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  (ASRS) for automating the processes in warehouses. This will enable the maximum utilisation of warehouses and reduce the reliance on employees for warehouse functions, significantly improving storage/ retrieval functions and allowing warehousing operations to be carried out 24/7.
• Automated guided vehicles
The use of computer-guided vehicles to move goods between specified areas. This will lead to less reliance on people and significantly reduce the possibility of accidents due to human error. It also dismisses the need for ‘holding areas’ while moving goods to particular regions.
• Predictive distribution management
This enables the analysis of collected data for efficient planning and business operations. It will help in the optimum use of resources because of planned and well-informed decisions. It will lessen the lead times for fulfilment and decrease the interruptions in the stock supply. There will also be lesser holding costs on account of improper stocking decisions or stock expiry.
To plug the skills gap in digital transformation, companies and individuals can take reference from the Skills Framework for Logistics, which identifies a spectrum of skillsets, career pathways and job roles to build up a digital workforce. Businesses can also tap on Workforce Singapore (WSG) Adapt and Grow initiatives such as the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) to support their transformation journey.
Support will be provided at each stage of digitalisation. SMEs can either self-assess using a self-assessment checklist or get in touch with the business advisors at the SME centres.

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