Archive for WCS

Maximizing Man and Machine In The Modern Warehouse

The impact of digital transformation and connected commerce are resounding across industries. Forward-thinking companies around the world are challenging themselves to serve more customers, more quickly, more directly and more personally. In other words, omnichannel distribution projects aren’t just for retailers anymore, and warehouse technologies need to keep up. Supply chain leaders have noted the benefits other businesses have gained and are taking action. It’s no longer acceptable to operate channels with segregated warehouse space, […]

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Manhattan Associate’s Warehouse Management Solution Changes the Rules of Automation

Manhattan Associates made significant enhancements to their warehouse solution. They have changed the rules of automation, employed significant forms of optimization not currently used in warehouse management systems (WMS), and greatly improved the ability to fulfill e-commerce orders.

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Warehouse Automation Global Market Update

ARC Advisory Group released its updated Warehouse Automation & Control (WAC) market study last week. This research is an evaluation of the market with detailed analysis of the 2017 base year and a five-year forecast through 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to communicate some of the prominent themes I observed during the research process. 2017 – A Stellar Year The market’s growth in 2017 was substantially greater than I had expected. In fact, I […]

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WMS and Warehouse Automation & Control: Complementary… and Increasingly Competitive Solutions?

Warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse automation systems have long been complementary technologies with adjacent and sometimes overlapping functionality sets. The relative importance of the systems to an operation depends on the activities and throughput profile of the given warehouse. Public discussions about the convergence of WMS and warehouse control systems (WCS) into what has been termed a warehouse execution system (WES) is more recent, but also not new.  However, insights from my concurrent research […]

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Controlling Robots, Easier Said than Done

The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.

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Retailer Takes New Approach to Optimizing Direct-to-Consumer Warehouse Operations

A few months ago, I talked to a specialty retailer that operates both stores and a direct-to-consumer channel. Five years ago the company decided to bring its direct-to-consumer operation in-house and it built a 500,000 square foot distribution center (DC). The retailer implemented VARGO’s COFE warehouse control system (WCS) to increase warehouse efficiencies at this DC and to help decrease its overall cost of the project. COFE (Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise) was designed with an […]

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Why Architecture Matters in a Warehouse Management Solution

When it comes to IT architecture, you might hear acronyms like SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) or BPM (Business Process Management).  But I’ve often believed the most applicable acronym was MEGO – My Eyes Glaze Over!  However, if you are contemplating buying a Warehouse Management System (WMS), the sad truth is that architecture does matter.  So, here’s my (perhaps ambitious) attempt to tell you why it matters and what to look for, without causing your eyes […]

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