Automatic data capture (ADC) at the edge

Automatic data capture just got a new ally, the edge. The technology allows everything from scanners to voice systems to process data on the edge of where it is collected. The result is real-time decisions that deal with reality, not some plan that no longer applies.

01.17.22

by Gary Forger

It’s got to be here somewhere. Stop for just a minute. Let’s look around. It shouldn’t be that difficult to find the edge in materials handling operations. But then again, maybe it is.

Automation Demands Warehouse Execution Systems for Inventory Management

01.17.22

“In today’s distribution, it’s all about product flow,” says Dan Gilmore, chief marketing officer with Softeon, a WMS and WES software provider. “And certainly, there is a segment of the market where DCs are growing larger and more complex. In these environments, that means there’s more and more processes and systems that need to be synchronized. And, if you can’t do that well, you wind up with bottlenecks.”

Conventional Warehouse Tune-up

10.06.21

by Gary Forger

The value of labor

Interviews with several experts on conventional warehousing made it clear that you can improve processes without a complete hardware and software transformation.

Key concepts here range from slotting to clean data and reduction in travel time. Labor management is not to be overlooked either. And, yes, technology is part of this evolution, ranging from bots (which everyone is in love with right now) to software such as warehouse execution systems (WES).

Softeon scores high in Gartner WMS report

08.13.21

By MMH Staff 

Softeon has been recognized in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Warehouse Management Systems report, according to the vendor.

Gartner notes in its report that companies can, “Choose the right WMS by using the highlighted nine critical capabilities across five different use cases to appropriately align with your levels of operational complexity and sophistication. Supply chain technology leaders can use this research to compare specific WMS products.”

Building Direct to Consumer Fulfillment Capacity and Capabilities

06.09.21

Direct to consumer or DTC strategies are very popular right now in retail and consumer goods companies. It’s easy to understand why, especially for consumer goods companies. Start with the continued soaring growth of ecommerce. After what seemed then robust ecommerce growth in the US of 14-16% annually for many years, in the stay at home economy of 2020, that growth rate soared to 44.5% in Q2 of last year, 36.6% in Q3, 32.1% in Q4, and 39.1% in Q1 2021, according to data from the US Census Bureau. No company wants to miss out on that megatrend.