In this interesting podcast, ISR's Executive Editor, Erin Harris talks to Jeff Hedges, president, material handling at OPEX Corporation about the vital role automation plays for retailers. Hedges paints a realistic picture about the hidden costs of automation, especially for retailers considering their first-time investment. "[E-Retailers] need to appreciate the on-going costs of running automation after the investment," explains Hedges. "I don't see that as a reason or an excuse or justification for not investing in automation, but we've realized that we need to convey to companies that are investing in automation for the first time that there is an expected cost associated with maintaining your automation; there is an expected change in your energy draw; and there is specialized training required for your maintenance staff." Listen in as Hedges delivers thoughtful insight for any retailer considering automation inside the warehouse.
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