Skip main navigation

Will we need warehouses in the future?

Will we need warehouses in the future?
© University of Warwick

Can we, for example, make our own products in the comfort of our own homes?

Watch the following video and read the article ‘the ultimate supply chain postponement system’ (link to the downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page) to see how this could revolutionise warehouses.

3D printing

In this video we see how products are printed using what looks like a large photocopier – the difference being that the item is printed in 3D and can have moving parts.

Does this mean that rather than ordering items over the internet or buying in store we can just print it at home as and when we want it.

A number of companies including aircraft manufacturers are beginning to use this technology as the material used is much lighter.

YouTube: 3D Scanning and Printing at WMG YouTube: 3D Scanning and Printing at WMG

Talking point

  • Which items might not be conducive to additive manufacturing or 3D printing?
  • What are the potential drawbacks of such a system?
© University of Warwick
This article is from the free online

Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education