Warehousing and Logistics Trends for 2019

Effective warehousing and logistics is the fundamental core function of the industry.

Your business will succeed or fail based upon how you address these important factors. An effective manager will be constantly discovering innovative methods to improve his or her company’s performance.

Why not remember the 4 R’s for continuous improvement:


This article will look at the initial phase of this process…Research

I will briefly research what the industry experts believe are the warehousing and logistics trends for 2019.

What are the new and innovative warehouse solutions?

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Bridget McCrea, Editor of ‘Logistics Management’ (March 2019) suggests that there are six key trends to watch out for:

“As we progress further into 2019, our group of leading supply chain software analysts see six key trends dominating the warehouse management landscape.”

She emphasises that this is what logistics operations can expect this year:

  1. Systems that use machine learning to sense and adapt.
  2. Systems that can interject last-minute orders.
  3. Warehouse Management System (WMS) vendors working with their Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to ‘democratise’ automation.
  4. A big focus on WMS user interface.
  5. Better, faster return-to-inventory management.
  6. Expanded functionalities that make implementations easier.

Adam Robinson at ‘Supply Chain 247’ suggests improvements in the following during 2019.

  1. Mobile-Friendly Technology.
  2. Improve Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
  3. Increased Automation.
  4. Greater use of Chatbots.
  5. More Easy Check-Outs, Delivery and Payment Options.

‘Technavioa’, proffer ten new trends for 2019. They are a leading market research and advisory company with global coverage. They focus on identifying opportunities, trends, and challenges that can shape the market growth.

  1. Blockchain (to failsafe digital contracts) Technology.
  2. Digitalization of the Logistics Industry.
  3. Emergence of third-party logistics (3PL) and fifth-party logistics (5PL).
  4. Efficient Last Mile Deliveries.
  5. Integration of Drones and Smart Glasses.
  6. Adoption of Data Analytics and Big Data Logistics.
  7. Logistics Automation and Internet of Things (IoT).
  8. Logistics Safety Becomes the Topmost Priority.
  9. Elastic Logistics.
  10. Implementation of Chatbots and Collaborative Robots (Cobots).

It is well worth reading these articles to create the stimulus in your business environment to facilitate success. Don’t forget the 4 R’s. Research…Reflect…Review…Refine

There are also many warehousing industry events that one can attend to keep up with the latest trends in the industry. The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) are facilitating, partnering or organising many events throughout 2019 and 2020 that satisfy this aim.

Whichwarehouse is another organisation that can advise you upon the latest trends in the industry. Why not join us today? Simply contact our friendly and knowledgeable WHICHWAREHOUSE team on 0800 1707555 for assistance.

We specialise in sourcing warehouse space and logistics services within the UK and Ireland.  Whichwarehouse will facilitate any requirements relating to storage, fulfilment and distribution.  We even have access to industrial properties that are available for rent (short and long term) as well as office space on site (at some locations) so you can be close to your products but still being able to concentrate on other aspects of your business such as sales, marketing and procurement.

Our members can offer a complete commercial storage and logistics solution including distribution and forwarding, RH&D, order picking, stock control, re-working & re-kitting, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and PDI (Pre-delivery inspection).  Some have available outside space for vehicle parking or external storage requirements and many warehouses have dock levelers, temperature control facilities, operate forklifts and the majority of warehouse facilities have extra security with CCTV and alarm systems.

If you need to find storage space or a 3PL provider search our online directory today and use the map to search for currently available solutions. Alternatively, if you’re a warehouse operator, please contact us to request details on our advertising packages.

Whichwarehouse can advise, assist and facilitate your upgrade to new distribution hubs, cold storage rentals, cold storage warehouse rentals and locate cold storage facilities you, which will remodel and innovate your business. Most importantly we help you to keep your end users safe and the reputational integrity of your company intact.

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