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Jan 17 19

Why Productivity Is the Final Frontier of Competitive Advantage

Tom Rentschler 19. Jan 2017

Productivity Blog

Whether you’re a nation or a company, improving productivity may be the single most important differentiator and source of true competitive advantage in our global economy. And unless you’re a professional economist, you’re probably not focused on this all-important measure.

Dec 16 22

Serialization in the pharmaceutical industry: challenge and opportunity

Martina Suter 22. Dec 2016


The pharmaceutical industry is on the right track. It continuously combats counterfeit drugs and theft by protecting them through serialization. But the assignment and control of serial numbers across the entire supply chain of finished products is difficult, especially in logistics and IT. Serialization does, however, have profitable side effects.

Dec 16 19

How Automation Will Revolutionize 3PLs and Other Predictions for the Year in e-Commerce Fulfillment

Tom Rentschler 19. Dec 2016

CarryPick Mobile Racks

Tom Rentschler says 2017 could be the year that the 3PL business model is revolutionized by scalable, mobile new forms of automation. These flexible new approaches to automation support different sizes and weights of products, provide the ability to add racks quickly as storage volume increases and enable equipment to be easily moved from one warehouse to another. See all of our predictions for the year in e-commerce fulfillment.

Nov 16 22

Mobile Robots Create New Opportunities for Scaling e-Commerce Fulfillment

Jeff Ross, Vice President, Consulting, Americas Mason, OH Office 22. Nov 2016

CarryPick Storage System

Until now, rapidly growing, early-stage e-commerce companies had only two choices for handling order fulfillment. Either outsource this critical function to a third party or make heavy capital investments in warehouse automation. But with Swisslog’s CarryPick technology, even the most inexpensive, low ceiling height real estate can be transformed into a scalable, flexible fulfillment operation with goods-to-person picking.

Oct 16 24

Making the Move to Material Handling Automation: Five Lessons for First Timers

Todd Radwell 24. Oct 2016

Swisslog Installation at Radwell

Todd Radwell, Senior VP of Operations and Engineering for Radwell International gives his insights for those considering a move to automation.

Oct 16 21

Ship-from-store: Opportunity or obstacle?

Roland Martin 21. Oct 2016


Should physical retailers utilise their store network as mini distribution centres as they seek to compete with the success of e-commerce players? To help you form your own opinion, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the ship-from-store technique, which has become a popular method with Australian retailers.

Oct 16 03

Supporting Rapid Growth in e-Commerce: The Thrive Market Story

Tom Rentschler 03. Oct 2016

Thrive Market

Tom Rentschler, Head of Marketing WDS Americas discusses how Swisslog helped Thrive Market increase productivity by 20 percent.

Sep 16 26

The Hidden Cost of Doing Nothing: Understand the Full Impact on Your DC

Heinz Ennen 26. Sep 2016


Companies carefully evaluate the often substantial costs associated with modernizing or optimizing an existing distribution center or building a new one. Yet they seldom scrutinize the real cost of the alternative – doing nothing.

Sep 16 20

Industry 4.0: There’s a Digital Revolution Headed for Your Warehouse. Are You Ready?

A.K. Schultz 20. Sep 2016


Considering the advances in automated material handling technology that have occurred in recent years, it’s a little surprising to learn that eight of 10 warehouses are still manually operated. But, with the fourth industrial revolution upon us — what is being called Industry 4.0 — that is changing.

Aug 16 31

Pure e-commerce players are facing the truth

Roland Martin 31. Aug 2016


Roland Martin discusses how consumer habits are quashing the e-commerce market.

Aug 16 10

Robot, or Not?

James Sharples 10. Aug 2016


James Sharples, Managing Director of Swisslog UK, examines the future of robotics in intralogistics.

Jul 16 12

The droids shoppers are looking for

James Sharples 12. Jul 2016

White Paper

Movies have inspired many things in the real world, says Swisslog UK’s James Sharples, but building an army of semi-autonomous robots to help the home shopper is yet to make it to the big screen! Still, there are some comparisons out there for the movie-minded, in particular with a story from a galaxy far, far away…

Jun 16 24

Big Data’s Big Daddy

Pascal Fempel 24. Jun 2016


Industry 4.0 is a recent term now very much embedded in industry-speak, but with it's own distinctive heritage. Pascal Fempel, Head of Software at Swisslog WDS Central Europe, considers it's recent rise to prominence and what makes devotees different from the data champions of recent years.

Jun 16 07

Power Up: Finding The Right Type of AS/RS For Your Pallet Needs

Markus Schmidt 07. Jun 2016


Markus Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Swisslog WDS Americas discusses how to determine the right AS/RS for your pallet needs.

May 16 10

Our New Robot Partners

Michiel Veenman 10. May 2016


Michiel Veenman, Director Solution Management Pharmaceutical Industry at Swisslog WDS considers how automation will improve validation.

Best Vendor Blog 2017

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