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.

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