Since the late 1960’s, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) have yielded significant savings for their owners. . . when applied appropriately. In general, ASRS involves the use of 3-axis, floor running automated Storage & Retrieval Machines (SRMs) to put away and extract materials from a stationary rack system, instead of human-based alternatives such as fork trucks. Though not inexpensive, they never call in sick, hung over or late, they work 24 x 7 without complaint and never make mistakes. If you are considering automating your facility, the following roadmap will help you decide if ASRS is right for you and if so, how to proceed effectively.

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Rising costs, increased complexity, and growing customer demands are all intrinsically linked challenges that manufacturers and distributors face. As globally expanding supply chains put operational and cost pressures on companies, so do expanding omni-channel markets that are forcing manufacturers and distributors to not only change how they sell to customers, but to even redefine who their customers are. Customers are exerting further pressure with demands for customization and personalization of products. And with global expansion, comes the challenge of maintaining visibility into inventory, shipping, and tracking—often across borders, continents, and oceans. Naturally, this all makes for much more complex warehouse operations.

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Business mobility is critical to the success of your company. More and more of your workers depend on mobile devices and apps to do their jobs. But the scale and complexity of your mobility deployment is making security and management more challenging than ever. A challenge that is only going to increase as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off. How do you get the right devices into the hands of the right workers and keep them up and running at peak efficiency? How do you simplify app development and deployment while integrating with critical backend systems?

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Markets are becoming increasingly dynamic, while expectations in production, warehouse, and transport logistics are growing. Flexibility and speed in warehouse management are becoming decisive factors in a company’s competitive edge. But what should managers go for – an integrated solution as part of an ERP package or an external warehouse management system (WMS)?

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Digitalization gives rise to new business models, in which real-time connectivity, greater visibility, reactivity, and anticipation become the underlying characteristics of our supply chains. But this kind of change isn’t easy, and transformation doesn’t happen overnight. While many businesses have adopted technology to augment or enhance existing processes, they’ve still got a long journey ahead. By taking a staged approach to digital transformation, and building greater connectivity across the supply chain, businesses can pave the way toward a fully-connected future, while still being able to tackle the biggest challenges they face right now...

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Effective transportation and logistics solutions enhance productivity across the board, provision remote support to solve problems quickly and minimize downtime, and provide the tracking and reporting that yield essential end-to-end visibility across every aspect of mobile T&L IT solutions. Enterprise mobility management is at the core of successful T&L capabilities, offering business-critical advantages to leading T&L operations everywhere.....

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Warehouses are being pushed to do more with less. Efficiency in the warehouse network is crucial to reducing costs and overhead from the warehouse while ensuring a high degree of customer service. Without alignment across facilities, order management, and labor— and software that can handle increased velocity and complexity—warehouses will struggle to continue operating at a high level…

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