Archive for WMS

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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The Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Resurgence Continues

ARC Advisory Group has been conducting an annual analysis of the warehouse management systems (WMS) market for the last 20 years. The process involves an analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies; and concludes with the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study. ARC’s long-term history of market analysis and data trends provide valuable context for analyzing the current state and producing our five-year forecasts for […]

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Android OS at a Warehouse Near You?

Mobile computing and RF guns have been an essential tool in real-time warehouses for years. They’re certainly nothing new. However, ARC’s research into the WMS market shows that mobile apps are receiving substantial R&D dollars from a number of WMS vendors. There is widespread development of new mobile warehousing applications designed for Android operating systems for use on cost-effective, consumer-like hardware. These applications are also being developed by third-party consultants, and large WMS end-users to cost-effectively scale their warehouse operations […]

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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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Ten Years of Logistics Technology Trends

Last week I read the Logistics Viewpoints guest post by Chainalytics discussing the pitfalls of decision-marking biases. Although the Chainalytics article focuses on supply chain decision making, these biases can apply to business forecasting as well. Reading this article made me interested in my own potential decision-making biases. I chose to take time on Friday to review some of the research I have conducted during my ten years as an analyst at ARC Advisory Group. […]

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