What is driving automation in the Southeastern U.S.?

There are a few factors driving automation in the Southeastern US. Similar to the rest of the world, customers are demanding faster delivery times and big box retailers are demanding that shipment and orders be accurate. Regionally, the anticipation of the Panama Canal expansion is driving companies to reevaluate their supply models and execute a cost analysis versus faster delivery times. This analysis will drive the investment of more automated distribution centers in port areas. The expansion has also driven the port systems to invest in dredging and expansion as well to accommodate these larger ships, meaning more product producing more throughput.