The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2015 - (Page 52)

INDuSTRy AUTOMATION TRENDS The Trend Toward Automation MHEDA Board Members discuss the state of automation and where the industry is headed BY STEVE GUGLIELMO "Members need to evaluate and potentially modify their business model to address the significant and ongoing growth in automation." - 2015 MHEDA Critical Impact Factor #1 F Scott Lee Scott Hennie Daryle Ogburn or today's business owners, the lessons learned during the great recession are never far from their minds. Though the economy has been steadily improving and recovering for more than five years, the recession still feels fresh. For many businesses, the recession was unexpected, which made its effects even more devastating. One of the biggest takeaways in the wake of the downturn is that many companies were well over-staffed. Instead of having employees working at 100-percent capacity, many were working at 80-percent or less. Not only was this inefficient, it led to massive layoffs during the downturn, as businesses couldn't justify having employees working at less than peak efficiency. As the economy began its recovery, there was a strong fear that it would be a "jobless recovery." This fear stemmed, in part, from the fact that companies were realizing that they could be just as productive with their new, leaner staffs as they were with the bloated pre-recession staffs. Words like lean and efficient became commonplace and a new trend started to emerge. That trend was a shift toward automation. By automating certain warehouse processes, companies were able to 52 MHEDA | increase pick rates and throughput without adding additional physical staff. Since 2010, automation has become an increasingly popular option for companies. We had the opportunity to speak with MHEDA Board Members: Scott Hennie, Scott Lee and Daryle Ogburn about this industry trend and what to expect going forward. The MHEDA Journal: The first Critical Impact Factor for 2015 deals with the need for member companies to evaluate their business models to address the ongoing growth in automation. What does this CIF mean to you and how have you been able to adapt to this rapidly emerging trend within the industry? Scott Hennie: As a Systems Integrator, we are seeing our clients are more in-tuned to and open to automation as a solution to their strategies. We need to have the personnel, supplier partners and systems in place to be able to design and implement automation as a solution for our clients.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2015

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask Your Board
In Memory
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
@ Work
Industry Pulse
Happy Anniversary!
Best of the Best
Celebrating Material Handling Rock Stars
An Interactive Experience
The Trend Toward Automation
Automation and Labor
How to Talk to Someone Significantly Younger or Les Experienced Than You
Integrating Your Online Presence into a Mobile Market
The Other Competitive Advantage
Hack-Proof Your Company’s Social Media
MHEDA Convention Recap
Turning Sales into Profit
Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Fill Jobs
Sucesion Planning
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2015