IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

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IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

The company is considering the use of drones for inventory management in its Dubai South distribution centre, Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC, tells ArabianSupplyChain.com.

“The Distribution Centre is one of the largest of its kind in the region, with a capacity to handle 120,000 cubic metres in conventional racking on eight levels of storage,” says Kadri. “The 100,000sqm of storage space is split into two sections with 135 134 loading docks and 180 parking spaces in the yard for containers and trucks.”

The DC is currently using RFID scanning and an in-house WMS to keep track of the tens of thousands of SKUs that are stored and distributed from the facility to stores across the GCC, but according to Kadri, IKEA is looking at new ways of keep track of stock. Continue reading “IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre”

FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years

faa forecasts

FAA forecasts continued growth in air travel in next 20 years. The FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, which projects sustained and continued growth in nearly every aspect of air transportation from general aviation private flying to large commercial airline passenger levels.

In commercial air travel, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are considered the benchmark for measuring aviation growth. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecast calls for system RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers to grow at an average rate of 2.4 percent per year between 2016 and 2037, with international RPMs projected for average annual increases of 3.4 percent per year. System RPMs are forecast to increase 65 percent during the 20-year forecast.  Continue reading “FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years”

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)

Remotely-piloted aircraft systems

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? Remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for commercial operations and recreational purposes. This has coincided with an exponential increase in reports of RPA operating dangerously close to manned aircraft and airports. Continue reading “Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)”