Warehouses/Distribution Centers Leverage Connected Technologies to Meet Growing Demand
HAMILTON, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dodge Building Networkin partnership with LiftMaster® today released a new Smart Market Overview entitled The connected warehouse which focuses on the rapidly growing market for sophisticated and technologically connected warehouse/distribution centers in the United States.
Dodge currently forecasts $53 billion in housing starts in the U.S. warehouse/distribution center market in 2022, up 1,400% since 2010 and representing more than one-third (36%) of the entire manufacturing sector. commercial construction in the United States this year.
Driven by strong consumer demand in the economy and the explosion of online retail, these facilities are deploying sophisticated technologies to optimize performance and meet changing demand. Additionally, they are 24-hour workplaces for increasing numbers of employees and require increasing levels of energy, safety and security management.
Based on a survey of several hundred industry professionals who create these facilities, the report covers investment drivers, location trends, deployment of connected technologies, worker safety and equipment, sustainability and the ways in which design and construction adapt to meet these dynamic needs.
“LiftMaster is delighted to work with Dodge on this important research,” said Jenny Lytle, general manager, Commercial Emerging Business. “Managing a warehouse with multiple access points and loading docks can be a stressful and demanding task; any inefficiencies can lead to increased expense or security issues. LiftMaster installed gates, doors and docks connected and myQ facility and dock management software in warehouse/distribution centers across the U.S. We have seen firsthand how our cloud-based solutions have provided warehouse managers with a more simple to monitor warehouse doors and docks and collect real-time insights into day-to-day operations, enabling them to make operations more intelligent and data-driven decisions.”
“We hope sharing these key findings across industry will accelerate the advancement of these critical facilities and provide a foundation for future studies to track progress,” Lytle added.
Key findings include:
- Investments are driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate higher volumes and changing business models. Fluctuating demand, rapidly changing product lines and changing business models such as on-demand warehousing drive the need to invest in renovations and new projects.
- Facilities are closer and closer to urban centres. All regions of the country are reporting an increase in the percentage of projects located in or near urban centers to meet consumer expectations for fast delivery.
- Connected automation systems are proliferating in loading docks. 77% of respondents report automating operational and material handling processes at loading docks on their recent projects, with up to 88% citing the use of one of the four specific systems surveyed.
- Connected technology systems are deployed across the facility. In addition to the widespread automation of operational and management processes in these facilities, between 60% and 82% of respondents report the installation of intelligent data capture controls, A/V and light communications, and security and access control/tracking on their recent installations. projects.
- Worker conveniences and safety are increasingly important, especially in a tight labor market. All regions are reporting increases in a wide variety of employee amenities, and 88% of respondents say owners place a high priority on employee safety when planning their facilities.
- More than two-thirds of owners (68%) are interested in creating zero-carbon facilities. Sustainability is important, with high percentages of owners wanting to minimize both energy consumption and operational waste at their facilities, as well as creating zero-carbon buildings. Many also seek LEED certification and incorporate a wide variety of eco-friendly products and materials.
- Technology is applied to the design and construction process. Respondents report using technologies such as BIM (building information modeling), software to model energy consumption, and software to simulate operations in the facility to be built during the design and construction process. Numerous Dodge studies show that these tools can help speed project delivery, control costs, and meet quality goals, so similar results can be expected in this industry as well.
“Warehouses used to be considered a quiet backwater in the entire commercial construction industry,” said Steve Jones, senior director of industry insights at Dodge Construction Network. “But the market has literally exploded over the past few years, and these installations are becoming more and more complex and sophisticated. We welcome the opportunity to explore this in depth and hope that the report will increase awareness and the industry expertise around these important elements of our economy.”
The report also features an in-depth interview with Tripp Eskridge, CBRE’s Managing Director of Project Management, who brings a unique perspective from more than 30 years of experience managing the design and construction process of industrial facilities such as these.
The SmartMarket Brief which contains the full results of the study and the interview can be downloaded for free here.
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About LiftMaster: LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a leading manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products. Driven by the access and security needs of the market, LiftMaster’s wide range of state-of-the-art residential and commercial products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, offering the latest technologies and innovations in security, safety and convenience. More information at LiftMaster.com.