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Numerous data collection technologies have been competing to be the preferred data collection technology for improving productivity and data accuracy.
The real question is how to get more from the combination of multiple data collection and barcoding technologies. These are referred to as multi-modal solutions where barcoding, mobile computing, voice, light, and other technologies are combined in such a way that more can be achieved together than separately.
Ergonomics is critical in today's material handling industry. The rolling resistance of industrial wheels is an important part of the discussion. Learn more about rolling friction as it affects industrial wheels. Whether loads will be towed or pushed manually, proper wheel selection will significantly impact the results. Using the principles described in this paper will enable good choices.
About $200B is spent globally on lighting energy each year, around half of which comes from commercial buildings. Luckily today's technology can make a difference with true system-level control over lighting.
Posted on 05/06 at 12:45 PM
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You're Shipping Smaller Orders, More Often and at Faster Service Levels. High-Speed sortation could be the answer. Operations are being asked to handle much smaller orders at much faster service levels than ever before. This expectation of speed and lean in-store inventory is trickling into retail replenishment as well, with demands for multiple smaller shipments per week, and POS replenishment overnight.
Posted on 05/06 at 12:16 PM
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Ordinarily, adding sales channels and growing sales make executives very happy. But sales growth does not always translate into additional profits. "Too much of a good thing" springs to mind when you're required to fulfill increased demand with a distribution system that was already at or over capacity. Neglecting the back end of the business can undermine new channels, increased market share and sales growth.
Motorola Solutions examined the current warehousing marketplace in the 2018 Warehouse Vision Report, based on research conducted in 2013.
The survey asked warehouse IT and operational personnel in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and third party logistics (3PL) market segments to share their thoughts and plans for addressing the new industry realities over the next five years.
Supply chain visibility is the Holy Grail for warehouses and distribution centers where the fast and efficient movement of goods is the solution to satisfying customer demand.
This is especially true for the 68% of companies which are not satisfied with material movement efficiency from source to destination. These companies are seeking new ways to get the right goods to the right place at the right time. They are finding that change, complexity, compliance, competition, and connectivity are leading to further confusion.
This white paper outlines five ways to increase profits with automation. By implementing automated storage and retrieval equipment-such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules, multiple areas of a manufacturing or distribution facility will benefit from savings in inventory accessibility, floor space, time, improved ergonomics and better accuracy.
Distribution requirements are changing. Few distribution managers would quibble with that statement. The increase in the demand for mixed cases, mixed cartons, aisle ready pallets and, most importantly, the increase in the volume of e-commerce orders is driving new levels of investment in automation.
How will the industry manage a 54% increase in the number of SKUs?
Warehouse strategies are turning to multimodal data collection technologies. Projected growth of 113% to 142% for multimodal data collection -- barcoding, mobile devices, RFID, voice, pick-to-light -- will enhance workflows and position the facility to be more flexible and productive
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