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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)