A NEW PUSH FOR
INNOVATION OFFERSPREDICTABILITY ANDEFFICIENCY, BUT CANEVERYONE AFFORD IT?
When the Coronavirus began its scary, unpredictable trek across the US in March and April, Joe Dunlap, head of Supply Chain Advisory for CBRE, checked in with hisclients, who are supply chain, logistics, distribution and warehouse industry professionals.
Perhaps not surprisingly, they kept raising the same questions.
They would ask, ‘had I been ready for this and had more of my
operations automated, would I have less of a strain with labor?’
Dunlap says. Another question: If part of my workforce were out of
operation for being ill, would I have been able to process better?
As the pandemic wears on, this hyperfocus on automation continues.
When cataclysmic events happen, that kind of introspectionisn’t surprising, according to Rich Thompson, internationaldirector, supply chain and logistics at JLL.
“Whenever there’s a pandemic or some big national disaster,
BY LES SHAVER