COVID’s Impact on Automation

Survey data reveals the necessity of automation, but cost is a big barrier.

The latest Honeywell Intelligrated Automation Investment Study shows that the e-commerce (66%), food and beverage (59%) and logistics (55%) sectors are those most willing to invest more in automation.

According to Chris Feuell, CMO, “Recent consumer studies have shown increased online purchases by 28% globally and buy-online/pickup in-store is expected to increase by more than 60%.”

According to the company, seamless integration with ordering and social distancing in the workplace are driving the need for increased automation and the related efficiencies.

Warehouse execution software (48%), order picking technology (46%) and robotic solutions (44%) are those most expected to receive further investment in the short term.

The study also revealed that less than one-third of responding companies had scaled any of these solutions to date.

Cost, by far, was identified as the largest barrier to further automation investment.

More information is available at intelligrated.com.

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