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Distribution and fulfillment

A growing majority of senior business leaders in the material handling industry report that digital transformation is a top priority. However, very few of those leaders have translated their priority into specific initiatives. For those companies whose industrial internet of things (IIoT) initiatives are falling behind or outright failing, it can also be difficult to pinpoint the causes. 
Conveyor systems are the critical arteries of distribution center (DC) operations, responsible for transporting materials from one process or location to the next.  Without them, processes can shut down, leading to unexpected delays in order fulfillment and inefficient use of labor. These delays can mean the difference between disappointing customers and winning repeat business or taking a loss, rather than making a profit.
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 e-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). 
The increased use of polybags and bubble mailers has had a tremendous impact on automated sortation systems. Ever since UPS and FedEx Ground changed to a dimensional weight-based pricing method in 2015, shipping companies have equated the volume of space consumed on a delivery truck to the shipping cost, making shipping smaller items more advantageous to their bottom line.
To meet SLAs without cutting into profit margins, managers need to be able to quickly identify underperforming labor resources and process bottlenecks. So, how do you do that? Our experts have identified 10 simple ways companies like yours can identify operational inefficiencies and address them before they impact the bottom line.
Mobility is one of the key factors enabling robots to thrive in logistics environments as never before. While many technologies are changing the game in warehouse automation, mobility is on the front edge, making it possible for robots to deliver more capabilities, increase productivity, and relieve labor burdens — all while reducing costs. 

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.

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