Thursday, October 24 • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
As the labour shortage accelerates and consumer expectations evolve due to industry disrupters like e-commerce and omni-channel distribution, manual systems will not remain competitive in the supply chain space. Considering that we are in a market where labour is not only scare but also aging, where the average labourer in a warehouse is 44 years old, great supply chain leaders are forecasting the future of their operations with automation at top of mind. Conversely, with higher turnover and a competitive labour market a highly skilled workforce becomes more and more difficult to maintain, putting accuracy, efficiency, and your bottom line at risk.
Distribution centre workers spend between 40-60% of their time walking the floor to pick locations – to say nothing of the inevitable mistakes from a manual picking process. Automation can improve order accuracy up to 99% and increase productivity up to 50%. Neglecting to automate leaves your business at risk, creating challenges in meeting consumer demand and leaving the door open for your competitors. This is true in all industries. This session will discuss how to implement automation at various levels effectively, enabling you to optimize labour, improve space utilization, and create the excellent supply chain visibility that is required to gain and maintain the competitive advantage needed to remain successful.
Pre-Sales Manager, Dematic Robotics Centre of Excellence
Mr. Kevin Heath began his career at Dematic in 2003 and has subsequently held positions in Applications Engineering, Solution Development, and Robotics. As an Applications Engineer, Kevin led large Mechanical Engineering teams on program accounts responsible for multiple simultaneous facilities. Within Solution Development, Kevin took on a wide variety of roles from managing a team of veteran Principal Engineers to establishing and growing multiple accounts with both new clients and large program accounts, implementing numerous projects annually. Finally, as a founding member of the Dematic Global Robotics Team, Kevin is a robotics ambassador that is focused on growing the adoption of robotic automation for Dematic’s global clients.