Perspective: Innovations in Material Handling Technologies

Perspective: Innovations in Material Handling Technologies

This IDC Retail Insights Perspective analyzes several newly available technologies for material handling, the development of the tools available, and the process by which retailers decide that it's the right time to commit to automation. With an ever-evolving materials handling and linked software control systems market with capabilities to solve your every problem, how do you know which solutions are best for your business, and how do you decide you're ready to take that leap?

While technologies are enabling increasingly higher degrees of automation and risk mitigation, what is the real cost? The glamour of shiny robots and an incredible ROI can be attractive, but what are the impacts to business processes, capacity, and profitability? This document identifies the currently available technologies and the benefits and pitfalls associated retailers experience through planning and execution efforts when implementing these technologies.

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In This Perspective
Where We Are Today
New Capabilities Available
Considerations and Challenges
Deciding to Buy-In
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