viastore SYSTEMS Sees Benefits of Automation Include Labor Savings and Maximizing Throughput
Grand Rapids, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/25/2016 -- viastore SYSTEMS, a leading material handling automation systems and software company, released a whitepaper titled, "Four Reasons Why Material Handling is a Good Investment for Your Operation." Much has changed in recent years due to the rise of multichannel fulfillment and ecommerce. Generally, piece picking is up as are the number of stock keeping units (SKUs) at many DCs. Orders may be smaller than in years past, but many DCs are processing a higher volume of orders and picking more pieces per shift. Perhaps more than ever given these trends, the benefits of automation—accuracy, labor savings, and maximizing throughput within existing space—makes the payback proposition from warehouse automation stronger than ever.
Beyond these higher level benefits, what are some of the operating characteristics in a DC that make automation a good bet? viastore examines some of these thresholds to see how automation can help, and wrap up by explaining the different levels or increments that automation is often deployed in.
Depending on the operation, evaluating the number of pallets received per day, number of cases picked or shipped per day, and number of pieces picked per shift is a good place to start. In general, if more than 3,000 pallets are received each day, more than 90,000 cases are picked or shipped per day, or more than 100,000 pieces are picked per shift, automation could have a positive and short ROI.
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About viastore SYSTEMS, Inc.
For over 40 years, viastore SYSTEMS, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore's focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil.
viastore SYSTEMS, with North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, (http://www.us.viastore.com) is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore SYSTEMS earned a return spot on Food Logistics' 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. viastore SYSTEMS is a proud member of MHI. Follow viastore on Twitter at @viastoresystems.