How Robots and Humans Work Together to Improve Warehouse Management

    Posted by John Santagate on Mar 17, 2020 3:05:55 PM

    Rather than using technology to replace human workers, the future of logistics depends on collaboration between humans and robots.

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    Topics: process improvement, warehouse automation, Robotics

    HighJump Elevate Supply Chain Conference At A Glance

    Posted by Heather Smith on Feb 13, 2020 6:03:30 PM

    Now in its sixth year, Elevate — HighJump’s annual user conference — has become an, and we quote, “unmissable” industry event. Spanning four action-packed days, Elevate unites 700 supply chain professionals for unparalleled educational trainings, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and brainstorming sessions.

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    Topics: Voice, cloud, supply chain, transportation management, HighJump Elevate, warehouse control, warehouse automation, Robotics

    HighJump's 2019 Supply Chain and Warehouse Management Wins

    Posted by Heather Smith on Jan 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM

    In many ways, 2019 was a big year for us — we received awards and accolades from all across the supply chain and logistics industry. We’re heading into 2020 with a full head of steam, and we’re looking forward to our Elevate Conference where our customers and other conference-goers will get a first look at amazing things to come.

    Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights from the past year:

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    Topics: Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), food logistics, HighJump Elevate, supply chain solutions, warehouse automation

    Are Robots and Automation Taking Jobs or Actually Creating New Jobs?

    Posted by John Santagate on Jan 16, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    At the beginning of 2019, I came across an article that was titled "Record Number of Robots Replaced Humans in 2018". Naturally, I clicked on the article to see what this was all about, and quite frankly, came away a bit disappointed. The disappointment was not at the number of robots shipped to North America, which was indeed a record number. What was disappointing was the lack of information about the actual replacement of jobs due to the increased shipments of robots. While the article did a good job of highlighting data published by the Association for Advanced Automation (A3), it lacked drawing any alignment to how this record number of robotic shipments actually impacted employment.

    The lack of alignment brings up the question of whether or not there is an actual correlation between jobs and robotics and automation? Clearly there is a correlation, but does this correlation have to be negative? Is it possible that the growth in automation technology is actually helping to create new jobs and opportunities? These are the types of questions we should all be asking ourselves, because the fact is, robotics and automation technology is increasing in its use and we must be preparing for how automation will impact the future of employment. The question is no longer if robotics will become useful in new ways and industries (it is) rather the question is how fast will the growth in the use of robots be and how will this impact economic and employment opportunities.

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    Topics: supply chain solutions, warehouse automation, Robotics

    Robotics Solutions For eCommerce Inventory Management

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Oct 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    Although many businesses still feel like robotics are years away from mainstream adoption, vendors aren’t waiting for slow adopters to come around. Shopify’s acquisition of robotics company, 6 River Systems, shows just how fast the warehouse automation landscape can change. This move makes it easier for many online retailers to solve complex eCommerce inventory management challenges, which we’ll dive into in a bit. Sometimes a moving, evolving field might be met with a “wait and see” approach. But, with vendors making adoption easier and more palatable, we expect just the opposite for robotics.

    Robotics vendors aren’t getting buzz solely because of the cool factor. As the latest additions to supply chain automation, robotics address the same issues as traditional automation, but in a new way. In short, these solutions add strategic and operational flexibility. Flexibility in overhead costs. Flexibility in resource deployment. Flexibility in warehouse design. Flexibility in growing your business.

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    Topics: eCommerce, warehouse automation, inventory management

    Survey Report: How is Automation Impacting Warehouse Management?

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Oct 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    At the 2019 Elevate supply chain conference, HighJump CTO Sean Elliott addressed a packed audience, delivering his message on the challenges of the supply chain of the future. “Our technology has to step up,” he said. With a shrinking workforce and increasing pressures from customer expectations, supply chain managers have their work cut out for them.

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    Topics: supply chain solutions, warehouse automation

    7 Warehouse Automation Trends Shaping Your Supply Chain Tech Stack

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Aug 22, 2019 10:46:42 AM

    Maybe it’s the swelling real estate costs forcing you to squeeze value out of every square foot of your ­­facility. Maybe your business outgrew the local labor pool. Or, maybe your customers’ expectations grew beyond the limits of what’s possible in your supply chain operations. Many industry and market drivers continue to push the supply chain community to innovate. For its benefits of labor reduction, process optimization, around-the-clock availability and more, the expanding field of warehouse automation offers the solutions to these challenges.

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    Topics: supply chain, warehouse automation