Author Archive for Clint Reiser

This Week in Logistics News (November 14 – 20)

The “red stuff.” That’s what my four-year-old daughter calls it. She had it at her grandparents’ house a couple weeks ago for the first time and now mentions to me on a daily basis that she wants it on Thanksgiving. Yes, I’m talking about that Thanksgiving staple cranberry sauce. And I am a big fan as well. As we approach Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on the Pilgrims settlement in Plymouth back in 1621. In […]

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Megatrends in Warehousing and Fulfillment

Warehousing megatrends are primarily driven by the long-term, sustained, global growth of e-commerce. Today’s customer experience depends on warehouse activity more than ever before. But these warehouses must fulfill more orders of smaller handling units, at higher costs with more required tasks. Furthermore, fulfillment horizons have become compressed while variability in throughput requirements has increased. These pressures have encouraged greater […]

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Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference: Insight into a Rapidly Expanding and Evolving Ecosystem

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) hosted its virtual Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference earlier this week (October 26 – 27). I personally kicked off research on the global mobile warehouse robotics market earlier this month and therefore chose to attend conference sessions that provided insights on the broader context of mobile warehouse robotics, namely the concepts of ecosystems, integration, and interoperability.  Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) interoperability as a concept found its way into many sessions but it was the main topic of the session presentation by Aaron Prather of FedEx. A unifying architecture as the mechanism to scale AMR adoption…

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Oracle Live: Cloud SCM for Speed and Agility

The Oracle Live: Cloud Applications event highlighted the supply chain function due in part to the extensive supply chain disruptions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. A key premise, global supply chains have depended on a certain level of predictability that is no longer available. This requires a multidimensional value framework that places increased emphasis on supply alternatives, risk exposure, tariffs, and channel complexity.

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Warehouse Automation Market Outlook: 2020 Update

ARC Advisory Group’s 2020 update to its global warehouse automation market shows Dematic, Knapp, and SSI Schaefer as the 2019 market share leaders. Accelerating warehouse automation demand from e-commerce growth is propelling market growth. This year’s research includes additional five year forecasts for hardware by equipment category (subsystems), hardware by load size, and retail by type.

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Picking Up the Pace: The Acceleration of Kindred AI

My first introduction to Kindred AI occurred at the Manhattan Associates booth at Promat 2019. There I learned about the company’s partnerships with automation vendors and the forthcoming Manhattan Automation Network certification. As I stated back in 2019, I found the partnership with Kindred and the integration with Kindred Sort particularly interesting. I had the opportunity to speak with Kindred AI’s CEO, Marin Tchakarov earlier this month and jumped on the opportunity to discuss the details of this company’s offering and exciting journey. Marin, what capabilities do you believe differentiate your solution from others that I have seen on display at trade shows and […]

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Warehouse Automation Global Market Update: Steady as She Goes

The warehouse automation market the market didn’t grow as much in 2019 as I had expected, while 2020 is looking better than I had anticipated. Warehouse automation demand from most direct-to-consumer channels remained active, with some growing very rapidly. Furthermore, warehouse automation suppliers went into 2020 with a substantial backlog of orders to buffer any short-term decrease in demand for project business, but […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 22 – 28)

I woke up yesterday morning and brought the trash outside as usual, and something occurred for the first time in months – I felt cold. Not to mention that the morning dew had not burned off and the shadows from the trees covered much more ground than I recently noticed. Some people see the fall as relief from the oppressive temperatures of the summer. Not me. Years of positive experiences, fun summers off from school, […]

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The Forward-Thinking Warehouse: Unified Processes Drive Enhanced Performance

Direct-to-consumer (e-commerce) fulfillment is growing rapidly. At the same time, most companies also have large traditional retail or wholesale operations. There is a growing trend of combining these previously separate operations in a single warehouse to leverage facility assets and manage all of the flows from the same location. Furthermore, there is great opportunity to gain efficiencies from consolidating these flows from an operational process perspective. Doing so can significantly increase productivity through efficiency improvements that free up resources to engage in additional productive tasks. For example, workers on the floor can […]

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Performance During the Pandemic: A Warehouse and Logistics Update

In April I discussed the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chain and fulfillment, and provided a WMS market update in which I predicted a market downturn in 2020 to be followed by a rebound in 2021. During the process of developing my WMS market forecast, I made assumptions for each quarter of 2020. And indeed, I took into consideration the macroeconomic forecasts for an abysmal Q2 2020. On July 20th, the US […]

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