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Rapidly increasing customer expectations are creating a challenging fulfillment landscape. E-commerce order volumes are three times higher than the retail industry as a whole. Consumers want greater product variety, creating larger and more volatile inventories, and they expect fast — and free — delivery. Mass urbanization adds additional challenges by limiting the availability of warehouse space and making prime locations more expensive.
Distribution and fulfillment operations often struggle with their transitions to automation. Many are challenged when deciding when is the right time to change and how to choose the appropriate technologies for their respective business. The good news is that usually your business’ day-to-day operations will tell you.

The Many Uses of Shuttles Within a DC

Rick Graff, senior product manager, discusses the different uses of shuttles in a distribution center. Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) help you move higher volumes of product and make the best possible use of valuable storage space. Powered by Honeywell Intelligrated’s innovative Momentum™ warehouse execution system, AS/RS are a key component of integrated systems that combine the right mix of automation, software and labor to optimize the productivity and throughput of unique operations.

It’s a common sight in a distribution center (DC): employees pushing carts throughout the warehouse — all shift long. What if these same employees could maintain consistent picking productivity during that time, or complete tasks that support faster and more efficient throughput?

Today’s DC managers face ongoing struggles: labor shortages, SKU proliferation, inventory storage costs and rising customer expectations. These demands require robust solutions.

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Deloitte’s most recent Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index forecasts the U.S. to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world soon as 2020. This growth has a substantial effect driving economy, while also applying pressure on individual operations to find innovative ways to control costs and improve performance.

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