5 arguments for automated inventory with drones

30. March 2020|12 Minutes

Consumer behavior has changed drastically in recent years. As a result, the demands on logistics have increased aswellSame Day DeliveryFast Fashion, Black Friday – the list of trends in recent years is long. The effects do not only affect transport logistics, but all players along the supply chain. Warehouse logistics in particular are facing exceptionell challenges, because it is becoming increasingly important to keep an overview of stored goods. Support is provided by constant inventory. But this is above all: hardly adding value. 

At least two employees, equipped with a pallet truck, have to go to dizzying heights in order to correctly scan the stored goods with the hand scanner. In addition to the risk of injury, the constant time pressure is on their neck, because this type of inventory is time-consuming. When the inventory in a warehouse area is done and the results are processed in the WMS, there are often changes due to goods movements. In addition, there are incorrect bookings, which cost several storage spaces and have expensive consequences if entire pallets have to be searched for.

At this point, the attentive reader inevitably asks the question: Isn’t that easier? The answer: yes, with the help of an automated inventory with drones. What sounds like science fiction is not a vision of the future, it is already in use today. And there are many good reasons for this. Below we have collected five arguments from our customers that speak in favor of automated inventory with drones.


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Time saving

It takes two experienced employees around six seconds to scan the label and location to manually record the inventory. If there are several labels on the pallet, this extends the process by another second. Added to this is the time it takes to reach the storage area with a pallet truck or forklift. The inventory drone inventAIRy® XL also takes six seconds to correctly record the pallet and location, but this is independent of the number of labels to be recorded and the upper parking spaces can also be reached in a short time. Since the drone operates in an automated manner, it also offers the possibility of making sensible use of idle times. Depending on the interval and time of use, the user saves up to 90% of the time compared to manual processes.


Cost savings

Warehousing in general does not add much value, in addition there are incorrect warehousing, incorrect consignments and delays. Inventory recording is a necessary process, but performed manually, it minimizes the already low added value due to high personnel costs and time-related errors. The use of drones for automated inventory recording eliminates these cost sources. Overall, the use of automated warehouse helpers enables cost savings of up to 70% compared to manual inventory recording.



In addition to inventory data, the inventory drone inventAIRy® XL also provides high-resolution image data, and thus information about the packaging condition, pallet quality and much more. The generated data is archived and can be evaluated individually for the customer – an invaluable resource when it comes to preserving evidence or quality management. Regular automated inventory recording also provides important insights into the processes and work processes taking place in the warehouse. With this knowledge, warehouse processes can be optimized overall and thus made more efficient.

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Easy integration – easy application

The use of drones for automated inventory recording sounds like far-reaching changes in infrastructure. In fact, minimal adjustments may be necessary on the user side. The inventory drone can be used in all pallet racking stores after a short time. In addition, established processes in the warehouse remain largely untouched. The user uses the system independently and at specified intervals. This enables the big step towards digitization and automation with minimal effort and maximum flexibility.


More safety at work

In 2018, there were around 36,000 industrial accidents in the warehouse area in which industrial trucks were involved. That is up to 145 accidents per day (source: DGUV). Industrial trucks, such as forklifts or pallet trucks, are essential for manual inventory, because the fewest parking spaces can be reached without technical support. With the help of automated inventory recording with drones, this accident risk is minimized, since no employee has to go to dizzying heights.

In addition to this top 5 there are other convincing arguments for automated inventory recording with drones. Read more about our solutions here. If you have any questions or would like an insight into the experience of our customers, please contact us here.