I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t hear about how labor shortages, inventory shortages, shipping lane bottlenecks, lost inventory, lost orders, and inefficient workflows are making it hard to keep warehouse operations on track. But if you're reading this, then you're likely living the struggle. So, I thought it might be helpful for you (and me) to talk to someone who has been in your shoes and might have some remedies for the sting you’re feeling from each of these thorns.
Joe Couto currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Third-Party Logistics (3PL) at Körber Supply Chain. However, he spent many years on the front lines as a warehouse management systems (WMS) logistics expert, sales consultant, and deployment expert before taking on his current role. He also co-founded an industrial-grade 3PL software company at the age of 28, and – as of late – has been steering many different functions in the supply chain.
He knows that the challenge today is that there isn’t just one big lingering issue that’s proving to be a beast. It’s the growing list of challenges (big and small) that keeps you busy all day and up all night. It’s the lack of agility amid constantly changing priorities. It’s the time commitment and resources allocated to compliance and other required “behind the scenes” changes that detract from being able to tackle front-line issues fast and furiously.
That’s why he recommends you embrace the cloud, gamification, and automation right now.
Listen to our conversation now to find out why he thinks these three things are so important, even though it might require a bit of an extra resource commitment in the short term.