Archive for Warehousing

Manhattan Associates WMS Goes Cloud-Native

Manhattan Associated unveiled its latest WMS, Manhattan Active Warehouse Management. The WMS incorporates a broad range of enhancements including the new cloud-native architecture, redesigned user experience, and a list of productivity enhancements that enable holistic management, optimization, and execution. The unified planning and optimization capabilities enable simultaneous planning for inventory, orders, labor, automation, and transportation elements.

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Blue Yonder WMS: Vision, Enhancements, and Adoption

Blue Yonder’s WMS track in its virtual user conference featured content on WMS enhancements, vision, and customer adoption. While architectural advancements were the engine of change, Frictionless SaaS, Luminate Warehouse Tasking, and Blue Yonder Robotics Hub were key initiatives within the WMS agenda.

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WMS Market Update – Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

ARC develops an annual market study on the global WMS market. Incorporating the business impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the “Great Lockdown” into this year’s WMS market forecast increases the complexity and elevates the uncertainty of the forecasting process. In my opinion, the warehouse management systems (WMS) industry is likely to remain relatively stable during these uncertain economic times.

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HighJump is Rebranding as Körber Supply Chain

HighJump announced it is Rebranding as Körber Supply Chain. HighJump formally announced its rebranding and its robotics business and strategic partnerships at Elevate, the company’s user conference, hosted in Orlando, Florida. Fetch Robotics, Locus Robotics, and RightHand Robotics were featured in a panel on the rise of warehouse robotics.

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The Greater Boston Warehouse Robotics Cluster

Boston in known as The Hub – but it has really become the hub of warehouse robotics in the United States. MassRobotics and Humatics hosted The 2020 Logistics and Warehousing Executive Briefing. Insights and valuable perspectives were shared by robotics users such as FedEx, the regions robotics innovators, and providers of complementary technologies and services.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: The Retailer Survival Kit

Returnless refunds is only one of many ways in which Amazon is taking e-commerce fulfillment and customer service to the next level. To remain competitive, robust fuflillment capabilities are a necessity, and resposiveness and other customer service capabilities are a valuable diferentiator in today’s intensely competitive retail environment.

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The Innovator’s Dilemma in Today’s AS/RS Market

The innovator’s dilemma is at play in the bin/tote segment of the AS/RS market – today’s proven solutions face the future prospects of fierce competition from a new set of technologies with a promising future.

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The Micro-Fulfillment Center Automation Race

Micro-fulfillment center automation is poised for rapid growth. Customer proximity, throughput, responsiveness, and space utilization are critical factors for success. Innovative companies are addressing the micro-fulfillment challenge with cutting-edge technology and process innovations. Front and center is a number of automation technologies that can be categorized as a hybrid of shuttle system and robotic technologies.

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Warehousing and Taxation: The Wayfair Decision

The US Supreme Court Wayfair tax decision is likely to have second-hand effects on warehouse investments. We will see more facilities opened in states with a sales tax, as the tax benefits of remaining out of state have diminished, while fulfillment responsiveness becomes increasingly more important in today’s direct-to-consumer market.

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Amazon’s Fall River Fulfillment Center Tour

As I conduct research on the global warehouse automation market, I hear statements such as “warehouse automation demand from Amazon and other e-commerce behemoths is draining automation providers of available resources and capacity.” Furthermore, Amazon purchased Kiva to capture essentially all of Kiva’s output capacity for its own use. So when I signed up for a tour of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Fall River, MA, I expected to witness large amounts of advanced automation. This […]

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