The Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 program salutes the outstanding achievements of the area’s privately-owned businesses, recognizing the top 100 private companies based on revenue. Intelligrated made the list for the 8th straight year, ranking 21 out of the 100 companies selected.
Deloitte begins compiling the list in the summer, surveying nearly 650 firms for sales revenue and other data. Along with the 100-company list, Deloitte and the Cincinnati Enquirer publish trends and highlights based on results from the surveys. Their findings include:
- More than 70 percent responded with reducing corporate tax rates as what the federal government can do to help mid-sized businesses grow in 2015.
- Nearly half of the companies surveyed said they are likely or very likely to acquire another company in the coming year.
The Deloitte list is the latest Ohio business accolade for Intelligrated in 2014. The company made the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Top 100 Workplaces list as a top large workplace in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Cincinnati Business Courier recognized Intelligrated as an engineering finalist for its Innovation Awards and as a finalist for its Fast 55 program, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in Greater Cincinnati. The Ohio Cooperative Education Association also honored Intelligrated with a Distinguished Employer Award, recognizing the vital role of companies who provide employment and learning opportunities for co-op students.
In the material handling and logistics industry, Intelligrated placed in Modern Materials Handling’s ranking of the top 20 worldwide materials handling system suppliers, the only U.S.-based company in the top 15. Further honors in the industry include recognition as a Top 100 Logistics IT provider by Inbound Logistics and inclusion in the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100.
Intelligrated has grown to more than 2,600 associates worldwide and expects further growth to close 2014. The company continues to develop its presence within the United States and abroad, opening a new southwest regional operation in Texas and expanding its offices in China, Brazil and Canada.
From the Intelligrated booth demonstration at PACK EXPO, Chris Arnold, vice president of operations and solutions development, discusses the proliferation of robotics in distribution and fulfillment operations.
Arnold covers the changing market conditions that drive this trend, including labor issues and advancements in robotic technology.
In his latest video blog, Intelligrated CEO Chris Cole discusses current trends and technologies from the PACK EXPO show floor.
Cole covers the labor shortage facing the logistics industry and robotics, labor management software and voice solutions to help increase operational capacity and workforce efficiency.
In a video blog from the PACK EXPO show floor, Earl Wohlrab and Tracy Niehaus discusses trends and new technologies featured at the show.
Visit Intelligrated in booth #3536 in the south hall to learn more about the latest robotic material handling solutions.
Mixed pallet loads increase efficiency throughout the distribution network for food, beverage and consumer packaged goods
With PACK EXPO International less than a month away, 50,000 attendees are set to descend on more than 1.1 million square feet of exhibits at McCormick Place in Chicago. Intelligrated will debut next-generation robotic mixed-load order fulfillment solutions to help manufacturers and distributors meet demand for mixed-load pallets. Visitors can receive an in-booth demo by visiting Intelligrated booth#3536.
Where does this demand come from and how does robotic technology optimize complex pallet load building?
Retailers strive to deliver the product variety customers want at a price point they can afford, all while protecting slim profit margins. To avoid stock outs and streamline replenishment, companies have adopted a strategy of smaller, more frequent deliveries from distribution centers to stores, stocking shelves directly from pallets containing multiple package types and sizes.
Robotic technology brings the efficiency, accuracy and cost-saving benefits of automation to the traditionally manual process of mixed-load pallet building. Robotic systems build these pallets based on criteria such as size, weight, fragility and load stability. Robots can also accommodate other desirable load characteristics including shelf location and delivery sequence that help consolidate transportation routes and streamline replenishment at the store. This allows a stocker to methodically put away merchandise in the correct location and display sequence as they work their way down an aisle.
As manufacturers and distributors consolidate operations and leverage economies of scale, investments in robotic automation help maximize productivity throughout the supply chain. Today’s robotic systems offer the flexibility to automate virtually any mixed-case requirement, allowing operations to realize labor savings in the warehouse and store, increase accuracy and tighten inventory control.
To see a live demonstration of this robotic technology, visit Intelligrated booth #3536 in McCormick Place’s south hall. The demo features mixed-load robotic palletizing with specialized end-of-arm tooling capable of handling multiple cases in a single pick, an autonomous mobile robot to transport pallet loads, stack-and-wrap for load stability and a vision-guided robotic depalletizing station.
Booth visitors can also learn about other automation solutions such as automated storage and retrieval systems for order sequencing and buffering, and high-speed automated palletizing. Representatives from Intelligrated lifecycle services will be on hand to discuss system assessments, spare parts, and upgrades and modifications to increase operational life, capacity and uptime of existing systems.