For a good 20 years, pick-to-light systems have lit the way for order pickers racing to meet deadlines. Now the challenge is to integrate these systems with warehouse management software, which hasn't always been an easy sell. Stay tuned.
In a crunch a space crunch, that is a high-rise automated storage and retrieval system can work wonders, freeing up acres of DC floor space. And you'd be astonished to learn just what today's systems can handle.
For small truckers, an out-of-service rig means an out-of-work driver. One truckmaker is borrowing distribution techniques from the retail world to get repair parts right out to dealers and trucks back on the road.
You're in good company. Even the leading-edge DCs are shying away from the revolutionary in favor of more traditional equipment that's better, cheaper and faster and increasingly controlled by computers.
Collaborating with a third-party logistics management firm and an international material handling specialist, BMW runs a production parts warehouse in South Carolina that operates with the precision of a Z4 roadster.