Four days. 150 seminars. 604 exhibitors. Yes, MODEX 2022 was packed with tech leaders focused on supply chain, material handling and logistics.
What topics were top-of mind? We boiled it down into five must-know moments:
1. Warehousing is taking up headspace
Warehouse and distribution efficiency is top-of-mind for technology leaders aiming to keep up with the rapidly changing supply chain landscape. And it’s no surprise why: 70% of companies with streamlined supply chains earn significantly higher revenue than those without. Given that a warehouse is at the heart of a supply chain, increasing its efficiency can have long-lasting benefits.
2. Shifting to an automation nation
As the labor shortage continues to challenge leaders, many are turning to automated solutions and robotics to fill the talent gap. In fact, McKinsey estimates that investment in warehouse automation will grow 3-5 percent per year in the next several years. These solutions can improve performance across the supply chain but require extensive planning for successful implementation.
3. Androids ahead
Automation isn’t the only frontier for technology transformation—leaders are also optimizing their mobile technologies. Many attendees we spoke with at MODEX 2020 were contemplating the shift to Android devices. Now, many have made the move or are in the process of rolling out those devices across their entire enterprise. As Microsoft’s support for their embedded and handheld software comes to a close, companies that have not already begun the transition to another solution — Android or otherwise — are already behind.
4. MDM proves essential
With more remote workers and devices in the field than ever, mobile device management (MDM) solutions
have become essential to monitor device usage, location and performance. Although many companies have demoed MDM solutions and see the benefits it offers, few have the resources in place to manage the environment. Often, third-party partners are being pulled in to oversee deployment and manage the platform.
5. Cybercrime targets manufacturing
The growth of the digital supply chain means better efficiency, performance and results but it also leaves enterprises more susceptible to cybersecurity risks. In fact, manufacturing is the second most targeted industry as malicious actors look to target infrastructure with connections to operational technology (OT). Security training and safeguards are essential to get the most out of your technology investments—securely.
Now more than ever, leaders are turning to technology to drive efficiency and combat key challenges. Ready to manage and secure a few solutions of your own? Give us a call today to get started.