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.