The keys to reimagining your supply chain with automation

pressAugust 25, 2023

The keys to reimagining your supply chain with automation

To combat increasing costs and decreasing service levels, many warehouse operators are turning to automated solutions. However, there are pitfalls to avoid. Below are key insights on what leaders need to consider when evaluating their automation options, including advice on how to:

  • Meet changing customer expectations.
  • Succeed in leveraging people and robotics.
  • Harness system integration to avoid failed implementations.
  • Build a cohesive approach that avoids islands of automation.
  • Prepare for success.

How do suppliers keep pace with the accelerating speed of customer demand? 

Warehouses are under enormous pressure due to ‘order today and ship tomorrow’ customer expectations. They often struggle to funnel operations through systems that are not equipped to move large volumes quickly, leading to an increase in cost and a decrease in service levels. To overcome these challenges, it’s necessary to rethink the way you operate your supply chain and manage your warehouse.

Succeed in leveraging people and robotics

In the quest to reimagine the supply chain, leaders often look to software and robotic automation solutions. But transforming warehouses to include the latest technology requires an extensive investment of resources — including time, labor, and funds.

The enormity of deploying automation in warehouses and supply chains cannot be underestimated. As a leader in food supply chain innovation, NewCold has a track record of partnering with organizations to implement end-to-end logistics solutions that are highly automated. 

Harness system integration to avoid failed implementations

To optimize a return on automation, an operational solution design is instrumental. To ensure superior operational efficacy and efficiency, using robotics, system integration is key. It’s the secret sauce. Your systems must harmonize to carry out the exact functions you require. And they must empower your people to hit targets. To do that, leaders must take a comprehensive view of their operations.


Build a cohesive approach that avoids islands of automation

After two decades of providing tailored solutions to our customers, we know that picking partners in your supply chain is something that you will spend a lot of time on. There are additional concerns when it comes to automation. NewCold has pioneered large, automated temperature-controlled warehouses because of the gains in efficiency, cost, and sustainability.

When reimagining the supply chain, organizations often decide to standardize processes to work more efficiently. And often that standardization requires a change management process. Having the right partner in place can also help to navigate the change management necessary when deploying automation. And that cohesive approach prevents ‘islands of automation’ that do not sync with the rest of your supply chain. 


Prepare for success

Seamless system integration plus the preparation to understand and optimize work processes avoids a siloed approach to automation. But that’s just the start.

At the end of the day, what’s going to ensure a company’s success is its commitment to the people inside the warehouse — and your appetite for change.

As a pioneer in advanced food logistics solutions, NewCold has partnered with major global food producers to optimize their supply chain with our automated solutions.

We develop and operate state-of-the-art temperature-controlled facilities in 15 locations on three continents. Our world-class proprietary software systems, energy efficiency, and productivity stand above conventional solutions. This vertical integration allows us to be agile in responding to customer demands. With extensive in-house expertise in executing the entire project lifecycle, we are redefining the design, development, and operation of automated temperature-controlled warehouses.

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