Software will choreograph tomorrow’s warehouse work The warehouse of the future will not be technology-dependent but technology enhanced-a blend of technology, machine, and manpower.

Software will choreograph tomorrow’s warehouse work The warehouse of the future will not be technology-dependent but technology enhanced-a blend of technology, machine, and manpower. Supply chain software, already a critical element today, will actually the work of this new highly automated warehouse, trimming fat, dumping waste, and eliminating redundancy wherever it is found. Workers will be fewer, but more qualified, better trained, and more motivated. What has everyone involved in material handling and warehouse management salivating are radio frequency identification technology systems that are made up of three components – an antenna or coil, a transceiver and a transponder, usually in the form of a tag. Future warehouse management technologies will perform functions impossible today, including finite scheduling and the process sequencing of orders, allowing the operation to take advantage of its capacities while managing its constraints. Those constraints will include labor, physical space, yard capacity, order mix and value added processing, a factor that will loom large in warehouses to come.
Then in a 3 page paper discuss the following questions:
– How can flexibility be built into warehouse planning and design to accommodate change for the future?
– What would it require?
– What are the trade-offs with respect to allocating resources up front or into the future?