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Key Considerations for Digital Warehousing

With the emergence of ever-on e-commerce, the prerequisite for speedier responses and the need to deal with a more prominent number of SKUs with fewer blunders, warehouses need to scale up the standard to meet the necessities of a secure, perceptive and digitized warehouse. Searching ahead for the next 2 to 10 years, an anticipated increase in digital transformation preference will bring profound changes to warehouses’ operation. As needs be, it should hit its apex by embracing disruptive warehouse digitization.

Costs, Efficiency and Innovation

Despite the fact that e-commerce adds multifaceted nature to warehouse operations, shorter delivery times and inventory deployment across the supply chain, including the last mile, have become the norm. Third-party logistics providers are now citing 10-20 percent rate increases for standard warehousing activities such as receiving, storing, delivery, returns, and so forth.

Expanded multifaceted nature and increasing rates represent a multi-faceted test for logistics sourcing teams. Those who lack discipline in procurement and proactive bid planning are struggling because of their inability to leverage market competition or explore alternative solutions.The focus on emerging technologies has expanded, but conventional firms under invested to improve logistic proficiency are seeing limits on cost-cutting activities and a sharper rise in warehousing costs.

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Keane Ng, DPSM
Keane Ng has more than 15 years of experience in the China market, and specifically in the areas of trading, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics. Keane is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). He completed Diploma in Procurement and Supply Management (DPSM) on June 2020 at SIPMM Institute.

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