UPS Supply Chain introduces smart warehouse technology
The new Warehou...
UPS Supply Chain Solutions has announced warehouse network technology designed to make distribution centres smarter and more efficient.
The new Warehouse Execution System (WES) will allow faster order intake and fulfillment to enable customers to receive their orders on time.
UPS and supply chain solutions provider, Softeon, developed the WES which enables UPS to define specific customer requirements to ensure highest priority orders are worked initially without manual intervention, resulting in over 50% productivity gains for some customers.
“WES enables UPS to better leverage our global warehouse network and integrated technology to help our customers reduce capital, improve service and speed to end customers,” said Philippe Gilbert, president of Supply Chain Solutions. “We also can create more custom and turnkey outsourced fulfillment services to meet our customers’ unique supply chain needs.”
In a bid to meet the growing and ever-changing demands, supply chain operators are introducing more comprehensive and complex warehouse technologies that can handle higher volumes with greater fluctuations. The WES’s real-time monitoring of capacity, fulfillment requirements, backlogs and labour status enables UPS to identify and resolve potential disruptions before they arise.
With organisations experiencing labour scarcity and e-commerce-driven pressure for faster fulfillment, UPS is making outsourced fulfillment a competitive advantage for customers.
The WES introduction is part of UPS’s continued efforts to modernise warehouse operations by utilising autonomous capabilities. The organisation is deploying Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) in a range of its facilities and piloting AMR from Locus Robotics, which receives instruction from the WES to pick up and transport goods for order consolidation and pack out by UPS employees.
The system dispatches order fulfillment activity and balances inventory flow which enables UPS engineers and operators to efficiently synchronise the use of labour and equipment.
There are several other investments in warehouse technology such as autonomous guided vehicles, automated sorting systems as well as other automation technologies. UPS also aims to introduce a new visibility and reporting platform to allow customers to continuously monitor and track end-to-end supply chain activity and performance, from transportation to warehouse inventory to order volume all in one platform.
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New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live
Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event.
Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.
The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats.
We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.
VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd
Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries.
Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE
Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd
Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.
Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company.