Despite technological advancements and an increase in robotics, warehouse workers are still in high demand. Opportunities for skilled professionals to work alongside the autonomous robots and manage the intuitive warehouse software are often presented, so you’d be wrong if you were to think that warehouse hiring is slowing down.
Many people make the mistake of believing that technology has displaced them, but this couldn’t be further from the truth – the purpose of technology isn’t to replace human workers, but instead to enhance their capabilities. Most companies don’t have the budget that Amazon and the other big boys have to play around with technology and there will always be tasks that technology will never be able to carry out, so humans will always be needed to ensure the smooth running of a warehouse or distribution centre.
Warehouse workers are currently in short supply, but there’s a growing need for millennial workers to join warehouse workforces. The tech savvy generation are much more likely to be able to get to grips with the technology used in the warehouse and will be familiar with how the various operating systems work. Not only will this reduce the onboarding period, but it can also help both efficiency and profitability during seasonal peaks.
So contrary to what many think, complete robot domination in the warehouse is unlikely to become common for many years.