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How robots improve efficiency in the DC How robots improve efficiency in the DC

Robots have been a common sight in manufacturing facilities for decades, performing dirty, dull and dangerous tasks characterized by common threads of repeatability and precision.

As robotic mobility, vision guidance and control software evolves, so does the ability of robotic solutions to function in the dynamic, unstructured environments that characterize today's distribution centers.

But what tasks are best suited for robotics, and what robotic solutions are mature enough to cost-effectively implement? Operations can implement robotic solutions throughout the warehouse, including: receiving; put away and replenishment; fulfillment; packing; shipping.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: April 2015
Intelligrated

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2015 WMS RFP Template 2015 WMS RFP Template

With so much at stake and so many solutions providers to choose from, this can seem like a daunting process. Having a tool designed to objectively grade vendors on the solutions they offer can help. This 2015 WMS RFP template was created to help you objectively grade and view all prospective vendors through the same lens, allowing you to make a truly informed buying decision.

Get your 2015 WMS RFP Template today and started on seeing a positive return on your investments in 2015 and beyond!


Presented by: HighJump Software
Date: March 2015
HighJump Software

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The Waveless Warehouse: Why Wave Picking Might Not Be the Best for Your Distribution Center The Waveless Warehouse: Why Wave Picking Might Not Be the Best for Your Distribution Center
We adopt new technology because it presents a better way of getting things done. The horse and buggy gave way to the car because of speed and convenience. The smart phone eclipsed feature phones because consumers could have richer apps and a connected experience. Similarly in business, new technology must bring tangible benefits to really catch on. A new buzzword won't cut it without bottom line benefits, especially in the cost conscious world of logistics. Within warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) one buzzword that has been around for a few years is "waveless" picking. While waveless operations have been adopted by a few U.S. companies, and are much more commonplace in Europe, the characteristics of waveless picking, its benefits, and its supporting elements, are far from well understood. But if your DC is beset by bottlenecks, poorly coordinated islands of automation, and is struggling with the tighter order priorities common to multichannel fulfillment, then it may be time to learn more about waveless picking and what it can do for your bottom line.


Presented by: viastore systems, Inc.
Date: March 2015
viastore systems, Inc.

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How DIM pricing affects the DC How DIM pricing affects the DC

With dimensional weight (DIM) pricing now in effect for packages less than three cubic feet, fulfillment operations face new challenges to keep shipping costs low while maintaining efficient, high-throughput distribution.

As operations introduce various strategies to cope with DIM pricing, they must account for the capabilities of automated systems in order to avoid issues that derail fulfillment.

  • Can your existing automated equipment handle polybags?
  • What software can help you select the most efficient carrier and packaging type?
  • Do your scanning systems accommodate irregular surfaces and shapes?

Download this complimentary white paper from Intelligrated to answer these questions and more.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: February 2015
Intelligrated

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The 2015 Parcel Market Report The 2015 Parcel Market Report

Keep your finger on the pulse of the parcel industry. Green Mountain Consulting's parcel experts release an annual Parcel Market Report, packed with trends and tips to help you optimize your network.

This report provides valuable content focusing on new carrier programs, future trends and carrier rate increase assessments. Some of the featured articles include:

  • Ground Dimension Rule Changes – Next Steps in 2015
  • Managing and Utilizing Big Data
  • Understanding Parcel Carrier Transit Time Options
  • Regional Carriers – An Increasingly Viable Carrier Alternative
  • And much more!

Presented by: Green Mountain Consulting
Date: February 2015
Green Mountain Consulting

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The Other Half of your Net Landed Cost of Goods The Other Half of your Net Landed Cost of Goods

Eyefreight, a provider of SaaS TMS technology, has helped numerous brands across the globe optimize their distribution processes. The case studies included in this white paper show Eyefreight's flexibility to adapt to the unique needs of shippers with complex distribution scenarios to reduce their net landed cost of goods and positively impact the bottom line, to the tune of double digit reductions in transport costs, increased perfect customer orders, radical decreases in planning teams' workloads, and significant reductions in CoD, including reductions in transportation costs, distanced traveled and carbon footprint.


Presented by: Eyefreight
Date: November 2014
Eyefreight

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Ideal Applications for Cameras in Retail Distribution Centers Ideal Applications for Cameras in Retail Distribution Centers

When deployed strategically within a facility, this image-based data capture technology offers benefits beyond its ability to read 1D and 2D codes. Download the white paper to learn the points within a retail DC where cameras offer the greatest benefits and maximum ROI.


Presented by: SICK
Date: October 2014
SICK

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Introducing the Fulfillment Execution System Introducing the Fulfillment Execution System

The rise of e-commerce and growing adoption of automation to solve order fulfillment labor, speed and accuracy challenges drives the need for a real-time fulfillment execution system software model. Fulfillment execution systems offer real-time adaptive workflow for optimized omnichannel fulfillment and unprecedented efficiency and accuracy.

Download this complimentary white paper to learn more about this real-time fulfillment execution software model and how it compares to conventional warehouse management systems.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: September 2014
Intelligrated

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Teachable Moments: A New Supply Chain for a Changing Industry Teachable Moments: A New Supply Chain for a Changing Industry

In this whitepaper, a top global publisher must change how they operate—and think about—their supply chain due to fluctuating and unpredictable inventory shifts.

To create a new and viable business model, the company had to address four essential goals with a 3PL: Mitigating Risk, Transferring Assets, Establishing a Variable Pricing Model and Building a Flexible Platform. Read more on how GENCO shifted risk and responsibility away from this publisher in a changing industry.


Presented by: GENCO
Date: August 2014
GENCO

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Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers

Traditionally, retailers have used three separate distribution facilities to meet the needs of three different sales channels: one each for brick-and-mortar retail store replenishment, wholesale bulk shipments to other resellers, and small parcel e-commerce fulfillment to individual customers. "The advantage to this approach is to allow internal processes in each facility to be more focused and easier to control. The disadvantages are obvious: redundant infrastructure, excessive inventory and high overhead – all resulting in high costs."

The challenge for multi-channel retailers, therefore, is how best to consolidate two or more of these different facilities into a single omni-channel distribution center. To do so successfully requires a considerable investment in automated material handling systems. This white paper addresses some of the areas a retail corporation should consider when evaluating such a project.


Presented by: Vanderlande
Date: July 2014
Vanderlande

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The Future of Warehousing 2018 The Future of Warehousing 2018
From cost center to growth center. Get insightful opinions on changes in the marketplace from this independent survey of warehouse personnel. Motorola Solutions examined the current warehousing marketplace in our 2013 Warehouse Vision Report, conducted April-May of 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.
Presented by: Motorola
Date: July 2014
Motorola

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10 Best Practices for Running a Leaner, Greener Transportation Network 10 Best Practices for Running a Leaner, Greener Transportation Network

Organizations wrestling with rising transportation costs, supply chain inefficiencies, complex routes with multiple stops, or the daily challenges of managing carriers, plants and competitive lanes, are looking for better transportation alternatives. What is one of the best ways to achieve a more effective transportation network? Integrating lean practices into every aspect of transporting goods.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: July 2014
Ryder

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Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick

Picking involves much more than grabbing an item off a static storage rack or shelf. In the typical manual distribution center, picking means an operator receives a paper list of instructions about what to pick and where, travels to the correct storage location, locates the correct item within the storage location, refers to the paper pick list to determine the number of items required from that pick face, picks the items, confirms the pick by marking the paper, then delivers the items for packing.

While most operations understand mistakes will happen, very few have taken the time to calculate the true cost of those mispicks, and how they impact the bottom line. This white paper outlines a calculation for estimating the true cost of mispicks in order fulfillment to an operation. It also presents technology solutions to improve pick accuracy, and shares a calculation for determining the savings they can deliver.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: July 2014
Kardex Remstar

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Six reasons to pick a new direction in voice and multi-modal solutions Six reasons to pick a new direction in voice and multi-modal solutions
Voice and multi-modal technology is evolving and creating new opportunities all the time. The proprietary systems that characterized much of the market for years are giving way to a more open approach, including more choices in hardware and software and more ways to drive down costs and boost performance.
Presented by: Motorola
Date: May 2014
Motorola

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The resident maintenance model The resident maintenance model

With systems dependent on complex equipment, controls and software to manage tightly-scheduled operations, the cost of downtime can quickly escalate beyond cutting into slim profit margins and jeopardize future business and customer loyalty. As a result, more and more DC operators and e-retailers recognize the value of a resident maintenance program that offers guaranteed uptime, staffing and unlimited access to engineers and support staff.

This white paper covers five mission-critical benefits of implementing a resident maintenance program, supported with real-world anecdotes from Intelligrated's Customer Service & Support group.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: April 2014
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