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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.

Apr 16 08

What shoppers really want – a view from the future

David Jefferys 08. Apr 2016


An informal attempt at a little market research – basically asking friends and colleagues about their shopping habits – revealed few surprises at Swisslog. By David Jeffreys, Global Market Leader E-Commerce at Swisslog WDS.

Mar 16 31

Innovation at Swisslog: Machines are the solution, and the cause of, ever-faster change

Tony Buckley 31. Mar 2016

Exhibit Swisslog Exhibitions

In many developed countries, our working hours are getting longer and our sense of time pressures are increasing, but (surprise!) our productivity levels are largely unchanged, says Tony Buckley, Head of Technology Center at Swisslog WDS. “Luckily, the Swiss know a thing or two about productivity,” adds Tony, “having held the top spot for the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index for five years in a row.” Read his blog post about solving our ‘Innovation Paradox’…

Feb 16 26

Once a picker – always a picker

Brian Whale 26. Feb 2016

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Today the task of order picking in a warehouse is a stressful one; time is of the essence to satisfy a customer’s requirement, accuracy is paramount for the retailer, and finishing that last pick of the day on time is important to the picker, as Manchester United are live on the TV tonight and they “gotta get outa there” on time!

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