Story originally appeared in Manufacturing Global on June 30, 2020. Excerpts from the story below. To see the full story visit

When it comes to the effective deployment of automation in response to the outbreak, Alan Duncan, Senior Industry Strategy Director at Blue Yonder highlights that “in the case of a pandemic, or similar catastrophic events, the focus should be on machines autonomously running mundane, day-to-day tasks with people intervening based on experience and complementing the machine with strategic actions. Ultimately, it’s machines and people working together that will get us through this crisis, and those that will inevitably occur again. Automation has evolved into having a greater focus on flexibility, scalability and process adaptability, becoming a tool to optimise efficiency through manufacturers’ ability to adapt to demands,” adds Duncan.