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with the proper algorithms and other software coding.
Ideally, the software should be able to learn from long-term sales patterns—but learn the right lessons, without
confusing out-of-stocks with a drop in demand.
Inside the Automated Warehouse
Another issue with WMS has to do with connectivity with
other systems within the warehouse or distribution center. This becomes more of an issue the more automated
the warehouse becomes.
One example is voice picking, which allows workers to
receive instructions on which items to pick for an order,
Many grocery warehouse managers are
trying to move workers out of the process
altogether. Automation is increasingly taking
hold, says Schaafsma of D.L. Neu.
“They’re moving to be highly automated—very
highly automated,” he says. “Everybody’s investigating it.
They’ve moved to it, and others will move to it and have
[more than] 90% of their items never touched by a human.”
That involves equipment such as palletizers, robotic
order-pickers and automatic guided vehicles. Sophisticated
equipment like that would be managed by a warehouse
execution system, which would interface with the WMS.
Manhattan Associates also recently introduced a warehouse execution system as part of its WMS platform “that
enables real-time continual communication with automation system elements in the facility,” says Lamphier.
“This capability is critical to ensuring WMS efficiency,
allowing grocers to better understand the availability of
the processing assets, especially expensive robotics and
automation equipment, and helping to guarantee a high
level of their utilization.”
Of course, automation is a major investment that takes
money grocers might opt to use elsewhere. Sometimes
this happens even when automation is likely to have a significant ROI, Schaafsma says.
Fields says that no matter how they do it, stores have to
eliminate out-of-stocks as much as possible. Considering
today’s competition, it’s more important now than ever.
Inventory Management Operations & Supply Chain