Archive for Warehousing

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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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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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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The Warehouse Labor Gap is Unsustainable

US warehousing and storage industry (3PL) employment grew from 779 million in January 2015 to 1.2 billion in December 2018, a CAGR of 11% from 2015 through 2018. At the same time, US unemployment is at historic lows. This suggests that the warehousing and storage industry must hire workers from other industries. Stories about individual warehouses paints a picture of high demand for labor, low availability, and high turnover rates. Something has to “give”.

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Robots with Swarm Intelligence

Robots with swarm intelligence. Austrian headquartered Agilox designs and manufactures mobile logistics robots that use “swarm intelligence” to intelligently navigate through warehouses and factories, delivering pallets and totes where they are needed. This article discusses this technology.

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A Warehouse Labor Shortage? Robots to the Rescue

There is a looming warehouse labor shortage.  Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.

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Robotic Piece-Picking Coming to a Warehouse Near You

An interview with RightHand Robotics’ Co-Founder, Leif Jentoft This year’s Promat trade show included many interesting warehouse technologies. I found RightHand Robotics (RHR) RightPick solution to be one of the premier exhibits. RHR had its own booth exhibiting its piece picking solution. But perhaps most impressive was the fact that three RHR partners also chose to exhibit RightPick integrated into automated fulfillment processes such as goods-to-picking tending, sorter induction, and automated packaging. While at the […]

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ProMat 2017- A Balance of Practical and Technical Innovations

Last week’s ProMat trade show in Chicago exhibited many more interesting warehouse technologies than I could possibly view in one day. Thankfully, I was able to touch upon most, but not all, of my “must see technologies.” My high-level take away is that the show exhibited everything from the next high-profile, technical innovations to those that deliver less of a “gee wiz” emotional response, but also are likely to deliver a quicker payback to those companies […]

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Warehouse Automation & Control System Growth Drivers

ARC Advisory Group conducts an in-depth analysis of the global warehouse automation and control (WAC) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous warehouse automation companies. The process concludes with the publication of ARC’s global Warehouse Automation & Control Market Research Study, which analyzes the market shares across numerous segments of the market, defined by criteria such as geographic region, end-user industry, load-size, and more. […]

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3 Ways to Measure the ROI on a Pop-up Distribution Center

Holiday peak season. New product launches.  Flash sales. Does the mere mention of these make you anxious? In a supply chain, the balancing act of supply and demand can be tricky and at times costly. Forecasting, previously accepted as an art, now demands near science in order to succeed in today’s dynamic retail environment. However, your supply chain can only prepare for and react to the volumes based on the resources readily available within a […]

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