Archives for February 2016

Learn About the Latest Advancements in AS/RS Technologies During FREE Industry Group Seminar at MODEX 2016

modex125x125If you’re registered to attend MODEX 2016 (April 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta), then you’re probably hoping to learn more about the latest developments in material handling and warehouse automation solutions. If pallet, tote and tray automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are on your radar specifically, then you won’t want to miss the FREE on-floor seminar presented by show-sponsor MHI’s AS/RS (Fixed Aisle) Industry Group (viastore is one of 21 different industry leading companies who participate in the group, whose mission is to educate, promote, develop and grow the use of AS/RS in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution).

The session—“AS/RS: 21st Century Latest Advancements and Total Cost/Cost Benefit of Ownership”—will be held on Monday, April 4, from 11:15 a.m. to noon in Theater F. [Read more…]

viastore 2016 Survey on Material Handling System Choices-compare yourself to others

Everybody wants to know how they stack up. Are you as fast as the other guy? Do you work harder than a coworker? (Of course the answer to both is ‘yes’.) When it comes to material handling, and comparing what your company is doing compared to others and knowing how your company stacks up to the rest of the industry is important as well.

For the 2nd year in a row, viastore is compiling annual information on the key issues facing industry executives today. This anonymous survey allows you to compare your company and how you go about making the decisions you make in regards to material handling automation compared to others.

For example, in last year’s survey, we found that 88% of respondents said they wanted their supply chain project to deliver within budget, the leading reason (and no real big surprise there). Click on the infographic to see what the other top-ranking responses were. What WAS interesting was that when it came to who was best-suited to design a material handling system, 63% of respondents felt it should be an outside resource. To see the complete results from last year, you can download the 2015 survey results whitepaper.

What will the numbers be like this year? We won’t know unless you participate. We value your opinion and hope you’ll take just a few minutes to participate in this annual survey. [Read more…]

Debunking the Myths to Automation

eBookWarehouse automation is a tricky thing.

Many companies have thought about automating their warehouse, but didn’t look into what it could do for their operation because of any multitude of reasons. Some weren’t sure how they could ever justify such an “enormous” investment. Some claimed they heard of someone else’s installation that was an epic disaster. Others have thought that their inventory profiles and handling processes are just too variable to do it with anything other than manual labor.

If these excuses sound like you, you’ve been duped. Don’t let the naysayers, rumors or 3rd party stories you’ve heard about automating your warehouse scare you. [Read more…]

Take an Incremental Approach to Automation Installation, Investment

Warehouse automation. The term calls to mind expensive, complex, high-speed, highly mechanized equipment operating in the dark, with nary a human in sight. Yet—if reading this blog achieves nothing else—let your takeaway be that there are actually four levels of automation (generally speaking), and that only a handful of facilities in the U.S. house installations of that highest level. The rest have invested in a more affordable degree of automation that delivers process improvements in key areas to enhance productivity.

automation scaleAutomating your warehouse breaks down into the following four levels of increasing sophistication and investment: [Read more…]

7 Ways to Avoid a “Box of Chocolates” Automation and/or Software Implementation Scenario

“My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” – Forrest Gump

Prevent unwelcome and unpleasant surprises in a new installation or upgrade that can cause setbacks in your schedule and budget.

Depending on your taste, it might be nice to discover a hunk of caramel hiding under that chocolate from the heart-shaped Valentine’s Day candy box—or not. But when it comes to an automation and/or software implementation in your warehouse or distribution center, the majority of surprises are unwelcome and unpleasant.

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2016 viastore Material Handling Survey – See How You Stack Up

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Click on the image to check out the results from the 2015 survey.

As a provider of material handling systems, viastore is compiling annual information on the key issues facing industry executives today.

We value your opinion and hope you’ll take just a few minutes to participate in this annual survey. [Read more…]

Replacing Bits and Pieces of Warehouse Automation: Why Talking to a Specialist Could Save You in the Long Run

There’s an iconic TV commercial from the 1970s that illustrates the value of taking the time to do something right the first time (pay now), as opposed to later making significant repairs to correct mistakes (and pay MORE later). Don’t let this be your approach when it comes to “saving” money by replacing or adding the random piece of new or used equipment for your warehouse automation system. [Read more…]