THE WAREHOUSE

By 2030, warehouses will be part of an initiative to achieve zero net energy

A net-zero building is one that generates as much energy as it uses within a year. To become net-zero, a project will have to generate 100% of its energy on-site through the use of renewable energy.

Warehouse buildings will operate 24/7/365 and be designed with sustainability in mind. By creating strategies for the use of renewable energy, warehouses will save costs and prevent harmful emissions.

Solar panels will become the main source of energy for warehouses. This will assist in running the warehouse lighting and equipment, as well as recharging the electric vehicles that make deliveries.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.

Artificial Intelligence

By 2020, robots will be operating independently in warehouses.

Robots will be able to notify maintenance companies with any problems themselves, such as replacing their damaged or malfunctioning parts.

Drones are already being used to stock-take in warehouses, which has produced more accurate results than humans. After all, robots are created to count numbers.

Robots will work alongside humans to improve tasks, but not replace the employee. The employee “shows” the robot how to perform a task and the bot learns and repeats.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.

Self-driving Vehicles

By 2019, deep learning software will become available for use in lorries when in transit.

Autonomous lorries will use AI software to analyse miles of road and signage, as well as human and animal activity they may encounter on their journey.

When a self-driving lorry comes across something unexpected between warehouse and delivery destination, the deep learning software sends updates back to the fleet of lorries who then learn how to cope with this new encounter too.

By 2025, a human captain will sit in the cab of the first lorry of a four or five strong fleet. The captain will be able to perform faster shipments, improve safety of roads and ensure more profit.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.

Wearable Tech

By 2021, wearable tech will be widely used in warehouses

Exoskeletons will be worn by warehouse workers to enhance physical strength, protect the body and prevent back injuries.

Augmented reality smart glasses will add a layer of virtual reality to workers’ vision. Warehouse workers will be able to interact with data and collaborate with other workers through the glasses, increasing their interdependency and cooperativity.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.

3D Printing

By 2025, 3D printing will be frequently used in warehouses.

This technology will eliminate the process of assembling products. Whenever a product is needed it will simply just be made there and then, which will shorten the supply chain significantly.

3D printing will save labour, distribution, handling and prototyping costs which will open up opportunities to create niche items. This will help businesses to differentiate themselves within the market.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.

Predictive Shipping

By 2019, the market for predictive analysis software could reach $6.5 billion.

Businesses will use ‘big data’ to predict customer purchases. These predicted products are automatically sent in a mobile warehouse to a location near the customer and could potentially be delivered within one hour of ordering.

Mobile warehouses could also provide a service for customers to return their unwanted items throughout the day.

New technologies could be increasing the efficiency of how warehouses are run from as soon as 2019.

This is the warehouse of the future.