What is Retail Automation?
The retail industry is under immense pressure, and customer expectations only continue to surge. While some will struggle to adapt, other enterprises will stay ahead of the curve by pursuing automation to address many modern challenges the retail industry faces.
Industry-wide automation is being implemented daily by enterprises with a growing need to meet demand, boost customer experiences, improve operational efficiency, and reduce costs.
Briefly, Retail automation is the process of using automation technology to optimize operations by improving various manufacturing, distribution, and fulfillment processes. As digital transformation initiatives push forward in various sectors, it’s no question that automation aims to be the future of the retail industry.
The path towards automating the retail industry exists to provide businesses with tools to streamline repetitive, manual, or otherwise time-consuming procedures while also solving challenges such as increased labor costs and greater demands from consumers.
Understanding the Benefits of Retail Automation
There are several operational benefits to retail automation. Understanding those benefits will allow you to understand why the technology is such a valuable asset to any business or supply chain.
First, automation works to reshape current retail business models and the retail supply chain. The goal is to create logistics strategies with fewer steps, and greater throughput, led by an educated workforce empowered with real-time analytics.
Specifically, retail automation focuses on simplifying, removing, and automating as many low-value or time-consuming manual tasks as possible. Not only does this lower employee workload, but it frees operators up so that their time can be used on more valuable and complex tasks. In addition, as retail moves to automation, employees can work more safely since many more dangerous jobs, such as picking products from tight warehouse aisles, are robotically automated.
The Berkshire Grey Solution
Berkshire Grey partners with retailers worldwide to build comprehensive, customized robotic automation solutions. Berkshire Grey’s AI-enabled, scalable technology overcomes labor scarcity challenges, speeds up order fulfillment, and improves profitability overall for retailers.
Pick, place, and sort with automation
Berkshire Grey’s Robotic Product Sortation (BG RPS) systems pick tens of millions of items round-the-clock for major retailers. Linking Berkshire Grey’s robotic automation solutions with traditional conveyor-based solutions has never been easier with solutions such as Berkshire Grey’s Robotic Induction Stations (BG RIS) retaining the ability to pick and place items into traditional sortation systems. Additionally, BG RIS improves standard order throughput and sorter utilization by up to 25% to 50% without requiring any additional labor.
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Advantages to Retail Automation
Berkshire Grey’s retail automation solutions can be advantageous in several ways. Using a unique selection of items from Berkshire Grey’s solution portfolio, a company can easily automate many of its processes.
As online shopping becomes a requirement for many consumers, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers must also compete with online stores. Automation is critical for retailers to streamline their eCommerce fulfillment operations alongside traditional store replenishment. Fortunately, Berkshire Grey’s automation solutions look to optimize both.
In an increasingly competitive retail landscape, retaining customers is a more significant challenge than ever, and robotic automation is poised to be part of the answer. Automation is an important part of serving consumers more quickly and accurately, increasing customer satisfaction as a result. While some might see automation as a solution with greater relevance to eCommerce, robotic automation solutions can boost retail success in physical stores as easily as they can in an online environment.
Why Berkshire Grey?
Robotics As A ServiceUsing Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS), an enterprise can unlock the value of robotic automated fulfillment without the severe upfront capital that used to be required. By partnering with Berkshire Grey, you can incorporate artificial intelligence into your existing infrastructure and see the technology scale alongside you.
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Every business can achieve enterprise-scale performance by integrating the appropriate automation solutions in its operations. Berkshire Grey’s robotic automation solutions utilize cutting-edge mobility, robotic picking systems, and AI orchestration software to meet retail automation challenges head-on.
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Contact the BG Fulfillment Automation Sales Engineering Team to Learn How to:
- Reduce operations expense by up to 70%.
- Lessen your dependency on labor.
- Bolster facility throughput by up to 25% to 50% with automation.
- Get a customized ROI analysis of your specific environment and business.
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