Retailers are looking for ways to speed operations in 2019, and they are increasingly focused on automation strategies and supply chain visibility as key ways to improve, according a survey by supply chain intelligence firm EyeforTransport and supply chain software provider Quinitiq, released in late January.
The companies' D3 State of Retail Supply Chain report surveyed more than 200 retailers, e-tailers and manufacturers on a range of issues, including the changing retail store, the rise of e-commerce, and customer communication and interaction.
A key finding centered on supply chain automation, revealing that companies are less focused on forecasting capabilities and more focused on implementing automation in 2019, especially in the warehouse. Half of retailers and manufacturers reported that warehouse automation is an "advanced or immediate priority," according to the survey:
The survey also showed that supply chain visibility will need to improve in order to support the growing requirements for speed and supply chain integration: