06.11.21Softeon on how WMS systems can interact with complex automation | Season 2 Episode 23: Today's warehouse management software systems are being developed to handle the huge surge in robotics and other warehouse automation systems.
06.09.21Direct 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.
05.17.21Better body mechanics. Less potential Covid exposure. Improved picking performance. Fewer injuries. Those are four of the benefits that wearables and warehouse software are bringing to people out on the DC floor.
Vendors at ProMatDX tout the benefits of an integrated approach to WES and WMS as a means of streamlining deployments and eliminating integration projects.
We asked our panel of experts to share how retailers can turn the challenges experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic into opportunities for the future.
Warehouse execution systems grew out of the need to manage the way orders are processed in highly automated DCs to get more efficiency out of high-end fixed automation—but now the focus is expanding.
Ten finalists were chosen as the most innovative products in each category - Best New Innovation; Best Innovation of an Existing Product; and Best IT Innovation based on concept, value, and impact.
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.
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.
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.