MarketsandMarkets Forecasts Smart Warehousing Market CAGR 11.5%

October 14, 2021

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the global Smart Warehousing Market size to grow from USD 14.8 billion in 2021 to USD 25.4 billion by 2026, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.5% during the forecast period. Various factors such as the proliferation of smartphones for faster goods management, the rising advancement in the eCommerce industry due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the emergence of multi-channel distribution networks, and the dynamic nature and globalization of supply chain networks are expected to drive the adoption of smart warehousing hardware, solutions, and services. However, the market faces restraints, such as a lack of uniform governance standards in the fragmented logistics industry and growing data security and privacy concerns.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global supply chains has overtaken and impacted both supply and demand at a higher pace. But the impact of COVID on the warehouse is going to have long and lasting effects. As the virus spreads throughout the world, there is an outbreak or transportation delay in one part of the world that would have a devastating impact across the globe, causing shutdowns due to warehouse closures or missing or delayed supplies. At the warehouse, some organizations were left with excess inventory they could not ship sitting in inventory and few other firms were at a standstill as they waited to receive inventory at their depleted warehouse. Some industries witnessed unprecedented demand while other industries saw the demand fall, leading to a negative impact on the overall Smart Warehousing Market. Post COVID-19, warehouse and supply chain sectors have adopted and implemented automation technologies, such as Assisted Guided Vehicles (AGV), forklift automation, robotics, and smart sorting to enable businesses to thrive amid today's changing conditions.

"The reality is traditional Warehouse Management System software, even advanced solutions, is not all that smart," says Dan Gilmore, chief marketing officer at supply chain and WMS software provider Softeon.

However, Gilmore adds that when you combine advanced WMS with newer Supply Chain Execution System (WES) capabilities, something very smart does emerge.

"The Softeon WMS plus WES is already delivering the smart warehouse of the future today ," Gilmore says, adding that among the smart features of the system is the ability to automatically release order picks and other tasks to the the distribution floor based on optimization opportunities, inventory availability, resource availability, order priority, processing and travel time, carrier cut off times and more.

"AI and machine learning is part of this smartness, but certainly not all of it," Gilmore added.

The on-premises segment to hold the larger market size during the forecast period

Deployment mode segment for the Smart Warehousing Market are segmented into cloud and on-premises. On-premises segment to hold larger market share during the forecast period. Highly secure data encryption and the complete data visibility and control feature boost the adoption of on-premises-based smart warehousing solutions across verticals, such as retail and eCommerce, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing, to have better and efficient warehouse operations.

AI in warehouse segment to account for the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The Smart Warehousing Market is segmented on the basis of the technology, which include IoT and Analytics, AI in warehouse, RFID, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), blockchain, and others (AR, security, Wi-Fi, and voice recognition). The AI in warehouse segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing need to enhance the overall productivity with minimal errors

The increasing usage of AI and ML technology with smart warehouse solutions ensures effective inventory process and enhanced route optimization.

The large enterprises segment to hold a larger market size during the forecast period

The Smart Warehousing Market has been segmented by organization size into large enterprises and SMEs. The market for SMEs is expected to register a higher CAGR during the forecast period as cloud-based solutions and services help them improve business performance and enhance productivity. Whereas the large enterprises segment is expected to hold a larger market share in the Smart Warehousing Market during the forecast period. Large enterprises have already started implementing smart warehousing solutions and are focusing on implementing advanced technologies for managing the overall supply chain management process across channels. The availability of smart warehousing technologies such as RFID, IoT and analytics, and AI will enable large enterprises to handle complex inventory processes.

Healthcare and life sciences vertical is to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The healthcare and life sciences vertical is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the Smart Warehousing Market during the forecast period. The traceability and proper scanning of items for genuineness and preventing counterfeiting encourage healthcare companies to improve their warehousing practices. With the help of smart warehousing solutions, healthcare companies can efficiently handle their warehousing activities to enhance productivity.

North America to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

North America is estimated to have the largest market size in 2021, followed by Europe; this growth can be attributed to the technological upgrades in these regions. Being an early adopter of technologies, North America is an innovation hub and is expected to present strong opportunities for smart warehousing vendors to expand in this market. However, APAC is projected to grow at the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) due to the rapid rise in technology adoption across verticals to), enhance customer experience and productivity. The adoption of smart warehousing hardware, solutions, and services is expected to rise in MEA and Latin America due to the growing demand for automating warehouse processes for improved productivity, efficiency, and accuracy. The smart warehouse solutions that are implemented provide flexibility and enhance the capability of employees.

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