Archive for Warehousing

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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ARC’s Supply Chain Predictions for 2015: Hits and Misses

At the beginning of the year the ARC supply chain team made supply chain predictions for 2015. This article circles back and reports on how we did. Very often any predictions you can make for a one year period are not about a brand new thing that will occur, the prediction is really part of a larger megatrend that has not only been going on for some time but will also continue for many years […]

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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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“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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Hiring Effective Temp Workers for the Warehouse

I heard an interesting speech by the director of logistics at a consumer goods company at the S&OP Innovation Summit. Like many companies, this company has highly-seasonal demand. To meet this demand at the warehouse, the company relies extensively on temporary workers. This is a story of how this warehouse went from a highly ineffective process for sourcing temporary labor to a highly-productive process. Before the company improved its hiring process, it had turnover of […]

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A Revolution is Coming to the Spare Parts Warehouse

Inventory management is very difficult in a spare parts warehouse. For example, if you are a car or truck manufacturer, your warehouse network needs to carry spare parts for a vehicle you might have stopped making decades ago. Further, your network of dealers and repair shops don’t want to wait for spare parts; industry standard is to provide them with next day delivery of requested parts. What this means is that a spare parts warehouse […]

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Kiva Systems Acquired at a Very Steep Price!

Amazon.com’s acquisition of Kiva Systems keeps coming up in my conversations with industry peers and colleagues. Kiva is a provider of advanced robotic material handling systems — or looked at in an alternative way, the company brought to market much more intelligent Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) than we had seen before. Adrian wrote about the acquisition shortly after it occurred. Now I’d like to add my two cents. Back in 2009, I wrote a Strategic […]

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