forklifts and their environment, and managers with their employees
and operations, we are enabling higher productivity, safer operations,
increased visibility and more effective labor and operations management,” says Jim Gaskell, director of global technology business development for the New Bremen, Ohio-based company.
One of Crown’s latest innovations, QuickPick Remote, features an
order picking automation technology that is a game-changer for low-level order picking. “QuickPick Remote brings automation to this fast-paced, physically demanding job by giving the operator the ability to
control the forklift from the aisle, allowing operators to maintain a
smooth workflow pattern, focusing less on positioning the truck and
more on the task of picking,” says Gaskell. Crown research has shown
that the Crown QuickPick Remote system can save up to five seconds
per pick at a 16-foot interpick distance.
According to Gaskell, Ace Endico, a full-service provider of fine
foods, has been using Crown QuickPick Remote in their warehouse. Up
to 100,000 cases of perishable food products come in and out of their
warehouse through 11 temperature zones. Using
QuickPick Remote, they were able to keep up
with constant demand, increase productivity by 20 percent and reduce
fatigue for their order selectors.
Founded in 2008, Eco Pack’s vision is
to become a global industry standard
for the cleaner, greener, healthier transportation of fresh and processed foods.
The company is based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, with a North American
sales office in Phoenix and a production facility in Georgia, with facilities in California and Mexico coming soon.
Eco Pack’s easy-to-use, fully-customizable patented packaging system – the Eco Pack System – was designed to change the way retailers,
distributors, farmers and agricultural exporters package and recycle. It
was created to reduce costs, enhance food safety, improve shelf life and
increase product support while reducing overall packaging weight. The
end result is that more actual product can be shipped.
“Our mission at Eco Pack is to lead the packing industry into the next
generation with simple, yet environmentally smart packaging products
that can be recycled and reused in order to reduce waste and help preserve the planet,” says Randy Harmon, vice president of business development, North America.
ORBIS Corp., headquartered in Oconomowoc, Wis., is best known for
being an innovator in reusable plastic packaging. ORBIS’ complete
product portfolio includes containers, pallets, bulk
systems and mobile solutions that feature
ergonomic, sleek and durable designs for traditional distribution, as well as e-commerce
fulfillment and distribution.
Norm Kukuk, executive vice president,
says ORBIS’ products can help improve product flow, reduce costs, enhance profitability,
and increase food safety and sustainability in distribution centers, warehouses and at retail.