CINCINNATI — Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces its recognition on Supply Demand Chain Executive’s list of 100 great supply chain projects for its work with Merrill Corporation. Implementing the Intelligrated Voice solution enabled the 3PL document management and communications company to minimize fulfillment errors while increasing throughput and operational efficiency.
45 percent increase in throughput
65 percent reduction in picking errors, raising accuracy to 99.9 percent
Nearly 50 percent reduction in staffing requirements in processes that use voice
The voice solution capitalizes on the experience level of individual workers, requiring fewer validation steps and offering more advanced functionality for experienced associates. Merrill also leveraged voice to implement new workflows to improve processes, including train picking, reverse picking and automated replenishment.
“When we demonstrate the capabilities of the system to potential clients, they are blown away by the voice technology and its role in all aspects of our distribution operations,” says Mike Zimny, director of operations, Merrill Corporation. “It’s often what helps really set us apart from other 3PLs.”
With more than 28 clients and 17,000 SKUs to manage, Merrill looked for an automated method to ensure fulfillment accuracy, increase throughput and continue to maintain the privacy and confidentiality demanded by its customer base. They chose Intelligrated for their flexibility, implementation experience and ongoing support.
“The work with Merrill highlights the advanced configurability, ease of use and straightforward implementation of Intelligrated Voice solutions,” says Kevin Roach, executive vice president and general manager, Intelligrated Software. “This software-driven, device-agnostic approach provides the necessary flexibility for operations to choose best-fit hardware as operational requirements evolve. Recognition on the SDCE 100 validates the ongoing value this framework provides for complex, mission-critical fulfillment operations.”
The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects, which serves as a guide for supply chain executives who are looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.
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Intelligrated is a leading North American-based, single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world. Through a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support, Intelligrated solutions give businesses a competitive edge and optimize operational performance through increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy.
Intelligrated designs, manufactures, integrates and installs complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, IntelliSort sortation, Alvey® palletizers and robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems – all managed by advanced machine controls and software. Intelligrated Software offers warehouse execution systems, a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies.
From concept to integration to lifecycle support services, Intelligrated delivers dependable, sustained distribution and fulfillment success, and maximum return on investment. Intelligrated backs every project with 24X7 multilingual technical support and access to lifecycle service through a network of national, regional and local service centers. For more updates, follow us on Twitter @Intelligrated.