Zebra Technologies commissioned a global research study to analyse the trends and challenges that are transforming warehousing operations. The study asked 1,403 IT and operational decision makers from manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, post and parcel delivery and wholesale distribution industries for their insights on current and planned strategies for modernising their warehouses, distribution centres and fulfilment centres from 2019-2024.
Warehousing, distribution and fulfilment operations are undergoing a modern-day makeover as they transform to meet the growing demands of the world’s instant gratification, on-demand economy. Faced with an evolving omnichannel landscape, ever-increasing volumes, faster delivery requirements and a global shortage of workers, industry leaders must modernise to keep pace.
Respondents to Zebra’s Warehousing Vision Study cited the need to modernise operations by deploying innovative technologies that drive positive outcomes. The study found that 49% of respondents reported an increase in consumer demand as a top driver for growth. Almost 40% of those surveyed stated that shorter order lead times are fuelling their expansion plans and causing them to rethink their strategies.