In today’s fast-paced environment, manufacturers and distributors are pressured to quickly and efficiently fulfill orders on time. In most cases this leads to picking and staging orders in advance of a shipment, which impacts the entire supply chain process. Warehouses can overcome this challenge and increase overall efficiency by implementing an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with an automated picking system.
An AS/RS combined with an automated order picker provides a viable solution for meeting JIT order fulfillment requirements. These high-density, robotic systems can store and retrieve layers and cases (with and without a pallet) from inventory, with maximum speed, efficiency and responsiveness. When integrated with a warehouse execution system (WES), the AS/RS gives organizations full control over their material flow.