For the past 10 years, job openings in consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries have outpaced the number of applicants, and the gap has increased every year. In 2017, according to McKinsey & Company, the ratio of open positions to applicants was 8:1. Lack of applicants means more overtime for existing workers, which can increase job turnover. The food and beverage industry recently reported that more than 41% of line workers change positions each year. The answer to CPG’s labor issue is the smart deployment of automated technology solutions.

CPG companies have traditionally used machine vision, robots, and other automated precision material handling solutions to improve quality rather than solve labor gaps. But “we believe that attitude needs to change,” writes McKinsey Global Institute. “A smarter, more flexible and more holistic approach to automation could be a powerful way to address talent challenges.”

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