Fulfillment

FULFILLMENT UPDATE

The Industry 4.0 ‘Horse Is Out of the Barn’ By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Industry 4.0—incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT) into intelligent industrial machines—is set to transform the fulfillment process, greatly boosting visibility, efficiency and accuracy of shipments, and in turn, customer satisfaction and everyone’s bottom line. IoT is “a fait accompli,” says Kevin Reader, director of business development and marketing ...

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Automated Material Handling Needs ‘Full Stream’ Fulfillment

More and more end-customers are demanding that automated material handling solutions be integrated to address the “full stream” of order fulfillment and bridge the gaps created by the islands of automation. In the past, MHI member companies would often work with customers seeking a single solution, such as pick-to-light or voice-directed picking, to address a specific fulfillment area or process, ...

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OFS Sessions at ProMat Focus on Best-in-Class Order Fulfillment and Omnichannel Solutions

MHI’s Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) Industry Group is presenting two must-see sessions this year at ProMat 2017 in Chicago: a review of the “latest and greatest” solutions on the show floor and practical ways to approach omnichannel distribution centers. On Monday, April 3, Ed Romaine, vice president, sales and marketing at MHI Member SI Systems, will be presenting the session, ...

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Last Mile Delivery Technology Trends

If you pay attention to media headlines, you might think that airborne drones, autonomous, self-driving vehicles or crowd-sourced private vehicle owners will be delivering your online purchases to your doorstep within the next few months. Practically daily there are announcements of new developments and investments in these technologies and services from all segments of the market. Among them: Retailers Amazon ...

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Authenticating Supply Chain Fulfillment

As e-commerce continues to grow, regulators and consumers are increasingly demanding that online retailers and fulfillment centers prove that their products are, indeed, authentic—and firms within the supply chain are employing emerging technologies to accomplish just that. The technology creating the biggest media buzz is blockchain, says Rick Fox, president and chief executive of MHI member FOX IV Technologies Inc. ...

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Dynamic Product Valuation

Dynamic product valuation; are B2B and B2C ready to value their products like commodities—where accessibility, deliverability, location and availability are considered on parity with the intrinsic value of the product produced? Or—SHOULD they value their products as commodities? It depends, says Shana Relle, marketing director, global marketing—logistics and material handling team at MHI member Intralox LLC. “As the importance of ...

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The Shared Economy and the Omnichannel Supply Chain

B2B, distributed inventory networks and “less than truckload” shipping: Could uberization of the supply process be next? “We have seen the advent of the shar­ing economy explode—the concept that companies don’t necessarily need to own the entirety of their supply chain,” says David Schwebel, MHI manager, solutions and product groups at MHI. “Consumer’s demand fulfillment imme­diacy will steadily shift omnichannel verticals ...

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Blockchain Technology Provides Better Tracking and Accountability

Certified track and trace using blockchain or other emerging technologies—is there an actual case for this in the next three years? A growing number of experts are certainly bullish on the prospects, and there is movement among the manufacturing and retail industries to explore how to best leverage such technologies for use within their own supply chains. “Track and trace ...

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Alternative Strategies for the SKU Explosion

As the number of SKUs continues to proliferate, many distribution centers are turning to alternative strategies to handle the massive explosion in volume. Many companies are expanding their supply chains through such methods as direct-store delivery, direct-store drop ship and drop ships by third-party logistics providers, says David A. Schwebel, MHI manager, Solutions & Product Groups. That way, companies don’t ...

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Changing Customer Expectations Drive Growth of Distribution Centers

Distribution centers are growing massively in size due to the explosion of SKUs and increasing demands to supply goods to customers as soon as possible. There are many reasons for this change. New online portals into supply chain visibility allow consumers to see inventory availability, order status, as well as product evaluation prior to the final purchase, says Brian Keiger, ...

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