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Don’t Let Your DC Be the Grinch That Stole Christmas

Eric Harty

Don’t Let Your DC Be the Grinch That Stole Christmas

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)

With December here, distribution centers everywhere are experiencing the peak season push. This year’s Cyber Monday made U.S. e-commerce history, setting a new record of $7.9 billion in online sales — up nearly 20 percent from 2017’s mark of $6.6 billion. Simply put: it’s sink or swim time for e-commerce fulfillment centers, where execution can mean the difference between potentially record-breaking sales and a lump of coal in their December balance sheets. Perhaps most importantly, your reputation as an online retailer is also on the line, and the last thing you want is for your DC to be the proverbial Grinch that stole Christmas.

At Honeywell Intelligrated, we’re committed to turning your DC into a finely tuned North Pole of seamless fulfillment capabilities. As December puts a laser focus on meeting service level agreements (SLAs), there’s no better time than now to look at the many ways we can equip your DC with the tools that deliver nothing but happiness to your customers year-round. Here are a few essential options you can add to your DC’s e-commerce fulfillment holiday wish list.

The Connected Distribution Center — make the connection to greater reliability. The Connected Distribution Center builds upon the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to address the most challenging problems facing distribution and fulfillment centers today. Increase reliability, improve utilization and maximize productivity to drive revenue gains from nearly every aspect of your fulfillment operations.

Momentum™ warehouse execution system (WES) — enable real-time decision making, smart order prioritization and dynamic order release execution. Momentum connects islands of automation to integrate disparate workflows and provide visibility into fulfillment operations within the four walls of the DC. WES fills the gaps left by most warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WCS) to quickly become essential software in modern DCs.

Robotics — integrate high-performance robotic solutions for dynamic distribution centers and manufacturing operations. From packet picking and robotic singulation to unloading, palletizing and depalletizing, we have a broad portfolio of patented robotic innovations designed to solve your most difficult fulfillment challenges.

Pick-to-light and put wall solutions — meet the throughput and accuracy demands of today’s high-density, high-velocity, e-commerce environments. SKU proliferation, high order volumes and widely varying order profiles are adding complexities to upstream picking processes and downstream fulfillment tasks. Offering best-in-class productivity, efficiency, speed and accuracy, pick-to-light and put wall solutions by Honeywell Intelligrated can transform cumbersome picking, product aggregation and order consolidation into streamlined workflows.

AS/RS automation — establish a goods-to-operator (GTO) fulfillment model. Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) have become indispensable tools for operations seeking to maximize storage densities in existing facilities and eliminate costly manual picking inefficiencies. In particular, AS/RS are ideal for GTO applications because of their ability to retrieve inventory in cartons, totes, cases or other storage media from narrow aisles, and then deliver them to operators.

Lifecycle Support Services (LSS) — reduce the risk of downtime and increase system availability, longevity and dependability. LSS takes a consultative approach to lifecycle management, delivering proactive, value-added solutions while offering all the services, parts and support needed to keep systems running at peak efficiency.

Each of these Honeywell Intelligrated solutions can help your DC run at peak efficiency levels and meet your escalating e-commerce challenges — not only during the critical holiday push but also throughout the year. But we’re not just about providing the tools you need. We have the experience and expertise to evaluate your operations and recommend the ideal mix of software, hardware and lifecycle support services. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts today: call 1.866.936.7300 or complete the Contact Us form on our website.