Critical to optimizing automated e-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment centers’ waveless order processing operations and overcoming labor shortages
It may sound counterintuitive, but the key to ensuring both maximum performance and return on investment from a fully automated e-commerce or omni-channel fulfillment center attempting true waveless order processing is a labor management system (LMS). Not just any LMS, however, but an automated labor management system.
The most effective Automated LMS are engineered specifically for automated systems that execute waveless order processing. Designed purposely to interface with a warehouse management system (WMS), warehouse control system (WCS) and/or warehouse execution system (WES), these Automated LMS drive the highest throughput, quality and efficiency.
Further, Automated LMS continuously analyze and interpret data inputs from the entire system—from receiving, to storage and putaway, to replenishment, to picking, to packout and shipping—in order to properly allocate valuable labor resources to the right place at the right time. This functionality ensures that automated sub-systems are fully utilized, and that the throughput levels demonstrated in testing prior to final commissioning are also achieved in actual automated system operation.
But why implement an Automated LMS within a fully automated order fulfillment center at all? To answer that, let’s first take a quick look at the challenges faced by e-commerce and omni-channel retailers who are currently investing multiple millions of dollars into automated warehousing and fulfillment systems.