Intralogistics has undergone major transformations over the last few decades. Increasing volumes, the emergence of e-commerce and shorter delivery times have led companies to adopt new tools, moving from manual processes to increasingly digitized and automated modes of operation. Today, it’s often the shortage of manpower that pushes logisticians towards greater mechanization, in order to improve work ergonomics and concentrate operators on higher value-added tasks.

However, in a context marked by crises, uncertainty about business projections is on the increase, making it difficult to embark on a major automation project with a long-term return on investment. Fortunately, this period is also marked by the emergence of many new technologies, more adaptable and flexible than previous mechanizations.

Produced in collaboration with France Supply Chain’s Lab Digital & Technologies, this guide is aimed at companies wishing to automate their logistics without first investing in a large-scale project. It presents automation measures that require few resources to implement, but with concrete and quick results for the company. It guides you through your project in 3 stages:

1. Diagnosis of an existing automated or non-automated site.
2. Identification of action levers where automation will deliver a rapid gain (< €1 million, < 1 year).
3. Mechanization/robotization success stories reported by equipment manufacturers and their customers.