Distribution centers still have an overwhelming need to build efficient case picking operations, especially those that serve retail and e-commerce operations. Case picking requires a large amount of space, labor, and specialized equipment to be run effectively and therefore issues like chronic labor shortages, high turnover, and insufficient inventory space cause significant issues. In addition, due to the need for costly specialized equipment, case picking operations are more expensive and have added risk when equipment like forklifts and lift trucks are operating around people.
Using our cloud based AMRs and integrations, you can minimize the amount of time your specialized employees have to leave their zones to transport cases and partial pallets through the facility. This has the added benefit of reducing forklift and lift truck accidents and congestion for your other operations. By remaining in their zones, case pickers can focus on picking while AMRs transport partial and complete orders or pallets to the next stage in the case picking process. Integrations with WES and WMS systems maximize UPH and greatly decrease order turnaround time.
This short video demonstrates how AMR-assisted case picking works with an optimization layer combined with handheld scanners, voice headsets, and a HUD. When your picker receives an order in their zone, they pick the case directly onto a pallet on the robot, allowing the robot to autonomously transport partial orders between zones or complete orders to areas designed for pallet wrapping or shipping. Now that your pickers aren’t manually moving goods throughout your facility, they are able to keep picking instead of spending the majority of their valuable time moving goods to the next stage in the case picking process.
FetchCore is our cloud-based application for deploying, operating, and optimizing our entire portfolio of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for material handling automation and data collection.
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