Do you remember the last time you’ve read an article that was talking about future trends without using the word disruption? Even though the word was described as the emptiest buzzword by the Guardian in 2016, it’s still the most practical and impactful synonym for revolutionary.
Last year it happened with warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. In an event held in November 2016 in Sydney, much was discussed about how the Internet of Things, cloud solutions and mobile devices would disrupt the industry.
But what disruption really means?
First of all, disruption is not the same as innovation. The first stands for profoundly changing the way an industry operates in a new and effective way, whereas innovation is the use of a new idea or method.
Much was said about the industry being disrupted soon by the age of automation: wearable technology, robotics, augmented reality and driverless technologies. Even though it looks like something that will only take place in a few years or a decade, a few companies are already running tests.
Amazon has started to use cobots for its warehouses in an attempt to improve human work productivity and achieve automation, augmented reality is already in use in other warehouses to assist workers through their activities and driverless cars are not only a reality for Google, but it’s already in use in our industry:
Even though all of it might seem scary and expensive, we can say it is just the natural course of things. Big companies look for better solutions for their processes and after a few years those solutions are available for smaller businesses for a much attractive price until it becomes obsolete. When that happens, a new disruption takes place.
Coming back to the reality in 2017, we must proud ourselves for being part of an industry that has been extremely innovative over the past years: centralisation and barcode integration among many others. All of those are the results of a time when a good system is the most important step.
An easy way to enter the future is making sure your business already operates with a good system that is integrating and automating everything that is possible within your reality. If that is not your case yet, did you know that Zapala Go has a tailored solution for you?
Zapala Go provides removal, relocation, freight forwarding and storage solutions with a simple, end-to-end solution to quoting, warehousing and operational visibility. Our understanding of industry best practices and processes from years of experience working with relocation specialists, removalists, warehouses and logistic clients, was crucial in building a tailored software to solve all your problems.