Micro-fulfillment with a frozen zone
StrongPoint is installing the world’s first AutoStore solution with an automated frozen zone. This saves hugely on energy and space and simplifies the picking workstream.
Our background is in groceries which demands more complex solutions and integrations with last mile services.
Automated picking from AutoStore is the fastest fulfillment solution per square foot.
The solution utilizes space optimally and has the highest storage density of any automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), making it ideal for small grocery stores and a variety of other space-restricted retailers.
MFC often integrates an automated goods-to-worker picking system.
The key reason to invest in micro-fuflilment is to maximise storage capacity and to deliver more orders faster, thereby reducing labor and costs associated with storing products and fulfilling orders.
AutoStore has the world’s densest automated solution, allowing for the most optimal use of space possible in any warehouse. AutoStore’s cube storage system, together with StrongPoint’s software and set-up, allows for items to be picked automatically and at remarkable speed.
Do you need to fit more items into your warehouse and have them automatically picked at incredible efficiency? Then an AutoStore micro-fulfillment center, in cooperation with StrongPoint, is ideal for you. Virtually any type e-commerce fulfillment can be tailored for automation.
How does it work?
Grocery retailers and wholesalers have often used manual picking for frozen items when automating their e-grocery fulfillment services.
Now grocery retailers can automate with AutoStore at all three temperature zones, boosting efficiency and significantly decreasing energy bills. In this world’s first installation, energy costs are expected to be reduced by more than 30%.
By placing more items into the AutoStore grid, picking efficiency can be further improved.
Easier and safer for staff
Staff no longer have to pick from cold rooms where they need to wear extensive protective clothing.
Substantial energy savings
By adding frozen items to the AutoStore grid rather than picking them manually,
energy consumption will decrease approx. 30-40%.
Last mile integration
StrongPoint has the market’s most complete last mile solution portfolio, handling both all forms of click & collect and home delivery. Want to deliver products directly from the warehouse to the customer? We can integrate seamlessly the most efficient solutions in the market.
The robots used in the MFC requires extremely little energy. In fact, 10 robots use the same amount of energy as 1 vacuum cleaner. Smart innovations and avoiding unnecessary drains on energy consumption, such as light and heating, are key. With the new integrated frozen section, approximiately 30% of energy costs associated with frozen goods is reduced.
Consultancy regarding drawing the entire storage plan and operation
Profit from our experience! We can help plan how the storage facility could look like and where and how each part of the process can be executed for optimal efficiency. Having the full process in mind is what really separates us from the rest.
Smooth system integration
The solution has been connected to hundreds of different warehouse management systems around the world with ready-made APIs.
The aluminum grid is what holds everything together. This is the infrastructure for bin placement and the rails which the robots use to maneuver around and find the rights bins with the right products. The size and shape of the grid is restricted only by the warehouse itself and can expand in all directions.
The bins are the containers for your products. The bins used in our solution are a strong construction made from a durable material. With gentle robot handling they can last an unbelievable long time. Every bin is marked with a unique number that is stored in a database and printed on the label of the bin. The bins are available in different heights and materials, you can even divide a bin into different compartments in order to store different products in the same bin.
The robots are the actual workers of the system. They race back and forth along the grid and collects the products you need. They work around the clock and are charged automatically every time they brake or lower a bin. When more charging is necessay, the robots to this themselves at the right time to avoid excessive charging. This results in a healthy battery and the robots have been working tirelessly for over 15 years. The robots diagnose themselves every second and will report the smallest inconsistency of their data. Should a robot get called to the service mezzanine, it will automatically be replaced by another robot.
The manual picking
When automating a micro-fulfillment center for groceries, you are bound to meet some obstacles, such as for certain products that need to be picked manually: oversized items and some fruits and vegetables. These often account for a significant part of an online order. Fortunately, this part of the fulfillment process can be optimized using StrongPoint’s Order Picking solution, which has been purpose-built for maximizing the efficiency of manual picking.
The workstations is the area where users receive the products from the MFC. The workstation could either be one simple conveyor port, a carousel port, a swing port or be a modular workstation. The workstations are designed to be as easy as possible to use, while being ergonomically adapted with the highest user safety. Smart covering and sensors keep the operation safe for both your products and staff, as the movement and technical solution have been optimized through millions of tests. Both at AutoStore Labs and live installations.
The controller is the command center of the micro-fulfillment center. It controls the traffic, plans and schedules tasks, logs robots and bin positions, provides access control to service personnel and much more. Perhaps most importantly, the controller is in charge of directing the movement of the robots and is continously calculating the smartest way to work.
Blue Yonder Dispatcher WMS Supplied as a Service
We supply the Blue Yonder WMS as a managed Service which includes:
- Hosting in public cloud (AWS, Azure or Oracle)
- Proactive maintenance
- 2nd line support
- 3rd line support
Deep Vertical Capabilities
WMS systems are only as good as the verticals and customers they have been deployed to. The Blue Yonder WMS has been successfully deployed into
almost every vertical
imaginable including Grocery and eCommerce. This means it has the depth and breadth of functionality to deal with almost any operational process in the most efficient way possible helping you gain an ROI and save on Labour.
Experience gained from the 3PL market where configurability and ease of use are essential cornerstones of a WMS system, our customers benefit from a system which has been
designed from the ground up to be user configurable. We and our customers are able to
handle most use cases without needing to turn to code, leading to rapid deployments and lower cost of ownership.
User configurable elements include Options, Functions and Policies, Interfaces. Reports, Labels, Dashboards, Web Screens, Language Text, Handheld Dialogues
Many WMS systems struggle with Automation however the Blue Yonder WMS has a broad automation pedigree and includes an Automation module with the features and functions you would expect from a Warehouse Exectution System .
Scalable and referencable
Over 1200 customers from the smallest to the largest Tier 1’s have proven the system to be scalable and robust.
Standard APIs for integration
The solution software can be integrated to your existing e-commerce, ERP or similar system. That is done through ready-made API’s provided by StrongPoint. We will
further assist with anything you need for the smoothest operation possible.
At the IT department, you don’t want to spend unnecessary time troubleshooting in the rare cases that something doesn’t work properly. With StrongPoint, you can get around the clock customer support to save you time and unnecessary headache.
Dashboard and analytics
Once the solutions is installed you naturally want to keep track of it as well. StrongPoint’s software runs on a cloud-based solution and the back-office is accessed through a web interface. Here you will be able to see the efficiency, number of orders processed and more.
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