Offline retailers are learning about the benefits of some of the practises of online retailers. While leading etailers like Amazon, Jabong, Pepperfry and Flipkart have automated warehouses, retailers are looking to do the same. Hindustan Unilever and Future Group are planning to automate their warehouses. They intend to turn their storage 100% robot monitored.

Logistics companies like Delhivery, Gojavas, DTDC among others also have fully automated warehouses.

“We have already automated our warehouses around 3 years back and we continue to adopt new technologies and plan to invest around Rs 60 to Rs 100 crore in 2016-17,” confirms Rakesh Biyani, director of Future Group.

Why automate warehouses?

An automated warehouse, as the name suggests, is a warehouse where the consignments are stored and transferred by machines. Conveyor belts, pulleys and robots are employed in an automated system, and human involvement is either partly or fully eliminated.

The benefits of having an automated warehouse include:

  • Reduced errors
  • Elimination of manual entry
  • Simplifying and tackling the issues related to backend and last mile
  • Smoother handling and operation process
  • Fewer number of handling steps
  • Reduced expenses