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How To Leverage Technology for Warehouse Transformation with Kevin Lawton

Ninaad Acharya, Dan Coll, Kevin Lawton

Episode Description

For this episode of the eCom Logistics Podcast, we welcome Kevin Lawton, Founder of The New Warehouse. Today, he talks about the innovations that are starting to take over warehousing operations today.

Kevin shares how he started his podcast and how the warehousing space has changed over time with the emergence of technology. From AI and computer vision being utilized in training to more practical applications on the job. He also discusses how he got into the micro-fulfillment space and what he expects moving forward.

ABOUT KEVIN

Kevin has been involved in the distribution industry for 11 years, primarily focusing on inventory control. He started The New Warehouse Podcast in 2019 with over 350 episodes published. He is also an adjunct professor in supply chain at Rider University.

He has grown The New Warehouse into a 3PL services business with a recently opened Micro-fulfillment center in Philadelphia.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 02:28 How Kevin started The New Warehouse podcast
  • 11:22 Understanding demographic replacement today
  • 15:55 Using technology for warehouse training and operations
  • 26:52 What excites Kevin about the micro-fulfillment space
  • 35:45 Observable changes in micro-fulfillment over the years

QUOTES

21:10 Using virtual reality for warehouse training – Kevin: “I love the training stuff just with the safety aspect overall. Training in the warehouse should be the same every time. I think programs like that allow you to do that same type of training every time.

24:07 Any tools that help understand what’s happening in the warehouse are extremely impactful – Kevin: “When you think about reducing staff by bringing in automation and robotics and just having member shortages in general with less people wanting to work in warehouses. Think about 4-5 managers having to cover half a million square feet, you can’t be everywhere at the same time.

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