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The Future of Materials Handling

People are eager for innovative solutions that will enable their life and working environment to become far more effective. On top of this new technologies are being introduced at a remarkable rate thus leading to a competitive influence over a target audience. S-Craft brings you the latest in Materials Handling.

In the outset of the materials handling industry, the sole aim was to provide materials handling solutions, which would reduce the cost of touching a product. Basically taking physical touches out of the work process.

In contrast to this the materials handling industry as we know it today is aimed at providing go-to-market strategies for customers. Newfound technologies within materials handling systems have led to the operations side of businesses being able to achieve the customer service promises made by sales and marketing.

This increased awareness of the materials handling industry can only mean one thing. The future looks bright.

Some say the future of materials handling is ‘Robotics’. The sudden surges in automated material handling products can realistically only develop in one direction, state of the art robotic technology. The ever-increasing number of prototyping and robotic solutions that are being seen throughout exhibition booths can’t help but make you want to aspire to having a robot in your distribution centre.

However, we still have to take into account the downside of robotics. We have to be careful that our enthusiasm towards robotics does not overlook a potential key flaw. Could the biggest mistake be that we over-promise this technology with the message that robots can do everything where actually they are not yet 100% suitable for our current working environment?

Software is also a significant component to the future of materials handling. No one can deny the modern age has been encapsulated in a digital environment. Software is not only allowing us to create solutions within go-to-market strategies, but also identifying a competitive differentiator. It will definitely be a determining factor in the future, especially if we see the adoption of robotics.

A third component into the future of the materials handling industry is ‘Education’. Materials handling suppliers are becoming ever more interested in executive education, especially for senior sales leaders. Being able to communicate and speak the same language as your customer is paramount, as again this is a significant factor in achieving a successful go-to-market strategy.

At S-Craft Ltd we believe that you have to be respectful of the three above components that are influencing the future of the materials handling industry. In our view, the integration of all three is a must for becoming successful. This does not mean we have the answers to all, but more importantly, we are making a conscious effort to develop our knowledge, which will then lead to providing our customers with a tailored materials handling solution.

If you are in need of materials handling solutions why not become part of our S-Craft journey. Our experienced team will not only provide you with a product but also a first-row seat in the future of the materials handling industry.

By Jonathan Hyde