uncertainty? Receive our whitepaper “Inventory drones and COVID-19 - arguments for investing in the crisis” here and find out why now is the right time to bring your warehouse to the next level of digitization.