Manufacturers Face New Warehousing and Supply Chain Challenges

This week, Motorola Solutions released a new survey looking at how warehousing, distribution, and supply chain challenges may impact manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers over the next five years.

Multi-node supply chains, greater volatility, constrained capacity, and evolving regulations and customer and supplier demands are all contributing to a tectonic shift in the way manufacturers conduct their business.

Major changes in customer demographics and buying patterns—including the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment—is also reshaping the landscape, placing a greater emphasis on customer and supplier service and satisfaction, particularly in the retail business.

“A once relatively straightforward world of storage and fulfillment has become a world of increasing complexity, change and challenge,” the study concludes.

The Motorola study also notes that over the next half decade there will be a much greater complexity of raw materials, finished goods and spare parts, and a move toward increased automation and mechanization with a growing reliance on high-speed mobile communications technology.

Read more on the study from Mike Wills, Vice President, Motorola Solutions.

Download the complete 2013 Warehouse Vision Survey.

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2 thoughts on “Manufacturers Face New Warehousing and Supply Chain Challenges”

  1. Great article. It is true that in future businesses will need to sort out challenges in warehouse, logistics and supply chain. By making use of supply chain consulting experts like Global4PL, businesses can streamline their distribution network to gain efficiencies, improve customer service and better utilization of assets and capital.

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