Swisslog delivers latest developments in eCommerce
19 March 2015
Leading automation specialists, Swisslog, will present latest technology aimed at eCommerce order fulfilment at the eDelivery 2015 exhibition.
The company is set to appear at its first UK exhibition since the launch of Click&Pick; a suite of e-commerce-focused solutions designed to provide a simple but effective way for businesses to take their first steps towards greater warehouse automation.
Swisslog’s Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) division continues to increase its order intake, and the Click&Pick portfolio is set to play an important role in the company’s growing success.
"We are excited to be showcasing our latest developments at eDelivery,” says Swisslog Managing Director, James Sharples. "The e-commerce sector has taken off in a way that very few predicted and the impact of automation has proved vital to the success of many leading players. We are now working with a number of UK retailers to get the most of the latest technology available.”
CarryPick, the latest addition to the Click&Pick portfolio, is a goods-to-person system that reduces picking rates by up to 70 percent and has virtually unlimited scalability. Designed for picking operations with ranges of 3,000 SKUs or more, the system includes warehouse management software, AGV robots and mobile racks, as well as highly efficient multi-function workstations.
James believes the addition of CarryPick into Swisslog’s Click&Pick e-commerce portfolio, will prove an exciting development for prospective customers. Said James: "Warehouses equipped for e-commerce are centered around flexibility, accuracy, speed and scalability. Operations differ in how they cope with orders, quantities, deliveries and returns, but the warehouse designed as a ‘parts centre of individual, personalised items’ is here to stay.”
With CarryPick, order processing, control of goods replenishment, as well as the picking process are all fully automated, and are supported by the Swisslog warehouse management system, WM6. The software co-ordinates the putaway and retrieval processes in the racks, monitors the electronic pick confirmation of employees when handling items and continually takes stock of inventory in the background.
Swisslog is rightly proud of its successes to date, particularly in the food storage, retail and pharmaceutical industries. A number of recent projects and installations have broken new ground in the UK as well as enabled efficiencies in existing tote and goods-to-man handling systems.
"At Swisslog we have a fairly straightforward approach to what can be seen as a complex issue,” concludes James. "We eliminate risk and inefficiencies for customers when delivering new or adapted automated warehouse solutions, but it takes the type of face-to-face opportunities that shows like eDelivery offers, to really demonstrate this in more definitive terms.”
eDelivery Expo will be a sister event to the hugely successful and respected Internet Retailing Expo. Over 50 leading exhibitors are set to attend the Birmingham NEC show over two days, March 25th & 26th. The new show meets the needs of those looking to add specific arms to their eDelivery strategy. With over 1.5bn parcels expected in order movements in the UK alone, the show arrives at an exciting period for those interested in suppliers and best practice advice.