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UK Labour Shortages Put Warehouses in Crisis
as Peak Season Starts

By Neil Berry, SVP and GM, EMEA

With a limited labour pool, UK businesses must find innovative ways to avoid supply chain disruption as peak season is underway. Robotic automation is the answer.

With the peak holiday shopping season on the horizon, there are increased concerns across the UK distribution and logistics industry that ongoing issues might have a significant impact on both retail profitability and customer satisfaction.

Demand for physical products skyrockets during the festive period. With the global health crisis still making waves across almost every business sector, there is a very real fear that a combination of labour shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, increased eCommerce activity, and the post-Brexit landscape could produce what The Guardian referred to as “a perfect storm” of high demand and restricted supply.

Warehousing has Unprecedented Labour Issues

According to Reuters, British warehouses are facing an unprecedented labour shortage in 2021. The completion of Brexit aside, the media has been filled with stories about how the current staffing deficiencies in the logistics network threaten to both put the industry under pressure and, potentially, derail Christmas. Specifically, staffing shortages include a lack of experienced warehouse workers.

In an interview with Business Insider, Clare Bottle (CEO of the UK Warehousing Association) said that the “problem is big. I would say that we are tens of thousands short.” Most of the association members are having to offer pay increases of anywhere between 20% and 30% to secure a workforce for the peak season, with many entry level jobs taking up to four weeks to fill. Equally, traditional agencies used every year in the run up to peak are unable to plug the shortfall with temporary labour as that too is in very short supply.

Peak Season = Peak Pressure

The question we need to answer is how can companies ensure that their customers are getting what they want, when they need it. The widening gap between job openings and applications is likely causing sleepless nights for not only the logistics industry but also retailers — the latter starts planning for peak season about 10 minutes after Big Ben has chimed in the New Year.

The simple answer to the question posed would be that integrating automated technology to drive an increase in fulfillment that they are unable to achieve right now with current resources would be the ideal solution. Supplementing the UK workforce with intelligent automation that can operate on a 24-hour basis and, essentially, keep up with customer demand, warehousing leaders can navigate the short-term demands of a UK peak season. Now is the time to set a path toward an efficient and effective robotic workforce that augments the existing workforce, helping businesses meet demand with the resources they have.

Here we are at the start of peak season, and the supply chain issues are already showing their impact. Warehouses cannot fill vacancies, eCommerce demand continues to strain fulfillment operations, and consumer demand will only accelerate. There is a very real danger that companies will be playing catch-up all the way to Christmas and beyond.

In hindsight, 2020 was a challenge, and many companies weathered the storm. This year, there isn’t any wiggle room; consumer expectations continue to demand more product availability and faster delivery. While navigating peak 2021, savvy business executives will realize now is the time to plan for a more predictable and productive peak season in 2022.

Berkshire Grey AI-enabled Robotic Automation Closes the Gap

Berkshire Grey’s holistic approach to advanced automation and intelligent robotics alleviates the pain points for companies today. By integrating our AI-enabled technology with their work processes, we are able to help companies increase throughput while lessening the dependency on additional labour. The pandemic showcased how the fulfillment, distribution, and logistics sectors needed to evolve. And while that won’t happen overnight, understanding where intelligent robotic automation technology fits into the picture is a great start.

Retailers have always had to balance their priorities when it comes to the end of the financial year, but they are largely dependent on the distribution and logistics systems working in the way that it was intended to. In the warehousing sector, that means having enough workers to do the jobs required. As we are more than aware, those workers are becoming very difficult to find.  Therefore, alternative solutions are required in preparation for 2022 and beyond.  



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Increase Retail Order Fulfillment Throughput and Ease Labor Challenges with Robotic Automation

In-store retail shopping remains strong, and that means brick-and-mortar locations must keep shelves stocked with products customers want.
Retailers are also filling customer buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) orders and performing eCommerce fulfillment from stores so cost-effectively keeping inventory in stores is imperative.

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How Berkshire Grey Robotic Shuttle Product Sortation Speeds Store Replenishment and Allocation Processes While Easing Labor Challenges

By Peter Van Alstine, SVP & GM, Retail Business Unit

Robotic product sortation can help retail fulfillment centers increase piece pick order fulfillment by up to 4X, improve container cube utilization by up to 10%, and handle nearly 100% of typical SKU assortments.

Retail, grocery, and 3PL businesses strive to keep stores stocked with products customers want while also meeting demand for more online orders than ever before. Despite global eCommerce accounting for nearly 20% of retail sales, more than 80% of buying still occurs in physical stores. In many cases, retailers must maintain in-store inventory to not only address in-store shoppers but also to fill eCommerce orders directly from stores. These realities demand more efficient, cost-effective approaches to store replenishment and store allocation fulfillment processes in distribution centers

This week, Berkshire Grey announced the general availability of its Robotic Shuttle Product Sortation (BG RSPS) solution that can help retail, grocery, and other businesses significantly improve store replenishment and allocation order processes. BG RSPS is a fully integrated system powered by AI software that enables distribution centers to process more orders at existing facilities while requiring significantly less labor. BG RSPS enables retailers, grocers, and 3PLs to increase throughput, and drive growth despite labor shortages. Already deployed across major retailers, BG RSPS has the ability to:

Here’s how retailers and grocers can benefit from BG RSPS.

With BG RSPS 1 operator can do the work of 4.

BG RSPS can perform tasks associated with store replenishment, split-case cross docking, and allocation order processing. Without a robotic automation solution, these processes require significant labor to complete the tasks needed to fulfill orders. Manual sorting operations are very labor-intensive, but even traditional semi-automated pick modules require more labor than the shuttle sortation approach. With BG RSPS, a single operator takes individual items or split cases from inventory containers and places them to induction points, and the system automatically sorts the goods into up to 60 outbound containers for shipment to stores. The result is a 4X boost in piece pick order processing along with an up to 10% increase in order container cube utilization. 

Scale to handle more order volume with multiple orchestrated BG RSPS systems.

The flexible footprint of BG RSPS lets retailers install stations wherever they have 2500 square feet of space, including on a mezzanine. As requirements change, retailers can scale throughput simply by adding orchestrated parallel systems without taking up significantly more space. Over the long term, robotic shuttle sortation systems provide an innovation pathway that delivers intelligent enterprise robotics — modular, flexible, and able to grow with each customer’s business.

Reduce manual effort in collecting and distributing products to specific orders.

An AI-driven sortation system also frees employees from having to walk back and forth, reducing worker fatigue and supporting social distancing protocols. Instead, workers use an ergonomic workstation, easing the strain of repetitive tasks and putting the products on induction points that allow the system to automatically sort the goods into store-bound containers. The BG RSPS system enables retailers to transform distribution operations into a competitive advantage while enabling increased throughput in the midst of the ongoing labor scarcity.



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Are You Ready for Peak?

Increased demand and labor shortages are here. Robotic automation can help.

Are You Ready for Peak?

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Prospects for Peak: Labor Issues and Supply-Chain Slowdowns Persist as Spending Expectations Climb

By Peter Van Alstine, SVP & GM, Retail Business Unit

To capitalize on strong holiday sales, retailers need to continue executing on supply chain transformation projects without disrupting operations.

Peak season always brings a mix of angst and opportunity. This year, tensions are running higher than usual as the retail industry grapples with hiring issues and production problems across the supply chain.

Stories about scarce labor, material shortages, and factory shutdowns are making headlines nearly every day. Factory shutdowns overseas are impacting shoe production for Nike, and soaring freight costs are hampering companies like Costco.

Retailers are used to seasonal surges. They stock up, bulk up, hire up, and go all-out to meet demand and satisfy customers. It’s the defining season for the industry. Everyone knows it’s coming, and everyone prepares. Plus, retailers have been weathering the impact of COVID-19 for more than a year, so they’ve gotten adept at dealing with fast-climbing eCommerce volumes and consumer expectations for multiple fulfillment options and short delivery windows. 

Still, the stakes are high.

eCommerce Continues to Climb

Holiday retail sales are likely to increase between 7% and 9% in 2021, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast. That translates to holiday sales totaling $1.28 to $1.3 trillion during the November to January timeframe, according to Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice.

Specific to eCommerce, Deloitte is forecasting 11-15% growth, year-over-year, in eCommerce sales, which are projected to reach between $210 billion and $218 billion this holiday season.

To capitalize on strong holiday sales, companies need to stay focused on their efforts to streamline operations. Supply chain transformations are well underway at leading retailers, and the efficiencies they’ve gained have helped to offset the impact of the biggest ongoing challenge: attracting and retaining staff.

Customer Expectations and Labor Scarcity Challenge Fulfillment Operations

Despite boosting wages and offering a slew of perks, including sign-on and retention bonuses, retailers can’t find enough people.

Cloud-based talent specialist iCIMS, in its latest workforce report, finds that retailers face a widening gap between job openings and job applications. In the retail industry, there’s been a 44% decline in applications per opening since the start of the year, compared to a 19% decline across other industries. And the time to fill positions is lengthening: It now takes 40 days to fill a retail position, an increase of more than 21% since April, iCIMS reports.

Labor isn’t the only challenge. Omnichannel expectations are high among consumers. They want shopping alternatives, speedy delivery, curbside pickup options, and more.

Retailers have long had to balance dueling priorities when it comes to peak season. They need to continue to plan and execute major technology enabled solutions that will position them to streamline operations and increase profitability. At the same time, they don’t want to interfere with the biggest shopping season of the year.

Now more than ever that balance is critical. No one wants to lose momentum on transformational supply chain automation projects, yet no one can afford to disrupt internal operations when external supply-chain factors beyond their control are already making it hard to do business. Advanced automation can help companies transform their store replenishment and eCommerce fulfillment operations *and* deal with labor shortages. The key is choosing projects strategically so that retailers can improve efficiency — freeing labor to focus on higher level activities — in a short time frame.

Robotic Automation is the Answer

At Berkshire Grey, we can help you identify advanced automation and robotics projects that will yield short-term gains and fit into a long-range roadmap for expanding automation capabilities. Some of the benefits of partnering with us include:

Modularity: Our systems are designed for modular deployments, and they’re designed to integrate with traditional warehouse automation systems. A robotic shuttle put wall, for example, can speed sortation throughput threefold, and it slips right into existing fulfillment spaces and processes.

Flexible purchasing options: Our robotics-as-a-service offerings are designed to ease capital expenditures. Rather than buying equipment outright, RaaS offers a means to get up and running, for a fixed monthly fee.

Continuous improvement: We can help you develop a business case for robotic automation, build a timeline for getting underway, and deliver results. But it doesn’t end there. With our analytics capabilities, we continue to look for ways to fine-tune systems and improve performance even after our technology is deployed.

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How to Get Started With Robotic Automation for Grocery Fulfillment

By Peter Allen, GM, Food & Beverage Business Unit

Developing a solid business case for automation starts with mapping your current operations and analyzing product and order data to find areas that would benefit from robotics today and allow you to scale into the future.

It’s no secret grocers and convenience retailers are under pressure from booming eCommerce sales and ongoing hiring and retention challenges. Robotic automation can help alleviate the strain. The right solutions can streamline day-to-day fulfillment processes, lessen your dependency on labor, increase supply-chain capacity, and improve profitability. But it can be a daunting undertaking. Here are some factors to consider before deploying robotic automation for grocery fulfillment.

Scope.

When you think of automation, you might think of automating a specific task. For example, if you manually palletize cases, you could automate that process with a robotic palettizing arm. This type of automation does have its benefits, but to truly achieve transformation, you need to understand your fulfillment processes across your entire operations and analyze how robotic automation can have a broad impact. What parts of your workflows support robotic automation as is? What is your appetite to reconfigure parts of your operation? Taking a methodical approach to automation and following a proven method for success will help you achieve true robotic transformation in a way that point solutions can’t.

ROI

The objective of automation is to create value in your organization. Ensuring a return on investment is critical, and no one wants to delay that payoff. But you also want to make sure that any automation investments you make today will not only meet your current needs but also allow you to scale into the future. A one-off solution will have a limited ROI. Remember to think about the big picture.

Expansion

Choosing a flexible automation solution that can be expanded over time is the best way to start if full-spectrum automation is a potential end goal. The ability to add additional robotics modules to scale volume or throughput as needed can help you meet peak seasonal demands, for example. In addition, modular products that are designed to be integrated with upstream and downstream robotics solutions will help future-proof your investment.

Delivery Model

Making an initial investment in robotic automation doesn’t have to require an enormous capital outlay. Some grocers opt for a robotics-as-a-service model, or RaaS, to limit their capital expenditure and streamline deployment. For companies that don’t want to buy equipment outright, RaaS offers a means to get up and running quickly, for a fixed fee, while the provider handles the ongoing management and maintenance.

Continuous Optimization

A project shouldn’t end when a robotics solution is deployed. It’s important to continually analyze your processes and look for ways to fine-tune deployments and get the most out of your systems. That kind of ongoing analysis is important for the efficiency of existing systems, and it informs your next moves as you consider scaling robotics across your organization. Make sure the providers you partner with are committed to continuous learning and the pursuit of long-term performance and value. 

You might think you don’t have the time or the budget to implement robotics, or you might be worried about a deployment causing mayhem in your current operations. At Berkshire Grey, we’ve got the expertise to help you develop a business case for robotic automation, and we’ve honed a proven roadmap for getting underway and delivering results. For more on how to get started, tune into our most recent webcast.

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Why Retailers Should Automate eCommerce Order Fulfillment Now

By Peter Van Alstine, SVP & GM, Retail Business Unit

Advanced automation can modernize and futureproof eCommerce order fulfillment operations and set the stage for continued business growth.

Retailers recognize that eCommerce order fulfillment is ripe for automation. Most traditional retailers are hampered by time-consuming and labor-intensive picking, packing, and sorting processes — while eCommerce upstarts are changing consumer expectations for limitless online product options and fast delivery. 

Typically, in eCommerce fulfillment centers, employees walk the warehouse aisles, batch picking products for online orders, then other workers use put walls where they scan and sort the picked items into customer orders organized within the put-wall cubbies. Yet the sorting stage tends to take longer than the picking stage, creating a bottleneck that slows down overall order turnaround time.  And, all of this activity is labor-intensive.

With rising eCommerce order volumes and continuing labor shortages, retailers need to boost efficiency. But at the same time, they don’t want to upend operations and embark on a disruptive warehouse makeover. Here’s the thing: Adding automation to eCommerce order fulfillment processes doesn’t have to require extensive demolition and downtime. 

Berkshire Grey’s new Robotic Shuttle Put Wall with Identification (RSPWi) can help retailers fulfill more orders with their existing workforce, in their existing facilities. Here’s how.

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Speed Up Your eCommerce Fulfillment Operations with Robotic Automation

Greater Capacity Without Adding Labor 

Our high-capacity RSPWi can sort up to 240 orders at the same time. The industry average for manual put walls is 80 orders. With room for more open orders, pick crews can boost their pick rate by up to 33% by picking bigger batches upstream from the put walls. BG’s automated put walls allow a single operator to sort as much as 3 times faster than manual sorting. This means the same facility can boost its order throughput without needing more space or gutting the existing environment. 

Simple Deployment 

RSPWi is designed to be deployed in days, not months, and the rapid rollout enables a quick ROI enabling RPSWi as a logical place to start automation efforts. RSWPi’s easy-to-maintain design featuring just a few industrial-grade moving components can be maintained by existing warehouse maintenance staff and requires no dramatically new skill sets to operate. With RSPWi, retailers experience significant process efficiencies in sorting and picking processes.  

Flexible Design

A retailer with 50 existing manual put walls doesn’t have to eliminate dozens of stations at once. RPSWs’s modular design is ideal for incremental rollouts. Retailers can scale the robotic pick walls at their own pace and right-size the cubbies to meet demand now — and then adjust for future needs. Like many Berkshire Grey systems, RSPWi is completely configurable and not a one-size-fits-all system. It can grow with you as you evolve your manual put wall processes to incorporate more and more automation. 

Processes Stay Intact 

Retailers can maintain the same processes they had in place before — but with greater efficiency and increased order capacity. This will enable the workforce to adapt to the added automation more quickly as it will be an extension of existing tasks. With RSPWi, retailers can introduce efficiencies into the sorting and picking processes while also tackling a particularly onerous task for humans with automation.

Technology-Agnostic 

The RSPWi can integrate with a retailer’s existing robotic, conveyer, and manual-based transport approaches. It will also integrate with existing warehouse management software and systems in place. RSPWi will augment what you have by reducing the manual effort around physically challenging, tedious tasks while at the same time integrating into the environment without significant configuration challenges.

Future-Looking

RSPWi could be the first step toward a more automated distribution center environment for some companies. For others, it could become part of an established effort to expand automation to more areas in the warehouse. 

That’s what makes it unique. No matter where you are on the innovation pathway, RSPWi delivers results. It’s a contained solution that is easy to deploy and resolves specific labor bottlenecks, yet it’s designed to integrate with bigger-picture technology investments so that as your warehouse environment becomes more automated, RSPWi keeps pace.

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  • Bolster facility throughput by 25% to 50% with automation.
  • Get a customized ROI analysis of your specific environment and business.

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Four Signs It’s Time to Rethink Your eCommerce Fulfillment Operations

By Peter Van Alstine, SVP & GM, Retail Business Unit

The surge in eCommerce is putting a strain on order fulfillment and exacerbating labor challenges. A robotic put wall could be the key to increasing productivity with minimal disruption to existing warehouse operations.

Shoppers turned online when the pandemic shuttered physical stores. As eCommerce sales rose, so did consumer expectations. Shoppers today are accustomed to rapid order turnaround and multiple delivery and pickup options, but not every retailer is proving they can keep up with the sustained demand.  

For many traditional retailers, eCommerce companies, and 3PLs, the surge in eCommerce has put a strain on labor and exposed bottlenecks in order fulfillment processes. Here are four reasons to rethink your eCommerce fulfillment operations to stay competitive in the new retail reality.

1. eCommerce keeps climbing. 

Consumers spent $861 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2020, an increase of 44% compared to 2019, according to data from Digital Commerce 360. That’s the highest annual U.S. eCommerce growth in two decades, the research firm estimates. And there’s no sign of online shopping leveling off: U.S. retail eCommerce sales are expected to climb another 18% in 2021, according to Insider Intelligence.

2. eCommerce fulfillment is labor-intensive, and labor is scarce.   

The online sales explosion is great for revenue, but not necessarily for profitability. Getting online orders out the door requires a lot of labor, particularly because shoppers often buy just one item online at a time. Picking, sorting, and packing are largely manual processes compared to traditional retail distribution operations.

Labor availability is a pressing problem. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 10.9 million job openings at the end of July, and the retail industry is feeling the pressure. In the past, retailers have addressed upticks in eCommerce volume by hiring more labor. But now, faced with an order surge of epic proportions, retailers are struggling to find enough people to hire. Retention, too, remains a problem in high-turnover warehouse roles.

3. Increase fulfillment throughput without disrupting operations.

Pre-pandemic, it was typical for distribution centers to be set up with the 80/20 rule: 80% of the systems and space served store replenishment processes, and 20% handled eCommerce order fulfillment. These days, the split might be closer to 50/50, and most warehouses weren’t designed for that kind of eCommerce volume. The result is a critical bottleneck at the picking and sorting stages of order fulfillment. Manual put walls are widely used to support eCommerce order fulfillment, but they were not designed to process enough orders to keep up with demand today or in the future.

While many companies might recognize the need to introduce automation into their processes now, the idea of slowing or stopping operations is a deal breaker. But robotic put walls available today feature modular designs that won’t disrupt existing processes. 

4. Selective automation can boost employee productivity. 

Robotic put walls are designed to speed up order processing and optimize labor. When a put-wall worker takes picked products and loads them into a robotic shuttle for scanning and delivery to the appropriate cubbies, that frees the worker from the time-consuming process of figuring out which order a product is destined for, then walking to a cubby for sorting. That makes the sorting labor much more efficient: With a robotic put wall, workers can sort orders up to three times faster than with manual-only processes. 

Plus, the benefits aren’t limited to sorting efficiency. There are upstream gains as well. Automated put walls can process more orders at once, which means manual pickers can be picking products for more orders as they traverse the warehouse aisles. The ability to pick for more open orders can yield a more than 30% improvement in upstream picking productivity.

Adding an automated put wall doesn’t require rearchitecting operations. Retailers can maintain their existing processes while eliminating a key bottleneck with a Robotic Shuttle Put Wall (RSPW). The modular design lets retailers plug new technology into the most pressing trouble spots — without extensive construction — and expand deployments at their own pace. 

Retailers, eCommerce companies, and 3PLs can fulfill more eCommerce orders with the people and the buildings that they have today and be confident that an RSPW investment will be compatible with future robotics deployments.  

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  • Bolster facility throughput by 25% to 50% with automation.
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Speed Up Your eCommerce Fulfillment Operations with Robotic Automation

Consumer buying habits have shifted radically toward eCommerce, putting pressure on fulfillment centers to process more orders, more quickly with existing resources.
Learn how a Robotic Put Wall can increase order fulfillment by up to 3X and handle nearly 100% of typical SKU assortments.

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A Letter from Our CEO on Remembering 9-11, 20 Years Later

A Letter from our CEO on remembering 9-11

Every year on 9/11, Berkshire Grey CEO Tom Wagner shares a letter internally with the entire team. This year for the 20th anniversary we asked if we could share his letter with a larger audience. Here is Tom’s letter. 

BGers:

Tomorrow is 9/11. 

Please take time to pause for a moment and reflect.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and successfully deployed three of them as weapons — two of them against the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the third against the Pentagon.  The fourth, Flight 93, was bound for the capital and was instead brought down in Pennsylvania by the heroic acts of the passengers and crew on board, all of whom were killed.

As a result of these terrorist attacks, approximately 3,000 people were killed and many more were wounded.  

It is a day that we should not forget as time passes. We should not forget the lives lost and lives taken, nor should we forget the many acts of heroism that occurred as we struggled through the event (and after).  

I will leave it to you to decide exactly what the remembrance means to you. However, I would suggest that the event evoke some response within you. It is not just a note on a calendar; it is an event to recall, an event to think about, and an event to feel.  

For me, I think about the events of the day and those impacted directly, including victims, first responders, and everyone who helped on that day and in the aftermath. I also give thanks that we continue to live in a country where fundamental rights are protected and supported, where the prospects for my children are generally positive in the same fashion that my prospects were generally positive, and where we as a company can have the luxury of working very hard to create positive economic impact with technology rather than fighting for (what we consider to be) basic rights. We can probably agree that, as a country, we have a few items we need to work on and can improve.  However, irrespective of any such items, 9/11 was an attack on all of us and a day I will not forget. I’m glad I live in the United States, proud of our country, and thankful for all that we have.

There are obviously better articulations of the events of 9/11 and better articulations of what the event might mean to you. If you are so inclined, I would encourage you to take a few moments and seek these out. Please also take some time to remember.

Thank you.

— Tom

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