This white paper examines the specific labor, operational and technological challenges on the loading docks of distribution centers (DCs), and introduces a new solution to help deliver the performance modern supply chains require.
Labor management software (LMS) is an essential tool for increasing employee productivity and maintaining high customer service levels. Learn how LMS by Honeywell Intelligrated can be used to foster trust and transparency with a customer, which in turn can boost retention rates and satisfaction.
Honeywell Robotics uses advanced vision-guided robotic technology, machine learning-based decision making and sophisticated AI — similar to that of driverless vehicles — combined with integrated controls and conveyors to automate the freight unloading process.
Jason Franklin discusses the range of productivity gains possible through the implementation of labor management software (LMS). Throughput gains are defined by the handling characteristics of the actual product and the starting point of the workforce. LMS not only defines the performances of individuals, but it also provides coaching and incentives, monitors work consumption, and determines where labor would best be utilized.
For every 100 people earning $15/hour, a 10 percent performance improvement will result in $225,000 in annual operational savings.
While it’s a known fact that distribution centers (DC) utilize a sizable amount of automation, some estimates claim up to 80 percent of DC activities are still performed by manual labor. But facing persistent labor challenges and unrelenting e-commerce growth, many DC operators are augmenting their workforce with a variety of robotic solutions.
Robotic automation creates jobs
Jason Franklin explains how the ROI for labor management software (LMS) is very well-defined because the tool can measure your improvements. For a facility with 50 direct labor workers or more, the expected ROI is about eight months. After this point, throughput, productivity and visibility benefits can be seen in your bottom line.