Some things in the warehouse industry have not changed in years. Equipment like yard ramps, industrial shelving and forklifts have remained the same for quite some time, but other forms of technology change almost on a month-to-month basis.
In the digital age, it is hard to follow the rapidly changing technological landscape, but we at Murray Materials Handling do a pretty good job of keeping up with the times. As we close out the year, we decided to take a look at what has changed in the warehousing industry in 2015.
For an interesting look at our previous predictions for 2015, check out what we wrote about warehousing trends in December of last year.
Here are just a few of the major innovations that have taken center stage over the past year
New Ways to Purchase Goods
The e-commerce industry had a more than stellar year, taking in more than 11 billion dollars over the Black Friday weekend. At the same time, brick-and-mortar stores tried to outperform what is becoming their main competition in retail: Amazon.com.
The increase in e-commerce sales has led to a complete re-tuning of the warehousing industry, with the focus switching from bulk delivery to stores to smaller fulfillments that ship directly to consumers. It has created an environment where bigger warehouses are necessary to maintain the appropriate levels of stock, and has also led to more warehouses popping up all across the country in order to stay within reach of consumers and deliver goods faster than ever.
New Smart Technology
With the added stress of e-commerce pressing warehouses to be faster and more efficient, smart technology has been implemented in order to up the game of warehouse operations.
From RFID tracking to wearable tech, new management systems and streamlined automation systems, warehouses have implemented more technology into their day-today processes than ever.
New Green Trends
As warehouses integrate more technological and automated systems, the government has ramped up environmental regulations and laws in order to combat the fear of climate change.
Companies are now looking to curb their environmental impact and avoid heavy fees by embracing the latest green trends in warehousing.
Need New Equipment?
Regardless of the technological and industry-wide changes that have happened in the warehousing industry over the past year, the need for high quality equipment remains the same. If you are looking to upgrade your old equipment, contact Murray Materials Handling and let us know what you need.