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Help! The Robots are Coming to a Distribution Center near You (and soon!)

Follow a robot as it works its day job—transforming the world of e-commerce by hustling packages around the giant warehouses that propel the modern economy. New robot minions: Welcome to the team.

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  • Kiva uses game-changing automation technology for distribution centers that helps companies simplify operations and reduce costs while increasing strategic flexibility. Using hundreds of autonomous mobile robots and sophisticated control software, the Kiva Mobile-robotic Fulfillment System enables…

  • Quiet Logistics is the eCommerce fulfillment provider of choice for leading brands and e-tailers. Quiet combines best-in-class technology with a deep understanding of brand care to deliver a precise and highly personalized customer experience for its clients. In addition to traditional third-party…

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Robots in the Workplace and In Our Economy
At Quiet Logistics, a third party logistics provider for high-end apparel brands, orange mobile-robotic drive units (bots) with names like BettyBot and StoreBot whiz inventory around, filling orders.

But, as impressive as it is to watch, it’s the speed and order accuracy offered by Kiva’s Mobile-Robotic Fulfillment System that is the real wow-factor.

Quiet Logistics leverages proprietary technology and Kiva Systems material handling robots to deliver industry-leading order fulfillment speed and accuracy.

Quiet Logistics unparalleled attention to order presentation—branded boxes, tissue paper, marketing inserts, etc.—strengthens the eCommerce experience for end customers.

Quiet Logistics third party logistics services include:

  • Unprecedented 99.99% order and inventory accuracy
  • A Client Portal with real time reports on inventory, POs and Shipping Order
  • Solutions for Direct to Consumer and Direct to Retail
  • 3-4x volume throughput of standard fulfillment centers
  • A dedicated account manager
  • Immediate Onboarding
  • Value-added services including branded boxes, stickers and tissue paper
  • Real time scalability that will keep pace as your business grows

Quiet Logistics solutions are more than just outsourcing. It’s an alignment of experience, advanced technology and a progressive business model built with your business needs in mind.

The Kiva Approach

A Different kind of Material Handling Company & Complete Warehouse Automation Solution
Kiva Systems LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com. Kiva uses game-changing automation technology for distribution centers that helps companies simplify operations and reduce costs while increasing strategic flexibility.

Using hundreds of autonomous mobile robots and sophisticated control software, the Kiva Mobile-robotic Fulfillment System enables extremely fast cycle times with reduced labor requirements, from receiving to picking to shipping. The result is a building that is quick and low-cost to set up, inexpensive to operate and easy to change anywhere in the world.

Kiva Systems was founded on a better approach to order fulfillment solutions - a philosophy that simultaneously breaks many existing constraints and takes fulfillment back to its simple basics. Today Kiva is widely recognized as THE solution for eCommerce fulfillment and split-case, each and item picking applications of all types.

Products Should Organize Themselves
Current solutions store items in fixed locations which results in wasted time and energy spent keeping the facility organized. With Kiva, inventory is free from physical location constraints, locations and positions are virtual and move and adapt to the products. The result is that any item can be delivered to any operator at any time.

One Piece of Equipment & One Process Should Handle All Products
Kiva believes that one simple process and set of material handling equipment should be used to store, move and sort all items in the warehouse so facility managers can focus on the customer, not the complexity of their equipment.

A Material Handling Solution Should Scale Up or Down
Kiva believes that companies should employ the right amount of material handling equipment for the current required throughput and scale up as the market grows or flex up during peak seasons.  Kiva enables multiple degrees of flexibility!

Orders Should Be Filled When the Customers Want Them
Kiva believes that orders should drop directly from customers through to pack operators resulting in shorter cycle times and same-day fulfillment.  Kiva customers view their supply chain as a competitive advantage.

Featured Kiva Systems White Papers (some external registration required)

  • Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters (Supply Chain 24/7)
    Ask yourself this: what if your distribution center could not support changes in volume, product assortment or delivery timelines? How much would you lose in opportunity costs? As multi-channel businesses look to expand product and business lines quickly as a key competitive advantage, the speed to deploy a material handling solution becomes a critical success factor. Fast system deployment can be the difference between kicking the competition out of the water and limiting your growth.
  • Tuning Up Your Distribution Center for Omni-Channel Growth
    Is your fulfillment center as ready as your digital site for OmniChannel Growth? Today’s retailers know how important multi-channel growth is to retain tech savvy shoppers. But, how does this rapid movement towards Omni-channel commerce impact the distribution and fulfillment side of the equation?
  • Fulfillment 2.0: Tackling the Seven Critical Fulfillment Challenges of eCommerce
    Internet technology continues to evolve at such relentless speed that we all now carry a complete shopping mall in the mobile phones in our pockets. What is now referred to as Web 2.0 has propelled online shopping at 18% annual growth to about $200B a year in North America, with similar numbers overseas. What’s needed to keep that growth going is a way to fulfill all those orders as fast and inexpensively as the web itself. What’s needed is Fulfillment 2.0
  • Using Distribution and Fulfillment as Strategic Weapons
    The best retailers and e-commerce companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the DC into a competitive weapon.
  • Kiva Systems Brochure - Defying the Laws of Fulfillment
    An overview of the Kiva solution which highlights components of the technology, and provides background on the value of system.
  • Tech Brief - Kiva & WMS
    Kiva is a total fulfillment solution that incorporates hardware and software elements to perform replenishment, picking, and shipping sortation. During implementation, the Kiva software is integrated with the client’s enterprise systems, and typically the primary interface point is a warehouse management system.
  • Analyst Briefing - “Warehouse Automation: How to Implement Tomorrow’s Warehouse Today”
    The Aberdeen Group With increasing levels of uncertainty and the inability to predict supply and demand fluctuations because of global economic pressures, today’s logistics executives find themselves scratching their heads in order to find balance in the supply chain. The first reaction may be to continue to tighten the belt to ride out the uncertainty and maintain as much status quo as possible. However, today’s Best-in-Class executives are taking this as an opportunity to continue to attack inefficiencies inside the distribution center and identify area to improve performance in order to create agility and flexibility and drive value to the bottom-line.

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