Evaluating AS/RS Total Cost of Ownership Versus Other Technologies: Learn How at FREE Industry Group Seminar at MODEX 2016

modex125x125When it comes to an investment in pallet, tote and tray automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), justifying the costs to the chief financial officer (CFO) is critical. That’s why, if you’re in the market for one of these installations—and you’re at MODEX 2016 (April 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta)—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 member companies that participates 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. The first part of the session details the newest AS/RS innovations in pallet, case, tote, tray and bin handling applications. The second part offers key tips for how to evaluate AS/RS technologies (versus other technologies) by calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Although you have to attend the session to get a complete walk-through on the numbers, here are a few takeaways participants will gain:

  • An overview of how to divide associated costs into three parts—acquisition costs; ownership costs; and post-ownership costs.
  • Ways to quantify the total benefits of an AS/RS installation over non-automated, conventional inventory handling methods.
  • The methodology for assembling the numbers, including asset lifecycle, assumption review, sensitivity analysis, cash flows, cost of capital, and net present value.


Have to miss the session, but want to learn more? Stop into viastore’s MODEX exhibit (Booth 1439) at the Georgia World Congress Center Hall B throughout the show, April 4-7, 2016. If you can’t wait until MODEX, or won’t be at the show, call viastore at 616.977.3950 to chat with one of our warehouse planning specialists about determining the total cost of ownership for your next AS/RS installation.

About John Clark

John is responsible for Marketing and Business Development at the North American headquarters of viastore systems in Grand Rapids, MI.

He has over 20 years of broad hands-on experience in all aspects of marketing and communication, including writing, content marketing, advertising, design, trade show and event planning, public/media relations, website, lead generation and management.

Prior to viastore, he has held marketing management positions at TGW Systems and Dematic, both global material handling automation companies.

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