Ensuring resilient warehouses with bonded internet

If there is one word to define 2022, it is ‘unpredictable.’ The European logistics industry has had a rollercoaster of a year so far, and, as a result, supply chain agility has proven to be of utmost importance. The ability to react quickly to changes in the market, unexpected hurdles, and fluctuating customer demand is imperative, and warehouses play an important role in maximising operational efficiency.

Still, too many logistics businesses are relying on getting fixed line or fibre internet access into their warehouses, and as a result, are experiencing unnecessary delays and disruptions to their operations. According to Nick Sacke, Head of Operations and Pre-Sales, Comms365, alternative connectivity solutions, such as bonded internet technology, can play a crucial role in ensuring business resilience.

Challenging landscape 

Internet connectivity is essential for organisations in every industry, including logistics. Despite the cost-of-living crisis, research has found that take-up and costs for logistics spaces have continued to increase, driven largely by growth in eCommerce. Yet, despite increased demand, the development of new sites is hampered by a large volume of requirements, including location, size, and connectivity, which is limiting the ability for growth. But what if rural locations were no longer considered a barrier, especially when it comes to internet capabilities?

With fluctuations and seasonal changes, logistics businesses need to ensure that any potential delays that impact their operations are minimised. The ability for bandwidth and infrastructure to be able to scale up (and/or down) as business demand changes and connectivity requirements fluctuate has never been more important, especially within warehouses.

Bonded internet technology

To overcome existing and potentially new challenges, especially for warehouses where there is often no current connection, logistics businesses can invest in a communications resource that meets the business’ Internet needs, regardless of location. Gone are the days when Internet connectivity was restricted to a fixed-line provision, and now, devices utilising software-defined networking can be implemented – which connect to the Internet using mobile technology.

By integrating Internet connections from different carriers to create a single 'virtual Internet pipe,' advanced bonded wireless Internet solutions enable organisations to add important resilience and backup capability to their connection while building in contingency with an automatic failover should one of the lines fail.

Furthermore, advanced bonded Internet solutions can be implemented in a single warehouse or multiple sites, with management and visibility of the whole estate accessible through a single portal. In addition to reliable performance, the speed of deployment is appealing. Bonded internet connections can be rolled out on-site immediately, offering instant internet connectivity.

Investing in the foundations for future innovations

Over the last few years, the logistics industry has recognised the importance of creating smart warehouses and digitising processes as a means of survival and remaining competitive. With rapid developments in the technology available, from IoT, Machine Learning, AI, and the use of robotics, the warehouse of the future is likely to be as innovative as possible.

However, these technologies can only be successful if warehouses have high-speed and reliable Internet network connectivity in place to support the use of these innovations. Without having the right connectivity foundations in place, these technologies could soon become a poor investment. Put simply, any drive to improve operational efficiency through digital tools today relies on having high-speed and reliable Internet connectivity on-site to achieve maximum value.

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