Should the Storage Sector Prepare for Greater Automation?

March 28, 2017

The storage and transport industries are among those most likely to be affected by greater automation in the UK.

This is according to research conducted by PwC, which found that by the early 2030s 56 per cent of jobs in this category could be at risk as a result of the growing use of robotics.

However, although the organisation acknowledges that further automation could lead to job losses in some areas, it stressed that it will also lead to opportunities elsewhere.

While it’s easy to see how automation could be introduced in traditional storage sectors, it’s less clear what the impact could be on the self-storage sector.

Those employed at finished self-storage facilities do so to provide a friendly face for customers and to guide them to their unit, as well as to manage the safety and security of the site.

In terms of setting up a facility in the first place, you will still need human input to design the storage facility and optimise space. As every project is different, it wouldn’t be possible to automate the construction of a facility on site either.

Of course, we can’t predict all the advances in technology that we’re going to experience in the next ten to 15 years, and with companies looking for ways to maximise profits there is a chance that self-storage organisations may decide to slim their workforce back and rely on technology rather than offering a personal touch on site. Needless to say, they will require an experienced self storage contractor to realise this.

If you are considering making a self storage investment, contact us to find out more about the sector and how to get the most from your investment.