Labour & Automation

In many of Europe’s logistics property hotspots sourcing labour has become one of the biggest challenges confronting companies, but we also hear more and more about the rise of automation and robots. These issues – labour and automation – are connected to a large extent. As they have risen up corporate agendas, logistics property developers and investors have been seeking to understand how warehouse operations could change and how this might affect the buildings occupiers require and their location

In this short paper, we present some observations based on: an analysis of labour statistics and projections; a review of recent studies on automation and robots; and a series of warehouse visits and case studies.