They see 2013 as a mixed year. The economy is improving and unemployment has fallen below 8 percent, yet the outlook remains uncertain enough that companies are reluctant to start spending heavily.
Still, with American businesses sitting on $2 trillion in cash, it could be the perfect time to ask for upgrades to your WMS system, automated material handling and storage equipment, and other warehouse technology. Just be sure you can make a case for the cost savings that will be reaped by any new investments. In fact, warehouse technology has already begun to show signs of a rebound.
A recent survey by the Materials Handling Industry Association found that 74 percent of manufacturing and distribution operations are planning or pondering an automation investment.
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