While shaky economic times can put pressure on companies to keep costs down, uncertainty also breeds flexible strategies, said Marvin Logan, systems consultant with Bastian Material Handling. Logan was he guest speaker at dinner hosted by the Toronto Chapter of SCL Canada on November 10.
“When it comes to recovery, Canada is leading the way among the G7,” Logan told the audience.
He described new material handling technologies for distribution, warehousing and logistics facilities, touching on several products and how they can be used.
• new picking technologies designed to eliminate the need to jump on and off trucks or to fetch empty pallets while picking items;
• the use of robotics for functions such as palletizing and mixed-case layer building;
• developments in warehouse management and control systems.
More and more, the industry is interested in green initiatives, Logan noted, with about 90 percent of distribution centres using at least one such initiative.