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Ascena Retail Is a Study in Order Fulfillment Efficiency

Are you impressed by operational efficiencies? I am. And I consider a warehouse that operates at an e-commerce processing cost per unit (CPU) of under one dollar ($1.00) and a store replenishment cost per unit of under ten cents ($0.10) very impressive. Ascena Retail Group is a leading national specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes and accessories for women. Ascena may not be a household name, but the company’s brands certainly are. Ascena owns Dress Barn, […]

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MODEX 2016: What’s Hot…What’s Not

I sit tonight, Tuesday, April 5th, writing about MODEX from a public hotel computer. I will fully disclose that I am using a public computer because I spilled coffee on my laptop earlier today. I feel as if I have been accepted into the fraternity of office fools… For those of you unfamiliar with MODEX, it is the sister show to Promat, also hosted by MHI, and similarly focused on material handing and warehouse automation. A full […]

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The Future of Distribution and Fulfillment – What We Know, and What We Will Find Out

ARC Advisory Group, in partnership with DC Velocity magazine, has just launched an online survey of logistics practitioners to evaluate the future direction of today’s distribution facilities, technologies, and practices. The survey is designed to obtain a multi-faceted overview of the changing demands placed on fulfillment operations and how practitioners are responding by adjusting processes, investing in technology, reconfiguring DC layouts, and expanding networks. We encourage qualified practitioners to take the survey, and we will […]

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Autonomous Mobile Robotics in the Warehouse TODAY?

Last year, ARC Advisory Group published its first formalized research study on the global warehouse automation & control market. The publication was well-received by market participants. Due to the high level of demand, ARC has decided to update the study this year. I came into the office on January 4th with this market study update in mind, thinking to myself “what will I find to be the areas of greatest change over the last year?” […]

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Modern Warehousing Capabilities Mirror the Goals of Industrial Internet of Things

The warehouse is on the trajectory to implement many of the capabilities sought in the vision of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). eCommerce is has been a driver in this sector as companies such as Amazon, Walgreens, and LL Bean are seeking out solutions that are robust, high speed, and have little labor content.

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The Evolution of WMS Customer Requirements

Last month I posted a Logistics Viewpoints article on the evolution and growth of the WMS market. Today I am going to take a slightly different perspective and discuss the evolution of WMS customer requirements – how are WMS customers’ requirements different now than they were in the past, and what factors are driving these changing needs? A Holistic Perspective The WMS market is a mature enterprise software market. The growth rate of WMS sales […]

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Global Warehouse Investment Driven by Secular Trends

Earlier this month, I published a Logistics Viewpoints article discussing the prevalent factors affecting the global WMS market. I mentioned that the research process leading to the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study includes interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies. However, the interviews are only one part of the data gathering process. We also utilize trends from our many years conducting this research and complementary ARC research such as our Warehouse […]

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Optimizing Today’s Automated Warehouse

Warehouse Automation to Optimization Warehouse automation vendors are placing increased emphasis on the ability of their software solutions to take warehouse performance to the next level. For example, the term warehouse execution system (WES) is being used to describe the next generation, more advanced warehouse control systems (WCS) that coordinate disparate warehouse systems while also dynamically routing work based on priorities and availability. Intelligrated’s WCSPlus is an example of such a solution. It uses a points-based […]

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ProMat 2015: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

There is more than one way to skin a cat.  And the fat cat at ProMat is the high-volume of small, multi-line item orders being fulfilled by today’s distribution operations. ProMat 2015 has 808 exhibitors (and 35,000 attendees), so It’s difficult to boil down such a large and diverse set of offerings to one concept, but the changing fulfillment requirements driven by e-commerce is the closest thing to it. The warehouse automation and software vendors at […]

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“Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” Invested in Warehouse Automation

I wish that I had access to investing in warehouse automation companies. I wish they were publicly traded. Then I could’ve made some hefty gains on those investments. I think many private equity executives, aware of what they missed, are thinking, “Ah, I should’ve invested in X or Y warehouse automation company when I had the chance.” And I’ll just about guarantee that some distribution operations executives must have used “would’ve, could’ve and should’ve” in […]

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