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Integrating Various DC Automation Systems Under One Umbrella

Warehouse execution systems (WES) have advanced significantly in recent years, securing an essential place among other types of distribution software as a key enabler of productivity required to succeed in today’s competitive retail climate.

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.

More than 20,000 material handling and supply chain professionals will descend on Chicago on April 8–11 as two key industry events converge at the city’s McCormick Center. ProMat, North America’s premier material handling and supply chain solutions show, will be co-located with Automate, the continent’s broadest automation event. Automate is only held every other year, so you definitely won’t want to miss the chance to attend these two amazing shows at the same time!

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.

Send a shuttle

I recently participated in a Modern Materials Handling (MMH) webcast to discuss some of the findings from “The Impacts of e-Commerce, Fulfillment Challenges and Improvement Priorities,” Honeywell Intelligrated’s research collaboration with the Peerless Research Group.

To compete in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of e-commerce, modern distribution and fulfillment center operations are introducing increasing levels of automation. Too often these automated systems operate independently, performing very discrete tasks and processes.

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