Truck and Track Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023 Truck and Track 45 LOGISTICS AUTOMATION covering conveyors, AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots), and robotics to meet the diverse needs of our clients. BR: What do you see as the biggest challenges faced by the logistics industry today? PW: As mentioned earlier, rising costs and productivity concerns are the primary challenges not just for the logistics industry but for the broader UK economy. Labour scarcity and escalating recruitment and retention costs, coupled with complexities in paperwork and movement of goods, are making it imperative for the industry to seek innovative solutions. Automation emerges as the key to addressing these challenges effectively. BR: How will Bowe address and meet these challenges? PW: Automation is our ultimate solution to tackle the labour challenges in the logistics industry. By implementing automation technology, we can free up capacity and allow skilled employees to focus on value-added tasks. Whether it’s moving pallets, using auto labelling systems, implementing automated track and trace processes, or utilizing warehouse management systems that fully digitize the logistics process, Bowe Group aims to transform the industry’s productivity landscape through advanced automation solutions. BR: What is an AMR, and how can it be used in the freight and logistics industry for the movement of carts and pallets? PW: An AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) is a self-guided robot designed for efficient cart and pallet movement within the freight and logistics industry without requiring human intervention. These robots play a crucial role in enhancing warehouse automation and streamlining material handling processes. Compared to manual pallet moving with fork lift trucks, AMRs offer numerous advantages, including increased safety, higher flexibility, reduced labour costs, and improved productivity. Their autonomous navigation capabilities and adaptability to changing warehouse layouts make them indispensable assets in the logistics ecosystem. The Bowe Group is a key enabler of the transformation of the UK and Ireland’s logistics landscape by providing cutting-edge automation, software, and robotics solutions. With a longstanding history of engineering excellence, Bowe Group has embraced the challenges faced by logistics today and has set its sights on driving the automation revolution to increase productivity, reduce labour costs, and optimize the movement of goods in and out of warehouses. As the logistics industry continues to evolve, Bowe Group remains committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and transforming the way goods are handled, making them a leading force in the intralogistics automation sector.