Liftomatic Material Handling, a materials handling equipment manufacturer, introduced the Ergo-Matic line of portable drum handling equipment. The product family is modular and designed for efficient manual handling of a single drum in repetitive applications. The Ergo-Matic line features high-lift capability up to 36 inches, spark-resistant components for flammable areas, and double clamps for fiber and plastic drums.
Supply chain and omnichannel commerce solutions provider Manhattan Associates released a solution that gives retailers new insight into individual shopping experiences to provide improved, personalized service.Thomas Flein
Logility, a provider of retail planning and collaborative supply chain optimization solutions, unveiled Dynamic Allocation and Replenishment, a new capability within Logility Voyager Retail Optimization. Retailers with multiple distribution centers can now automatically allocate and replenish merchandise to each store location or channel from any combination of distribution centers to boost inventory velocity and support each location’s ability to meet financial plans.
Supply chain and omnichannel commerce solutions provider Manhattan Associates released a solution that gives retailers new insight into individual shopping experiences to provide improved, personalized service. Part of the Manhattan Active Omni platform, Manhattan Customer Engagement connects customer conversations on social media platforms with real-time order information. It combines unstructured data from customer conversations with structured order information to allow retailers to make instant service improvements.
One form of automation has already been implemented in the shipping industry with the use of automated cranes for transferring shipping containers from ship to shore. The future of shipping is heading beyond container handling to using automated vehicles and ships for transporting goods. Apple and Google both have autonomous vehicles in development, and this technology has big implications for the shipping industry.
However, deliveries are now going through yet another stage of development, and innovation is changing shipping again. Here is a look at some of the newest and most innovative delivery methods that companies are trying now.
For thousands of years, deliveries were made either on foot, or with the assistance of a horse or a ship. Then trains, automobiles, and planes came along and radically changed things. In the past 100 years, deliveries were able to be made faster, safer, and more efficiently than at any point in history.
The final leg of the shipping process, delivery, is also set to benefit from the latest robotic technologies. Amazon recently made headlines with the first successful drone delivery, and its success looks to inspire the further use of drones in the shipping industry.
The benefit of drone deliveries is that it drastically cuts the cost of labor by reducing the number of vehicles on the roads, and it also has the potential to eliminate the challenges of accessing rural areas or difficult geographical locations, which can add to the cost of shipping.
The shipping industry has always operated with amazing efficiency and has generally been reluctant to adopt emerging technologies that may be disruptive to their logistical systems. However, with higher consumer demands regarding shipping times and sustainable operations, operating in the digital age means the industry needs to take advantage of the benefits that new technologies must offer.