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Indian warehouses set to embrace digital enablement or automation by 2030

Indian warehouses set to embrace digital enablement or automation by 2030

Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) launched its ‘Building Warehousing Competitiveness: Automation And Beyond’ report during a one-day conference organised by the CII Institute of Logistics. The combined impact of India’s logistics sector accounts for 14 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nine to ten percent underscores the importance of Indian warehouse automation as emphasised in the report.

Warehouse automation is driven by multiple factors including increased demand, operational complexities, and the necessity for modernization. The growing adoption of automated technologies and processes into warehouse operations reflects the growing maturity of warehouse automation. The report defines automation maturity between Level 0 to Level 4, with Level 0 as only manual operations and Level 4 as end-to-end automation.

Currently, warehouses in India have varying automation maturity levels, primarily falling within Levels 0 to 2. Level 3, characterized by island automation, remains relatively rare, underscoring the potential for increased automation adoption in India. The report predicts that approximately 80 percent of Indian warehouses will integrate some level of automation by 2030. It emphasises the uniqueness of India warehouse automation journey, the importance of maintaining a balance between human and machine labor in Indian warehousing, and key considerations for organisations and solution providers navigating this evolving landscape.

The report also highlights that India’s journey toward adopting warehouse automation will be unique, emphasizing the importance of striking a delicate balance between human involvement and automation.

Manish Saigal, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal and Co-lead of the India Business Transformation Services practice, said, “Implementing automation technologies in warehousing necessitates an assessment of the associated costs and benefits to determine economic viability. Automation improves efficiency, reduces human error and pilferage. However, organizations must ensure that their chosen technologies align with their strategic goals and operational requirements. In India, Grade A warehouses are expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.5 percent culminating in approximately 324 million square feet by FY28. This robust growth is poised to drive a surge in automation within the warehousing sector.”

Anshuman Singh, Chairman, CII Warehouse National Network and Chairman & Managing Director, Stellar Value Chain Solutions Pvt. Ltd. said, “CII Institute of Logistics has had a longstanding collaboration with Alvarez & Marsal, marked by a shared commitment to fostering growth in Indian logistics. Our collaboration stems from an understanding of the transformative power of informed insights and strategic initiatives. The Building Warehousing Competitiveness Conference, supported by the CII Warehouse National Network, aims to provide stakeholders with profound insights into the transformation of Indian warehousing through advanced automation strategies. This event underscores the pivotal role of technology in shaping modern business operations.”

As Indian warehousing remains a cornerstone of the nation’s economy, the synergy of top-tier infrastructure, seamless technology integration, and collaborative partnerships between human expertise and automation will be pivotal drivers of the evolving demands of the sector.

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Edward Hardy

Having become a journalist after university, Edward Hardy has been a reporter and editor at some of the world's leading publications and news sites. In 2022, he became Air Cargo Week's Editor. Got news to share? Contact me on Edward.Hardy@AirCargoWeek.com

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