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Using Automation to Manage Growth in E-Commerce Fulfillment

One of the biggest challenges e-commerce companies face is managing growth, both sustained and seasonal. Proper planning, combined with the use of intelligent, modular robotics, allows e-commerce warehouses to efficiently respond to changing demand while minimizing the risks associated with the current labor market. 

In this new white paper, you'll learn:

  • How to use flexible robotic solutions to support rapid growth
  • How to use to use robots to meet peak seasonal demands
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Flexible Robotics: A Pillar of the Future-Ready Warehouse

September 2018 - Advances in sensing, vision, gripping and navigation technology have opened new applications for robotics in the warehouse. Today’s robotic warehouse systems offer the speed and productivity of traditional automation with lower costs and greater flexibility.

In this new white paper, you’ll learn:

  • Why flexible robotics is an important pillar for future-ready warehouses

  • How today’s new generation of warehouse robotics delivers on the blend of order picking efficiency and operational flexibility that fulfillment centers need to outperform competitors  

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The Future-Ready Warehouse: Three keys to improving performance while maintaining future flexibility

July 2018 - The impact of e-commerce and consumer expectation for greater choice and faster delivery continues to push the evolution of the warehouse. This current phase of evolution is being led by intelligent automation that focuses on flexible and scalable technologies that deliver performance benefits.

In this new white paper you'll learn:

  • The next phase in the evolution of the warehouse 
  • Three characteristics of warehouse systems capable of adapting to whatever the future brings
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The Future of Production Intralogistics: The final frontier for manufacturing optimization

May 2018 - The production intralogistics process is highly inefficient. The processes for receiving, storing and transporting materials and parts to and from various stages of manufacturing still use the same legacy systems that have been in place for decades.

This is unacceptable in today’s hypercompetitive, dynamic markets.

In this new paper, you'll learn about:

  • Intelligent material management software and flexible automation technologies available today
  • How to optimize inventory levels, productivity and production capacity with positive inventory control
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The Kaizen Paradox: How incremental improvements can impede innovation

May 2018 - Many businesses assume they need to “start small” when it comes to warehouse automation. Unfortunately, by focusing exclusively on small improvements, you may miss opportunities to gain competitive advantage in costs and customer service. If interim investments are not part of a planned larger final system, they could be a false start.  

In this new white paper, you’ll learn:

  • Why small incremental improvements (Kaizen) are sometimes not enough, and often slow down innovation
  • Why radical change and a major step forward (Kaikaku) might be needed
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Future Perspectives: Planning for the warehouse of the future

April 2018 - From demographic shifts and increasing urbanization to drones and 3D printing, social and technology changes are putting pressure on supply chain managers to move goods closer to consumers and develop warehouses with the flexibility and speed to support local, faster delivery through multiple channels.

In this new white paper, you'll learn:

  • Trends that are putting pressure on the warehouse
  • A vision for how emerging automation solutions will help you meet the demands of the future
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E-Book: How Industry 4.0 design principles are shaping the future of intralogistics

February 2018  We are now entering the fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is changing how we interact with machines and how those machines interact with each other. This will have a significant impact on the warehouse.

To help you prepare for this future, our new e-Book takes a look at the six core design principles you need to integrate into your operations to build and effectively utilize Industry 4.0 capabilities:

  •  Interoperability
  •  Modularity
  • Real-time capabilities
  • Decentralization
  • Virtualization
  • Service orientation
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Hyper-local distribution: How repurposed retail space can enable a hybrid approach to e-commerce fulfillment

November 2017 – A hyper-local distribution strategy can help traditional U.S. retailers keep pace with growing consumer demand for greater selection and faster delivery. Repurposing existing or closed retail space as hybrid retail/ distribution hubs streamlines fulfillment and gives consumers more control over the delivery or pickup of their orders. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • How a hybrid distribution network can enable multiple buying experiences for shoppers
  • Automation solutions that transform these existing facilities to better handle fulfillment
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Optimizing efficiency in deep storage of palletized loads

October 2017 – New approaches to warehouse storage are helping companies in a variety of industries manage inventory in less space and at lower costs. Carrier-based robotic systems combine high density with high throughput to deliver an attractive solution that can meet the increasing storage demands of today’s warehouse.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog you’ll learn:

  • The best applications for carrier-based storage systems
  • The benefits you should expect from a carrier-based system
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Moving serialization forward: Using automated processes to connect pharmaceutical manufacturing with the supply chain

October 2017 – Automation can streamline serialization management as raw materials move through production and from production to distribution.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn:

  • Key WMS capabilities that improve serialization management
  • How pharma manufacturers are using automated order picking, pallet systems and shuttle systems to mitigate risk 
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Goods-to-Person solutions: Solving the challenges of small-order fulfillment

April 2017 – Find out how goods-to-person solutions can set new standards in your e-commerce order fulfillment facility. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • Five goods-to-person technologies set to be game-changers in e-commerce distribution
  • How to conquer the challenges of small order fulfillment
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Energy efficiency in automated distribution facilities

March 2017 – Warehouse automation is driving incredible improvements in productivity and accuracy. But how can you ensure it doesn’t drive up energy consumption too.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • The latest developments in energy management and automation technology to help optimize efficiency
  • New solutions for monitoring and reducing warehouse energy consumption
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Back to the future in beverage distribution

December 2016 – Discover how automation can be used in beverage distribution without your operation becoming overly complex and inflexible

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • How focusing automation on slow-moving products increases flexibility and efficiency  
  • Delivering pick rates comparable to a fully automated operation at a fraction of the cost
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Do the math: Using modeling to optimize distribution center automation

October 2016 – How much automation is enough? An over engineered system increases complexity, but under engineer the system and you could stifle future growth. So how do you find your sweet spot?  

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • How to use mathematical modeling to tailor an automation strategy to your business
  • Modeling SKU velocity, order activity and other variables to ensure your automation system is optimized for cost, throughput and flexibility
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The hidden cost of doing nothing

August 2016 – Costs associated with optimizing distribution centers are often carefully evaluated, but the alternative is rarely scrutinized. What is the cost of doing nothing?

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • The full impact doing nothing has on a distribution center
  • The real expenses and opportunity costs of doing nothing
  • How to factor this into decisions on capital investment for distribution
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Returns: The dark side of e-commerce

June 2016 – Return handling costs are a global issue. Even where labor is cheap, returns can mean double logistics costs (shipping and reverse logistics), no turnover and disappointed customers.  

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • How efficient return solutions can enable a smooth experience for consumers
  • Accelerated availability of returned goods
  • Lower logistics personnel costs and higher storage density     
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Solving the skills gap at warehouse distribution centers

April 2016 – Keeping up with rapid changes in new technology and growth in operations makes it difficult to quickly hire the right employees with the right skills. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • Third-party-employers and how they reduce human resources liabilities 
  • Effective methods for bridging the skills gap at warehouse distribution centers  
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Five ways to optimize your DC for e-commerce fulfillment

February 2016 – Learn about the five key tactics we recommend to optimize your DC for ever-growing numbers of SKUs in e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:  

  • Relocating high-velocity SKUs to avoid congestion and reconfiguring pick methods to accommodate new SKUs
  • Managing split cases with warehouse execution software (WES) and adding “early out” capability to ship completed orders faster 
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Designing distribution centers for profitability

December 2015 – Understanding the financial impact of SKUs is vital for any company. Decide which SKUs go into your distribution center based on how they contribute to the bottom line. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • The four key questions to ask to discover the financial impact of new SKUs
  • How to ensure new SKUs are strategic, profitable and why you should carry them
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Extending the life and productivity of your distribution center

October 2015 – Existing distribution centers often face complex challenges, but looking closely at the operation helps you understand all underlying issues before considering an overhaul. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • How to improve productivity and handle growth in your existing facility without a complete overhaul
  • The importance of analyzing data and how to address often interrelated common issues 
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Pick or sort for retail fulfillment

September 2015 – Pick or sort? It may seem like a simple decision, but in reality, you need to take multiple factors into consideration when choosing a strategy to meet rapidly expanding retail fulfillment needs.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • The range of factors playing a major role in retail fulfillment and how they affect operations
  • The difference between pick and put strategies and how to determine which works best for your needs
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