Retail comes out swinging


As retailers rebuild their distribution schemes as quickly as possible, they are still behind the curve when it comes to how the role of stores is changing and the enormous surge in e-commerce. A little empathy is actually in order, even when you can’t buy exactly what you want when you want it. Patience remains a virtue.

2021 Marks a New Chapter for WES


Any way you analyze it, 2020 will go down as a watershed year for the material handling industry. From the effects of COVID-19 on the workplace to the unprecedented (and continuing) jump in e-commerce, with the start of the new year, the material handling industry is deep into its new way of doing business, especially in warehouse execution systems or WES.

The supply chain’s pivot to E-commerce


COVID brought a spike in e-commerce annual growth. The challenge now is to manage that explosion in the near term without over investing before the new normal, because we aren’t going back.

“How does any DC absorb that?” asks Dan Gilmore, vice president of marketing for Softeon. That, unfortunately, is not a rhetorical question. And the immediate answer is not easily, and certainly not gracefully. Worse yet, it was just a prelude of what was to come.

13 Keys to Choosing the Right Warehouse Management System


Following these guidelines can boost your chances for a successful WMS implementation.

While warehouse management systems can provide many benefits, implementing one carries risks. 
"A WMS can put a company out of business if it's the wrong vendor or solution, or it can propel a business 
ahead of the competition," says John Reichert, senior director, SCE solutions with Tecsys, a supply chain technology provider. Follow these steps for successful WMS implementation:


The Future of E-commerce Fulfillment at UPS


Most of us know UPS from the brown trucks that deliver packages to our homes. One of the world’s largest parcel delivery services, UPS generated a total of $74 billion in revenue in 2019 and delivered more than 5.5 billion packages and documents. Perhaps less well-known is UPS’s Supply Chain Services, or SCS, a $13 billion division that handles everything from freight forwarding to e-commerce fulfillment services targeted at the small- to mid-sized (SMB) business community.

Now, UPS is moving inside the four walls of its fulfillment centers, designing the warehouse of the future with a focus on the right mix of automation and people. That mix includes autonomous mobile robots from Locus Robotics, a warehouse execution system (WES) from Softeon, goods-to-person picking solutions from AutoStore, and robotic stretch wrapping from Robopac. And, other automation technologies are under consideration in UPS’s innovation centers.

Understanding the Complex Landscape of WMS, WCS and WES Warehouse Solutions


From CSCMP's "HOT Topics" -   One challenge logistics managers face is that there are actually three main types of software solutions that can be deployed in a distribution center, individually or in combination. There is a lot of confusion regarding the functionality provided by each type of solution and the boundaries between them – boundaries that can vary depending on the specific software vendors involved and the application scenario.

Softeon Launches Innovation Lab


Softeon, a provider of supply chain software with the industry’s best record for customer success, announces the opening of its new, expanded Warehouse of the Future Innovation Lab, under which it will continue the company’s strong track record of innovation in warehouse management and warehouse execution systems (WMS and WES) and beyond.