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The pillars of the Future-Ready Warehouse

14 September 2018

E-commerce has already had a significant impact on warehouse operations. Now, global retail e-commerce sales are expected to reach $3.9 trillion dollars by 2020, up from $2.3 trillion in 2017.

Due to changing consumer expectations, two-day delivery and omni-channel experiences have become normal. To continue supporting e-commerce and omni-channel sales efficiently, businesses need to act fast.

A third-party logistics leader strengthened its e-commerce business by investing in future-proof automation. The company implemented Swisslog’s CarryPick, a robot-based, goods-to-person picking solution, at their Stockholm-based 3PL facility for Lekmer.com. According to their strategic business development managers, using intelligent automation allowed them “to deliver levels of productivity that exceed all manual solutions in the industry."

B2C businesses aren’t the only ones feeling the impact of a growing e-commerce sector. For B2B companies, it is bringing new opportunities, but creating new stresses on the supply chain too.

Radwell International sells a wide range of new and surplus electronic equipment. When their business grew, the operation no longer delivered the required space and efficiency. Swisslog installed AutoStore, an automated, modular goods-to-person picking system. The solution more than tripled the pick rate and Radwell made better use of its space to enable future growth.

The latest Swisslog white paper identifies three characteristics of warehouses capable of adapting to the future. Download The Future-Ready Warehouse: Three Keys to Improving Performance While Maintaining Future Flexibility to find out more: www.swisslog.com/whitepapers