Distribution and fulfillment
Maintaining Data Security in a Digital Age
Today’s distribution and fulfillment operations are reaching the point where they have to take chances to succeed, thrive or even survive — especially those competing in the hyper-competitive, fast-paced world of commerce. As a result, many are making a digital transformation to more automated processes and connected facilities, both made possible by the industrial internet of things (IIoT).
User-Friendly Software Delivers Connected DC Insights
The emergence of connected infrastructures in distribution and fulfillment center environments offers potential access to an abundance of untapped operational data. Provided by a network of connected devices, machine-level assets and system controls, this information is typically pushed to a storage platform — such as a cloud database — where historical data is continuously gathered.
Inside the Digital Transformation Taking Place in Distribution and Fulfillment Operations
The distribution and fulfillment sector is experiencing a historic transition in the way it conducts business: from manual to automated operations; analog to digital processes; and limited visibility to real-time insights. It’s part of a new industrial revolution that many refer to as the digital transformation, and in our industry, it’s largely driven by the unrelenting acceleration of e-commerce.
Many organizations today have disparate devices in multiple form factors for many uses, a myriad of applications for different tasks, and complex IT infrastructures — all of which are difficult and costly to maintain. These mobile solutions are built on different technology platforms that force companies into siloed provisioning and application support.
Market Research Reveals Impacts to Distribution and Fulfillment Operations
The relentless march of e-commerce continues to put tremendous strains on distribution and fulfillment operations. Honeywell Intelligrated, in collaboration with Modern Materials Handling and the Peerless Research Group (PRG), recently surveyed 171 U.S.-based material handling executives to understand how their respective companies are managing in lieu of e-commerce pressures.
In the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk about the digital transformation taking place in a variety of industrial sectors. Technologies like robotics, automation, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence are no longer part of some faraway future, but the very tools many companies are integrating into their daily business practices today. Not only is this evolution helping companies deliver consistently exceptional customer experiences, it’s also introducing solutions to traditional challenges while ushering in a new era of process efficiencies.