For a new generation of supply-chain recruits, automation is changing the nature of work on warehouse floors and in leadership positions.
The impact of robots on logistics operations is becoming more complicated as companies consider how automation affects both management leaders and warehouse floor staffers.
Some businesses claim that investing in automation is assisting them in attracting a new generation of tech-savvy workers interested in working on the latest developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technologies aimed at increasing supply chain efficiency. The advancement of robots that can lift, move, and pack a growing variety of products is changing the nature of blue-collar jobs in warehouses, expanding the pool of potential recruits in a tight labour market. The changes occur at a time when many businesses are considering automation to reduce the number of employees in their logistics operations, both to save money and to make the flow of goods through distribution networks more efficient and predictable.