Adapting to Urban Constraints:

With the adoption of the Climate and Resilience Law, warehouses must adjust to the zero net artificialization of land. This entails optimal use of available space, with the possibility of designing multi-level buildings. Additionally, the increasing proximity of warehouses to urban areas requires a more environmentally friendly urban delivery strategy, especially for the last mile.

Increased Digitalization:

A major trend is the growing integration of digital technologies in warehouses. This includes the use of robots at various stages of the supply chain to reduce task burdens, limit human errors, and increase productivity. Mechanization is also significant, providing support to operators for stock management and picking while enhancing product traceability. Furthermore, the Internet of Things (IoT) is utilized to collect data on the warehouse, which can be leveraged in software solutions for improved operational efficiency.

Environmental Commitment:

Companies must integrate eco-friendly practices into their logistics strategy to meet stricter environmental legislation and growing consumer expectations for sustainability. This involves designing environmentally friendly warehouses that adhere to higher energy and sustainability standards. Additionally, optimizing order picking and packaging is necessary to provide a more environmentally friendly customer experience. Finally, transitioning to zero-carbon transportation modes is essential to reduce the carbon footprint of the supply chain.

Rethinking the Role of Humans:

With the rise of robotization and automation, the question arises about the role of humans in the warehouse of the future. Although the number of employees in warehouses may decrease, the focus will be on improving working conditions and developing workers' skills. Supply chain management specialists must strive to make warehouses attractive by offering a work environment focused on employee well-being while capitalizing on the benefits offered by emerging technologies.