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Achieving and Sustaining Profitability in Grocery Retailing

This white paper is provided as a resource to summarize the key trends you are facing in grocery retailing, summarize the logistics issues, and outline solutions for success in achieving sustained profitability.

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A Comparison of Rack-Supported vs. Conventional Buildings

A Comparison of Rack-Supported vs. Conventional Buildings 

The decision to construct a new warehouse often includes endless hours devoted to site selection and the type of material handling equipment and technology to be used to support the new facility. 

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Applying Warehouse Management Technology Within A Manufacturing Environment

Applying Warehouse Management Technology Within A Manufacturing Environment 

Today's modern supply chain typically focuses the application of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) technology on the automation of the outbound finished goods process. Industry leaders, however, have realized significant returns by applying that same WMS technology to more efficiently and accurately manage the inbound flow of raw materials through the manufacturing process.

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Automated Cold Warehouse Technology

Automated Cold Warehouse Technology: 20 Ways to Save Money

With the a growing demand for cold chain logistics, the business case for automating temperature-controlled warehouses, either chilled or frozen, is stronger than ever.

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Automation Solutions for Seven Key Challenges in the Food & Beverage Industry

This white paper looks in detail at the trends and drivers facing F&B manufacturers and distributors, and how the latest automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and other automation cost-effectively address the challenges these trends pose.

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AMCAP

Automated Mixed Case Palletizing: A High Performance System Solution

Faster, but safer. More SKUs, but less space. Lower costs, but higher volumes. Greater throughput, but fewer errors. Better efficiency, but more flexibility. Let’s explore in detail some of the specific advantages of an AMCAP system.

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Automating the Last Mile in Manufacturing

Demand for labor tightens as the economy grows and the pool of available workers shrinks. Automation is an obvious answer; the question is, where and how?

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Can You Automate Down To A Single Pick?

Can You Automate Down To A Single Pick?

The benefits of automating your order fulfillment process down to each-pick level are many. Automation fills orders faster, eliminates touches, improves accuracy, and reduces labor costs. Consistency and order quality increase, and highly accurate, sophisticated tracking becomes feasible.

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Conserve Power: Be Green, Save Money

Conserve Power: Be Green, Save Money

Operators of distribution centers, warehouses, and production operations are learning that "green" initiatives are not only good for the environment, but "being green" can also mean saving money. Adding more pressure to this scenario is the prediction that energy costs will continue to rise in the future. Also, earth friendly initiatives can improve your company’s image with customers, stockholders, and the public.

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Create Operational Agility by Leveraging Distribution Science®

Omni-channel—as a concept, as a challenge, and as a way of being—has grown as ubiquitous as the barcode. There’s no turning back, and retailers who accept this fact and move forward with a cohesive distribution strategy that enables their channels to engage customers, whenever and however they want, will win—and win big.

Dematic Multishuttle 2

Dematic Multishuttle 2 An In-depth and Independent Review from a Supply Chain Consultant

This white paper provides an unbiased review of the Dematic Multishuttle 2 system which is an important goods to person material handling technology that is making strong inroads into split case and full case distribution centres.

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Deploying an Automated Warehouse

Deploying an Automated Warehouse 

Since the late 1960's, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) have yielded significant savings for their owners. . . when applied appropriately. Though not inexpensive, they never call in sick, hung over or late, they work 24 x 7 without complaint and never make mistakes.

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Designing Material Flow For Maximum Agility

Designing Material Flow For Maximum Agility

Several proven technologies exist to transport pallets or large containers horizontally through a facility. Each alternative brings specific advantages and constraints, so selecting the best fit for your application should be done with care.

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Determining Your Optimal Storage Density

Determining Your Optimal Storage Density 

This paper explores the typical storage technologies and configurations as well as provide general application advice for each. In addition, we provides the fundamental process to mathematically determine your optimal storage density based on the characteristics of your inventory and order mix.

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Developing an Effective Sortation System

Developing an Effective Sortation System 

Best practices in the Supply Chain can be elusive, dynamic and expensive. Those that involve the procurement of tangibles such as equipment, automation and software need to earn their keep and pay back to the owner by delivering shareholder value and/or improved customer service.

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Keys to a Successful Modernization

Developing a ROI Analysis for Supply Chain Projects

This paper explores the typical storage technologies and configurations as well as provide general application advice for each. In addition, we provides the fundamental process to mathematically determine your optimal storage density based on the characteristics of your inventory and order mix. 

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White Paper: Developing a Successful Ownership Strategy

Developing a Successful Ownership Strategy

Well before the system is accepted and in use, the owner/operator, with the guidance and talent of their integrator, has a responsibility to develop an Ownership Strategy – a detailed plan by which they will successfully take ownership of the technology and ensure continued satisfaction and utility from their investment.

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Five Maintenance KPIs You Should Be Tracking

When used properly, KPIs help you to track and use information to improve your maintenance system, to make it more effective and more efficient. Effective maintenance is maintenance that results in higher equipment reliability and lower operational risks.

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"Goods to Person" Order Fulfillment

Goods to Person Order Fulfillment

"Goods to person" means that the order picker stays in one place, and the system brings the "goods" or SKUs (stock keeping units) to the person. Significant benefits can be realized with the use of a "goods to person" system.

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AMCAP

The Great Grocery Retailing Fulfilment Challenge

The Grocery Retail sector is in the midst of considerable market change, with radical shifts in the way consumers, work, live, and shop. What are the forces influencing these new patterns of consumption, how is the cost to serve impacted, and what are the consequences for the retailers and their logistics processes?

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Guide to Mobile Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

Between giving faster response times by eliminating extra travel, and duplicate data entry, routing and dispatching assignments, today’s warehouse maintenance managers are seeing improved productivity, reduced costs, and reduced downtime with the implementation of mobile EAM (enterprise asset management) applications.

Improving Food Safety Through Automation

Improving Food Safety Through Automation (Executive Guide) 

Automation — with its integrated logistics, material handling, and warehousing systems — can both proactively and reactively address the critical issues of product safety and security.  

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Intelligent Investments

Whether you’re designing a greenfield site, or upgrading your current controls system at an existing site, distributors must decide what system they will use to drive their conveyable MHE. Most solutions fall into one of two camps: PC-based controls systems and PLC-based controls systems.

12 Factors Driving Food and Beverage Warehouse Automation

12 Factors Driving Food and Beverage Warehouse Automation

This white paper identifies 12 factors - from bio-mechanical injuries and harsh working environments to space utilisation and strategy for slow movers - which are driving the need to increase the use of automated systems.

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Is Your Warehouse Overwhelmed with the Influx of "Cats & Dogs"?!

Is Your Warehouse Overwhelmed with the Influx of "Cats & Dogs"?! 

America’s thirst for variety has translated into a multi-billion dollar business in the fastest growing craft beer, energy drink and flavored water categories. While retailers struggle to clear shelf space to house this ever growing population of beverage products, the impact of such SKU proliferation is most profoundly felt on the warehouse floors.

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Keys to a Successful Modernization

Keys to a Successful Modernization

Modernisation projects deliver value and measurable benefits to business processes. Learn how a system modernisation will deliver extraordinary business results for your organisation.

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Lean, Green Supply Chains

Lean, Green Supply Chains

In this era of lean and green supply chains, distribution experts focus on cost savings and sustainable behavior, respectively.

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Leverage Distribution Science

Leverage Distribution Science to Optimize Facility Design

Using an average of averages during the solution design lends itself to not having a complete understanding of how the entire facility works in unison and creates a large number of pain points after go-live. Learn how utilizing a scientific design approach creates an optimal solution for the facility. 

Mastering Slow Moving Inventory

Mastering Slow Moving Inventory

Developing a strategy for storing and picking slow moving inventory can have a big impact on productivity and pay big dividends through improved storage density and accessibility along with reduced travel time and overall cost.

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Minimizing Transportation Costs To Gain Competitive Advantage

Minimizing Transportation Costs To Gain Competitive Advantage 

Transportation costs continue to rise. At the same time, customers are demanding more, placing transportation at the crossroads of customer satisfaction. Managing the dynamics associated with high-volume, multi-modal shipping is now significant enough to be the difference between a winning and losing strategy.

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Next Generation Pick-to-Light

Pick and Put-to-Light (PTL) systems deliver a cost-effective and highly efficient method for improving throughput and accuracy by eliminating read errors and reducing walking time. These systems are well suited for a myriad of order profiles and combinations.

Omni-Channel Challenges for Food and Beverage

Omni-Channel Challenges for Food and Beverage

Current customer needs and expectations are causing major changes for material handling and logistic suppliers in the food and beverage distribution network. Systems must handle greater complexity and become more flexible and scalable to handle a variety of order sizes and the growing number of SKUs.

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One Size Does Not Fit All In Multi Channel Distribution

One Size Does Not Fit All In Multi Channel Distribution

An ever changing landscape continues to drive companies to evaluate their order fulfilment systems. The drive to reduce costs and improve profits causes many companies to look for ways to keep multiple operations in one building. This allows them to save on labour, energy, inventory and capital investments.

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Optimizing Sortation Throughput in High-Volume Distribution Centers

Optimizing Sortation Throughput in High-Volume Distribution Centers

Every distribution system can be divided into five basic functions which it needs to perform including receiving, product storage, picking for order fulfilment, sortation and shipping. Although each of these sectors have experienced improvements due to technical advances, sortation is where significant leaps in efficiency are now being made with the introduction of the Dematic FlexSort integrated sortation sub-system.

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Put Wall System

Put Wall System

The Put Wall System is based on an industrial engineering strategy that deconstructs and reconstructs orders to create an ultra efficient order fulfilment process. The process includes a 100% quality check by scanning each item at the Put Wall. Order processing is efficient since picking has critical mass volumes and order consolidation is typically integrated with the packing function.

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Simulation Modeling Optimizes Performance of the Factory, Warehouse, or Distribution Center

Simulation Modelling Optimises Performance of the Factory, Warehouse, or Distribution Center

Would you buy a car without a test drive; so why implement a new logistics system without testing it? With computer simulation modeling software you can do just that: test drive your factory, warehouse or distribution center operation before finalizing the system design.

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Slow Moving Inventory

Slow Moving Inventory - A Primary Bottleneck In DC’s With High SKU Count

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule, states that for many situations 80% of the effect comes from 20% of the cause. To some extent, this same principle holds true for most Distribution Centers (DC’s) wherein a large subset of slow moving inventory makes up a relatively small percent of total order volume.

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Sorting Out Sortation

Sorting Out Sortation

With increasing labour costs and supply chain pressures for faster and more accurate and responsive operations, automated sortation systems are finding their way into more and more supply chains, delivering productivity, throughput capacity, accuracy, and accountability for businesses, and a cost effective and efficient flow of goods to consumers.

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Success in an Omni-Channel World

It is easy to define omni-channel business success by desired outcomes: happy, loyal customers resulting in increased sales and profits. What is considerably more difficult is describing how to get there and making it happen.

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Supply Chain Transformation for Retailers & Wholesalers

Supply Chain Transformation for Retailers & Wholesalers

This white paper covers trends and influences on: distribution center optimization, inventory management, store shipments, supply chain extension, full-service pricing, operational excellence, transportation integration, and risks and regulations impacting the supply chain.

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The Changing Role of Maintenance in High-Speed Distribution Centers

The Changing Role of Maintenance in High-Speed Distribution Centers

Resident Maintenance Programs are Gaining Popularity as DCs Become More Automated. These programs have proven effective at increasing performance and extend the life of automated, high-performance DCs.

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The Importance of Integrated Computerised Maintenance Management

Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMSs) have become invaluable assets to maintenance departments everywhere. CMMSs are toolsets specifically designed and developed for maintenance departments to help maximize the productivity and reliability of your operation.

 

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Top 10 Trends Driving Order Fulfillment

Top 10 Trends Driving Order Fulfillment

What is driving the design of order fulfillment systems today? While an analysis of the activity profile (orders per day, daily unit volume, lines per order, etc.) points to the appropriate order fulfillment system design, there are other issues that will also have an influence on the process and system design. This whitepaper is an overview of the issues and trends impacting the order fulfillment process in the warehouse and distribution center today.

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Top 10 Trends Driving Automation in the Manufacturing Warehouse

Top 10 Trends Driving Automation in the Manufacturing Warehouse

Manufacturers need increased productivity and improved cost effectiveness to remain competitive. Consequently, managing inbound, WIP, and outbound finished product has become a key trend in the manufacturing market place. This white paper identifies 10 factors from lean manufacturing to rising fuel cost that are driving the need to increase the use of automated systems.

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The Temperature Controlled Warehouse:   Compare Automated versus Traditional

The Temperature Controlled Warehouse:  Compare Automated versus Traditional

The business case for automating the temperature controlled warehouse, either freezer or cooler, is stronger than ever. More food and beverage distribution operations are reconsidering their existing traditional warehouse designs. This white paper discusses the key benefits of using more automation.

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Voice Technology for Multiple Applications

Voice Technology for Multiple Applications

Many distribution centers (DCs) are looking to increase performance across their entire operations with Voice technology. Expanding Voice in the warehouse makes practical sense — the real-time information that the technology provides has benefits for every corner of a facility.

Warehouse Control System Five-Level Controls Model

Warehouse Control System Five-Level Controls Model

The five-level model is used to describe how a Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Control System (WCS) and the Material Handling Equipment (MHE) for an automated material handling system are architected, from a controls perspective.

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Warehouse Execution Software

Warehouse Execution Software: Doing More with Less

In a recent article in Modern Materials Handling, Associate Editor Josh Bond observes that recent growth in manufacturing is “largely due to a focus on doing more with less — optimizing existing facilities instead of new building.” In the same article, Director of Research for Peerless Research Group, Judd Aschenbrand, notes, “Technology is expected to become even more critical in the upcoming years as a growing percentage of operations plan to automate inventory control and handling, distribution processes and labor management. In warehouses and DCs, continuous improvement, workload planning and lean processes are key initiatives going forward.”

WMS vs. WCS In Supply Chain Control

WMS vs. WCS In Supply Chain Control

Warehouse Control System (WCS) evolved from the industry’s need for a new breed of bolt-on WMS software functions for the management of real-time communication and the integrated control for many types of automated equipment.

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Zuellig Pharma

“The extremely high level of accuracy provided by the Dematic order fulfilment system has allowed us to greatly improve our overall distribution operations and customer service levels.”

Chief Operating Officer
Zuellig Pharma

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