Automation is the creation and application of technologies to produce and deliver goods and services with minimal human intervention. The implementation of automation technologies, techniques and processes improve the efficiency, reliability, and/or speed of many tasks that were previously performed by humans. In many manufacturing plants today, robotic assembly lines are progressively carrying out functions that humans used to do. The term ‘manufacturing’ refers to converting raw materials and components into finished goods, usually on a large scale in a factory.
Automation encompasses many key elements, systems, and job functions in virtually all industries. It is especially prevalent in manufacturing, transportation, facility operations, and utilities. Additionally, national defense systems are becoming increasingly automated.
Automation today exists in all functions within industry including integration, installation, procurement, maintenance, and even marketing and sales.
According to PC Magazine, automation by definition is:
“Replacing manual operations with electronics and computer-controlled devices. For example, ‘office automation’ replaced manual typewriters, filing cabinets and paper appointment books with computer applications.”
“Tape and disk libraries have been called ‘automation systems’ because robotic arms pick cartridges out of a stacker and move them to the drives.” Artificial intelligence is gradually creeping into every aspect of our daily lives. Not only is it becoming more common in the workplace, but also in the home and even outdoors. Will it lead to a better quality of life and standard of living for humans, or a living hell?
Automation and the office environment Over the past forty years, information technology has completely changed the office environment. Such functions as communication, documenting, correspondence, and filing have become fully automated. Offices today even feel and look completely different from what used to exist in the 1950s.
Apart from the huge difference in decibel levels, our offices today have much less furniture. Offices used to have loud typewriters, filing cabinets, and other furniture.
If we could travel in a time machine to the 1950s, the piles of paper would amaze us.
Automation in Car Plants In the top image, I can see one human (yellow circle) and six cars. In the bottom picture, however, I can count six people working on just one car. Automation has dramatically changed manufacturing in car plants across the world. (Images: Today – autoalliance.org. 1920 – tchaunationalhistoryday.weebly.com) The average office desk used to be full of materials and equipment. Examples included folders full of paper documents, calculators, phone books, staplers, diaries, and post-it-notes. There were also Filofaxes, sticky tape, pens, and even paper maps and atlases.
While some traditional office workers still keep a number of these items in their desks, technology, and automation have eliminated the need for most of them.
How many of us today use a map made of paper to find directions compared to thirty years ago? When you wanted to find somebody’s phone number, you had to look it up in a book. You could also telephone a service and talk to a human being. Today, however, we go online or talk to a robot programmed with voice-recognition software.
Automation and flexible working Technology has shifted most office workers from a fixed 9-to-5 routine to flexible working. Thanks to the Internet, the Cloud, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, we can now work from anywhere. Not only can we work wherever we like, but also whenever we want to.
This flexibility means that people are now better able to manage their work-versus-life balance. However, we now have a new problem; we cannot switch off from work completely anymore.
Bank branches used to have lots of staff and customers in them. Today, fewer and fewer of us do our banking physically inside a branch. We do most of our banking either online or by talking to robots on the phone.
Even if we go into a branch, most of the now are full of machines and technology inside. These state-of-the-art machines allow us to complete our banking tasks. In fact, most of us could easily manage without ever having to meet a human banker face-to-face.
Automation - self driving cars Professor Henrik Christensen, from the University of California San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, believes that babies born today will never drive. Self-driving cars will be everywhere. He also predicts that a wave of companion robots will serve as health care, home companions, assistant robots, robotic pool cleaners, and many others. Some which are reviewed on Roger Corbinetti’s site.
Automation in the manufacturing environment Manufacturing has undergone enormous changes over the past few decades. Employment in manufacturing in the advanced economies has declined considerably.
In 1996, fourteen percent of the US workforce worked in manufacturing, compared to just 8% today. That dramatic decline was in just two decades! Who knows what the percentage will be in two decades’ time!
Not all of those jobs have disappeared because of automation. Some jobs have shifted abroad to countries with cheaper labor costs. However, a sizable proportion of that loss has been due to automation. ShipRocket-A3e6a, a product of Delta based C&P BAKING AND CATERING SERVICE LTD , is African first automated shipping software that aims to reduce e-commerce shipping to its bare bones. ... You can print bulk shipping labels and ship your products to in and around the world using a single Platform. What inspired me of setting out this Project was as a result of my mom's health, this is my story? I lived in a typical village where there were no means of transportation, availability of water, lack of electricity. Habitat from my environment were all living in struggles that was 26yrs ago way back in 1994. My mom got ill and it became so severe that we had to sort for medication then the only pharmacy shop was located in a far away distance and no means of transport there. My relation happens to live in the city and he was the only one that could deliver the prescribed drugs to us but no means of transportation to our village. We had no choice than to make use of local made herbs to cure the ailment. It wasn't easy but with prayers my mom recovered. An idea of creating a platform that can enable people print bulk shipping labels and ship your products to in and around the world using a single platform.
What it does
How do you ship using Shiprocket?
- The Shiprocket platform is hassle free and simple to use!
- Choose your shipment. Import all your orders with automated channel sync and select the shipment.
- Select courier partner. Based on your requirement select a courier partner.
- Pack and ship. Pack your orders, print labels and hand it over to the courier partner.
- Track. The most accurate way to find out when your order will arrive is to track your package. ...
- Track your order with a tracking number
- Open your Google Store order history.
- Find the order you want to track.
- Click Order details.
- Click Track it.
Shipping Bill or Freight Bill is the invoice raised by Shiprocket for all the shipped orders from your account. This invoice is raised every 2nd and 4th week of the month. It contains all the details of your shipments such as shipping date, courier partner etc.
To accept return on your products:
Go to "Returns" from the left menu and click on "All Return Orders"
To see your return requests, click on the "Return Requested" button
Now, click on "Accept" to proceed with the return request
To initiate your return order, go to "All Return Order" tab
Next, select your preferred courier partner to arrange pickup for your order
Finally, generate pickup for your order
To cancel return on your products:
If you do not want to accept the return on your products, simply click on the "cancel" button to reject the return request.
Next, share a reason for the cancellation. The same reason will be shared with your buyer.
Finally, click on "Yes, Cancel Request" to submit your reason.
USING THE SHIPROCKET PANEL
- Login to the ShipRocket panel.
- Goto Settings – Channels.
- Click on “Add New Channel” Button.
- Click on WooCommerce -> Integrate.
- Enter the store URL.
- Click on 'Connect to Woocommerce'.
- The Green Icon indicates that the channel has been successfully configured. Congratulations!
Editing an Order
Once an order is created or fetched from any channel into Shiprocket Account , you can click on the Order ID and get into the Orders Detailed Page. You can edit the following parameters in an Order:
- Customer Shipping Address.
- Shipment Details (Dimension and Weight)
The tracking ID is a string like UA-000000-2. It must be included in your tracking code to tell Analytics which account and property to send data to
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1 Shiprocket for COD orders 1.1 Location-based COD 1.2 Verification of COD order 2 Shiprocket For Processing COD/Prepaid Orders 2.1 Choosing a Shipping Company 2.2 Generating AWB number 2.3 Scheduling Pick up 2.4 Getting Shipping Manifest 2.5 Order Status 3 Shiprocket Salient Features Shiprocket for COD orders
At the time of placing a COD order when the customer puts her delivery pin code, Shiprocket runs a check through its serviceable pin-codes to check whether the same is available via any courier company or not. It accordingly hides or reveals the COD as a payment option. In case, the selected pin code is not serviceable for COD orders by any of the impanelled courier companies, only pre-paid payment options are allowed to be selected by the client.
Verification of COD order
When a customer places a COD order, a verification code is generated and sent as an SMS to the mobile number provided by the customer for verification. This functionality helps in segregating the unwanted or fake COD orders the store receives. Don’t worry, even if the COD verification fails due to any reason the order does not get cancelled or lost – it comes to your order panel with a pending verification status.
Shiprocket For Processing COD/Prepaid Orders
Choosing a Shipping Company
This is where the real magic starts. When you get the order in your order panel you simply need to click on the order, mark it shipped. The system automatically spits out the weight of the shipment. If volumetric weight is applicable, provide the volumetric weight and accordingly Shiprocket suggests the cheapest courier company providing COD or non-COD shipping services to that location. If one wishes, they can also manually overwrite in the shiprocket system and select other option courier company or also manually enter the carriers name and the Air Way Bill number if any.
Shiprocket - African number 1 shipping solution
Generating AWB number
Once a courier company is selected, Shiprocket automatically generates the AWB number and shows it on the screen. At the same time, the AWB number gets allocated to the respective order, gets populated as the barcode on the Shipping label and the invoice. The merchant can then take a print bulk or one at a time- stick the shipping label on the box and insert the invoice inside the box.
SCHEDULING PICK UP
Ensuring same day pick-up by courier companies, we have built a unique functionality of automatic pick up generation in Shiprocket.
It takes just a click of a button for carriers such as Fedex, Bluedart, Aramex and 13+ other courier partners to get information about the order, location of pick up, value of the order, weight and size of the shipment. As soon as they receive these details, a notification prompt for pick-up reaches the carrier.
Getting Shipping Manifest
Manifest is the last and most important step of shipping your orders. When the pick up executive from the courier company visits your warehouse to pick up the order, you can generate a copy of the shipping manifest which contains details including the order numbers, AWB numbers, product details etc. The manifest then needs to be signed by the executive. This is your physical proof of shipment which is then handed over to the courier company.
Post the hand-over to the courier company, the order statuses automatically change from “Ready to Ship” to “Shipped” to finally “Delivered” in your Shiprocket panel. At every status update a system generated SMS and Email is sent to the customer – keeping ordering experience WOW and giving that professional sense to the customer.
Shiprocket Salient Features
Start shipping the day you go live No minimum slab on the number of shipments Invoice and Shipping formats as per the courier company and government agencies’ standard Integrated with over 8 domestic courier companies, several local and ecommerce specific logistics partners are soon to get empanelled Also, manage your eBay and Amazon orders Certified logistics serve by Amazon India Integrated with FedEx, Aramex and DHL international to support your international orders Largest network, serving over 26000+ pre-paid and COD pincodes. Ship your COD orders too, we will collect your COD and reimburse the same to you International Ready: IP based pricing, fixed or dynamic currency conversions. Transactional SMS and email integrated One panel to view all order statuses by the customer.
Bulk Order Export
All the shipping history is saved on your panel for future reference Interested? Visit Shiprocket page here.
- Calculate Your Shipping Costs Now
- Pick-up Area Pincode*
- Enter 6 digit Pickup Area Pincode
- Delivery Area Pincode*
- Enter 6 digit Delivery Area Pincode
- Weight '0.5kg '
Order Cancellation After Courier/label assigning: After an order is labelled i.e a courier is assigned to the order, and you wish to cancel the order, then the same can be done from order internal page. By clicking the cancel button on the top right of the screen.
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How we built it
Why Shiprocket Is Your Ideal Shipping Partner?
widest reach Widest reach auto order sync and import Auto order sync and import label White-labeled tracking page Insurance Insured shipments pincodes Multiple pickup locations inventory management Inventory management
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Don’t Miss Out A Single Location
Deliver to every customer who places an order at your website Don’t Miss Out A Single Location sell from anywhere Sell From Anywhere Schedule pickups from multiple locations
Let your chosen courier partners pick up products from different locations. Shipping from anywhere in the country is now a cakewalk.
Manage Inventory On One Platform An all-in-one platform for an exclusive store!
Also manage your inventory on one platform to avoid any confusion with incoming and processed orders. Hit two targets with one arrow & save extensively on processing costs Despite these advances, there are certain skills to which humans will be better suited than machines for some time to come and the question is how to achieve the best combination of human and robot skills. The advantages of robotics include heavy-duty jobs with precision and repeatability, whereas the advantages of humans include creativity, decision-making, flexibility, and adaptability. This need to combine optimal skills has resulted in collaborative robots and humans sharing a common workspace more closely and led to the development of new approaches and standards to guarantee the safety of the "man-robot merger". Some European countries are including robotics in their national programmes and trying to promote a safe and flexible co-operation between robots and operators to achieve better productivity. For example, the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) organises annual workshops on the topic "human-robot collaboration". We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”
Our schools must restructure their curricula so that pupils get better training in math, engineering, technology, and science. There is a growing need for workers with *STEM skills as software developers, systems analysts, biomedical engineers, and some other fields. Bill Gates automation quote Bill Gates is an American business magnate, investor, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, which became the largest PC software company in the world. Since 1995, he has been rated by Forbes as the richest person in the world on many occasions. Robotics is an interdisciplinary research area at the interface of computer science and engineering. Robotics involves design, construction, operation, and use of robots. The goal of robotics is to design intelligent machines that can help and assist humans in their day-to-day lives and keep everyone safe. Robotics draws on the achievement of information engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and others.
Challenges we ran into
It costed lots of funds and time spent in the course of this lucrative project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
ShipRocket is my leading work piece as at 6yrs of technological and scientific researched. Shiprocket will offers 26000+ serviceable pin codes in African and spread across over 220 countries abroad. Now access every corner of the world to deliver your orders hassle free!
What we learned
We learnt so much in the process and much more innovative ideas are pumping out of the mind. You must take risk to succeed!
What's next for ShipRocket
Well, having achieved this it will be of great privilege to showcase my work to the world and see positive ways it can create employment opportunities for the society.