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FULFILLMENT UPDATE

Fulfillment Ideas Catching Fire,
Sparking Flames of Innovation
BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT

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number of improvements to
the fulfillment process are now
catching fire industrywide,
while early adopters are exploring other
innovations, MHI members say.
Amazon is driving e-commerce, but
brick-and-mortar stores are just now
trying to adjust, and so omnichannel
is becoming an even bigger issue, says
Antonio Rodrigues, sales executive at
MHI member DMW&H.
"A lot of retailers still don't have
a clear visibility of what inventory is
between distribution centers and the
stores," Rodrigues says. "They still use
old systems or rely on phone calls, and
they often have to wait over 24 hours to
get an accurate report on what the stores
actually have on hand."
Another challenge is when consumers buy products online but then return
them in stores, he says. A lot of retailers
don't know the costs involved with that,
or what's even coming back and then
what to do with the products.
"They are just now adjusting their
digital systems to gain more visibility,
control and plan across all locations, so
they can, in effect, use their stores as
a small distribution depot to compete
with the large e-commerce retailers,"
Rodrigues says.
Technology gaining traction
The use of the Internet of Things in
fulfillment is gaining traction, as a lot of
companies are just catching up "because
they have to," he says. The most utilized
IoT method at this point is RFID tags
on products, used to gain more visibility of the inventory and to better track
product from suppliers to consumers.
Investment in RFID tags is now even
more viable due to advancements in data
collection, information and RFID cost
reduction.
Also, there is a growing interest and
investment in goods-to-man picking
solutions to increase productivity, says

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Tom Coyne, president and chief operating officer of MHI member viastore
SYSTEMS Inc.
"As the economy grows and labor
shortages become more acute, companies need ways to meet higher shipping
goals without adding labor," Coyne says.
"Goods-to-man picking allows people
to pick at much higher rates and therefore meet growth targets without the
challenge of increasing the size of the
workforce."
Moreover, with IoT and Industry 4.0
as an outgrowth, an increasing number
of companies are looking to bring their
investments in automated equipment
into real-time view, so they can realize the benefits of reducing down-time,
reducing mean time between failure and
generally getting more reliability from
their investments, he says.
"RFID was and still is revolutionizing in the field of AutoID," Coyne says.

"New technologies are further improving the ability to automatically identify
products. Vision cameras are replacing
bar code readers as their price points
are reducing and reliability increases.
AutoID and complementary technologies will further enhance the ability to
automate in environments that are seen
as difficult."
Also picking up steam is the use of
autonomous vehicles as they become
more capable in terms of guidance
and functionality, he says. Adoption of
these vehicles should continue in 2018 as
guidance systems take advantage of new
technologies such as stereo cameras, and
as sensors come down in price point.
Visibility being boosted by
converging systems
The convergence of various supply
chain execution software systems has
been going on for some time, but it



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2

CEO Update
3-Step Checklist for Addressing the Supply Chain Skills Gap
Beyond Analytics
Women Rising
People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution
Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
Bridging the Skills Gap
Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Identifying Talent
Attracting and Retaining Top Supply Chain Talent
Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
Industry Focus: Intermodal
Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
MODEX 2018
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Fulfillment Update
Product/Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Inside MHI
Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Beyond Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Women Rising
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Bridging the Skills Gap
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Identifying Talent
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Industry Focus: Intermodal
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MODEX 2018
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Product/Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Inside MHI
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MHI News
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Calendar
MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Index of Advertisers
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