Grand Rapids, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/18/2016 -- 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." Businesses may believe that automation is an 'all in' concept that is too expensive, or overkill for distribution centers (DC), but they might be missing out on an opportunity for business gain. There is compelling return on investment (ROI) from automation.
When automation such as a mini-load AS/RS is deployed, the control system is configured to hold commonsense rules about how to speed up hot orders, or start sending loads or picks to a packing or shipping lane which was just opened at the WCS or WES level to accommodate a spike in work. System agility is built into the design of the system with a bit of upfront software configuration. This leads to throughput gains for an automated facility versus manual environments in which accommodating change usually means flipping schedules, adding or moving workers, or expediting hot orders outside of the system.
There are other common-sense reasons why material handling automation is a good fit for certain environments, including:
- If the work environment is in a refrigerator or freezer, automation is a great solution for keeping valuable employees out of harsh environments.
- Automation may also be easily justified for a 2 to 3 shift operation, especially if employees earn $45,000 per year or greater or if there is labor shortage.
- Another reason to choose automation is lack of space. If you are not able to expand your facility capacities in throughput, a vertical automated solution may be a good fit.
- Finally, automation may be easier to justify when there is senior management support to integrate savings between Merchandising/Retail and Distribution Center Operations/Logistics P&Ls.
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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.
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