Improve Process Performance and Realize Significant Cost Savings

In today’s strategy + business post by Dan Priest, Kumar Krishnamurthy, and Alex Blanter, The New Automation Is Smart, Fast, and Small, they write:

Intelligent technologies such as robotic process automation, machine learning, and natural language processing systems offer companies new opportunities to improve process performance and realize significant cost savings. These technologies can be implemented in short sprints, focused on a specific problem, with manageable costs.

They go on to state that small automation implementation resources can be quickly brought online to fill in system gaps.

The potential impact is striking: Small automation can improve the productivity of individual processes by 80 to 100 percent (the top of the range reflects a transition to a touchless solution) and overall functions by 20 percent or more.

It is an excellent article, especially following what we saw at this month’s Modex 2018 show. It speaks of the challenges and mentions three steps recommended for company leaders to consider when upgrading ERP systems or implementing smaller “gap fill” systems; focus on value, consider the future of work, take a big picture view.

If you have an ERP/CMS/WMS in place, or you’re considering how to improve process performance of systems already installed, you’ll find very valuable information in this post. (Click here to read post.)

MODEX 2018 delivers opportunities to future-proof food processing plants

As the speed of manufacturing and supply chain operations continues to accelerate, the future of the industry depends on today’s forward-thinking decisions. From illuminating education to next-generation technology and equipment in action, MODEX lets you see what’s coming — and take advantage of it to “future-proof” your supply chain for years to come.

Powered by MHI, Charlotte, N.C., MODEX 2018 took place April 9-12 in Atlanta, connecting over 850 leading providers to showcase key industry trends and innovations.

In fact, MHI, Charlotte, N.J., and Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York, teamed up to produce “Overcoming Barriers to NextGen Supply Chain Adoption,” an annual industry report that provides an up-to-date perspective on emerging supply chain trends.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest innovations in equipment and solutions introduced and showcased at MODEX 2018:

Strategic partnership improves WMS implementation

Worldwide Chain Stores (WCS), Chicago, and Operations Resource Group (ORG) Consulting, Brentwood, Calif., announced a strategic partnership, creating offerings of next-generation WMS with an implementation methodology that ensures greater accuracy and improved efficiencies.

Worldwide Chain Stores
312-264-1960

www.wwchainstores.com
Operations Resource Group Consulting
925-234-9201

http://org-consult.com

The Evolution of the Software Layer That Sits Between Automation and Higher-level Warehouse Management

So while the robots drew the eyes at Modex, it’s really the evolution of the software layer that sits between automation and higher-level warehouse management that bears some closer watching. The traditional lines between automation, WCS, and WMS continued to blur at Modex 2018, and there are new vendor offerings coming into the market with advanced analytics that are quite different from the monitoring and reporting typically found within WCS deployments. The need to better manage both labor and machines in digital-age fulfillment centers, along with the intensive piece picking and order cycle pressures that entails, is driving the evolution of this crucial software layer.

Roberto Michel of Modern Materials Handling (MMH) has a wonderful, brief wrap-up of Modex 2018. Robotics & virtual reality were the flashiest, attention grabbing elements at this years trade-show. However, as Michel points out, a system that manages the automated machinery and the human labor is central to a successful distribution. If anything, automation, robotics and virtual reality has added more moving pieces that need to be overseen – and when you factor in the HR requirements and financials… it can be quite overwhelming.

Use the link below to read Michel’s complete article – and remember, with the recent additions to Operations Resource Group team, any requirements you now have for warehouse management and customer relationship management – we are your complete enterprise resource planning ally. We work with you to design a system tailored specifically to your needs and operations.

(read complete wrap-up)