Carrier-based storage and retrieval systems designed for deep-lane storage of high-volume palletized SKUs deliver an attractive ROI for companies with small, medium and large storage needs.
Fully-automated systems, such as PowerStore® from Swisslog, are highly configurable in size and shape, capable of integrating into existing brownfield or greenfield facilities with low ceiling heights to maximize density and efficiency within beverage, packaged foods, cold storage and consumer goods warehouses.
Supply chain executives within the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries are faced with considerable challenges when balancing production runs, inventory volumes and delivery schedules. Warehouse managers are increasingly required to store more products in existing warehouses, to retrieve them faster for growing
volumes of just-in-time orders to retail stores, make more efficient productive use of labor, reduce energy consumption and improve cost efficiencies. Inventory is costly. It requires facilities, labor, energy and equipment to manage it. If the manufacturer is warehousing items that require refrigeration or freezer storage – such as food, beverages or pharmaceuticals – costs can be amplified substantially.
“Food manufacturers are being saddled with having to maintain more inventory at the plant, as opposed to the retailer or the distribution center,” said John Olakowski, Director Pallet Shuttle Sales, with Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions. “This has put considerable pressure on manufacturers to figure out ways to better utilize their warehouse space.”