It won’t necessarily impact the number of people working, but it will impact the job roles available to employees. Rather than people spending a large amount of time stacking shelves, what we will see is employees working with the automation system and be presented with an opportunity to up-skill themselves and work with robotic systems rather than shelving units.
Employees could be presented with an opportunity to fulfill other needs of the business, and also enjoy a role that has more job satisfaction and variation tied to it.
As well this, the business itself will see a benefit to up-skilling their workforce by removing the risk of human error when it comes to supply chain efficiencies. Sick days and staff holidays will also be less of an issue for businesses.