UKWA rolls out Automation Adoption Survey

April 28, 2021

UKWA has teamed up with Vaggelis Giannikas, Associate Professor at the University of Bath’s Centre for Smart Warehousing and Logistics Systems, to develop a survey-based study with members of UKWA to investigate the adoption and assimilation of automation in warehouses (and potentially other emerging warehousing technologies).

The study will focus on the opportunities and barriers for the adoption of advanced automation technologies such as Robotics, Goods-to-Person systems, AS/RS, Automated/Autonomous Guided Vehicles(AGVs), Automated/Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), Automatic Sortation or Packaging Equipment, Smart Shelving & Pallets, and more.

By taking part in this survey, which is expected to take no more than 20 minutes, members will have the opportunity to be among the first to receive detailed access to findings via a white paper that will be sent to all respondents.

UKWA CEO Peter Ward explains, “The automation of warehouses is a hot topic for 2021, particularly as we emerge from twelve months of lockdown. Massive changes, not least the meteoric rise of ecommerce, have reshaped logistics and, as we heard from our Logistics Users Discussion Panel last month, automation in warehouses is perceived increasingly as a ‘must-have’ rather than a ‘nice-to-have’ to be efficient, productive and flexible to customer needs.”

He adds, “UKWA has been vocal in encouraging members to embrace digitalisation and part of this process is investment in robotics and automation, but we understand that in times of uncertainty, there is an understandable reluctance to make the major investment that may be required.

Accordingly, we are partnering with Bath University to understand the levels of automation uptake and the appetite for automation amongst members, as well as working alongside the University of Cambridge to look at how smaller and medium sized companies can adopt easy and cost-effective solutions with the ‘Digital Logistics on a Shoestring’ project.”

Results of the Automation Adoption Survey are expected to be available this summer.