Automation

Comprehensive resource for automated materials handling. Includes news, insight and equipment reviews for automation within warehouses and distribution centers.


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Deploying Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) for DC Operations
Computerized maintenance management system software manages maintenance workflows and tech dispatching, asset history and spares procurement for...
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Peek Inside Trinchero’s New Automated Warehouse
When Trinchero Family Estates, one of the world's top wineries, consolidated its bottling and distribution with production, they knew they needed to...

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By Josh Bond · August 1, 2015
Manufacturer transports materials with near-lights-out automatic guided vehicle system.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Digital connections are spreading throughout the industry, enabling mobile, automated and real-time processes. But when opportunity overshadows security risks, new technologies can increase your exposure.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2015
Though subject to unique constraints, advances in the distribution of wine and spirits holds lessons for the wider industry.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 13, 2015
The development of a piece picking robot began with a trip through the desert.
By Bob Trebilcock · January 12, 2015
A pilot project in Rochester, New York, may be a precursor of what robots will look like in the warehouse of the future.
By Josh Bond · January 1, 2015
As inventory visibility advances the art of omni-channel fulfillment, retail stores and distribution centers are driven to develop new skill sets
By Josh Bond · September 1, 2014
As customer expectations parallel those in retail, industrial distributors are breaking out of traditional solutions to meet the e-commerce challenge.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2014
As Internet sales surge and customer expectations intensify, companies are working to create a web of inventory visibility, fulfillment speed and order accuracy.
By Josh Bond · March 1, 2014
By accurately capturing real-time data from a growing range of supply chain functions, voice technology can now play a role in decisions at the item and enterprise level.
By Josh Bond · January 1, 2014
Built on a software foundation, the targeted use of automation is helping warehouses improve themselves, their supply chains and the customer experience.
By Josh Bond · July 1, 2013
Retail distributors are looking to the storage, fulfillment and delivery strategies of beverage distributors to learn how to more closely connect the DC with the storefront.
By Josh Bond · May 1, 2013
Rooted in increasingly complex software, the concept of pick-to-light has moved well beyond the pick and is now capable of relaying an array of information to workers throughout the fulfillment process.
By Bob Trebilcock · April 1, 2013
The DC is in the middle of a transformation in the way retailers interact with customers.
By Josh Bond · February 21, 2013
Two-thirds of respondents in global survey expect revenue growth.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2013
The success of a big project hinges on how well individual parts, and the people responsible for them, come together as a whole.

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