Archive for WMS

Logistics Technology Industry Research – The Key to Informed Investing

My colleagues and I often mention our current research projects in our blog posts, and proceed to note some of the findings or even just some of the considerations at hand. In a recent post, I mentioned “Analysts at ARC Advisory Group receive periodic inquiries from potential investors such as private equity firms and venture capitalists looking to get a better feel for a technology market.” It occurred to me that many Logistics Viewpoints readers […]

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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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Robots, Robots, and More Robots

When Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012, interest in robots for the warehouse soared. Since then, there have been several entrants to the market. Recently, two new interesting solutions emerged.

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Prepare for the Seasonal Surge in the Distribution Center Now!

It may seem strange to write about preparing for the Holiday surge in the Distribution Center so early in the year. But the e-commerce surge can increase order volume by a factor of five or more for some retailers. To prepare for those kinds of volumes, you really need to start now!

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Business Intelligence in 3PL: Mining the Value of Data

In today’s business world, “information” is a renewable resource and virtually a product in itself. Business intelligence technology enables businesses to capture historical, current and predictive views of their operations, incorporating such functions as reporting, real-time analytics, data and process mining, performance management, predictive analytics, and more. Thus, information in its various forms and locations possesses genuine inherent value. In the real world of warehousing, the availability of detailed, up-to-the minute information on virtually every […]

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Mexico – The Land of Sunshine, Tequila, and.…Automated Warehouses?

During my discussions with warehouse automation suppliers and WMS suppliers, Mexico was frequently noted as a strong spot within an otherwise weak Latin America region. Warehouse automation vendors didn’t really point to an overarching factor driving sales to companies in Mexico. But WMS suppliers informed ARC that the WMS selling environment in Mexico remains favorable due to increased nearshoring efforts by US companies. Multinationals care more than ever about agility in their supply chain, as China’s costs increase, Mexico’s proximity is becoming more appealing. I dug further into macroeconomic reports to see if there were additional insights to be obtained. I came across the Department of Commerce 2016 Top Markets Report on the Cold Chain in Mexico. This report states that Mexico’s supermarkets have been growing at a rapid pace.

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SingPost – A Smart Transformation to E-Commerce Logistics Solutions

Two decades ago, I didn’t know postal operators in foreign countries unless I had a pen pal in the region. The role and range of services offered by postal companies have changed considerably since the advent of e-mail, the internet, and most importantly, the exponential growth of e-commerce. Singapore Post (SingPost) is one such domestic provider that has been in the press for its increasing presence in today’s digital economy. In 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant […]

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Distribution Center 3.0 – Thriving During Peaks and Beyond

Today’s digital culture has put tremendous pressure on distribution centers (DC) and warehouses, forcing them to drastically increase their pace of fulfillment to meet growing consumer expectations. This 24/7 ecommerce-driven industry transformation is causing greater peaks in demand that stretch equipment and people like never before. The impact of these peaks can have a domino effect through the supply chain – from DCs, to suppliers, to manufacturers and everyone in between. With these changes, many […]

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Measuring the Changing Technology Requirements in Today’s Warehouse

Earlier this month I wrote an article about the changing warehouse order profile. That article presented data and discussed findings from ARC Advisory Group’s warehouse practitioner survey conducted in partnership with DC Velocity earlier this year. The overarching theme of the findings is that the ongoing transformation in the fulfillment environment is quickly shifting order profiles and warehouse operations. Adaptability and responsiveness are becoming more important and direct-to-consumer fulfillment is expected to increase extensively, as is the […]

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Is Oracle’s Acquisition of Logfire a Cloud-WMS Inflection Point?

Oracle recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Logfire, a Cloud WMS provider. Last year I explained that Cloud WMS deployments still remain limited compared to Cloud adoption of other supply chain software (I am using the term “Cloud” to represent single instance, multi-tenant solutions). And with good reason. WMS is a real-time application that requires quick response times to function properly. In addition, a WMS solution supports processes often confined to a single facility. […]

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