The Toolbox

Leadership & Thought

Here’s where we give you a peek behind the curtain to see what Dematic has been up to over the last year, and what all of those late nights, experimental ideas, and engineering smarts look like once they are transformed into reality. See what’s hot and what’s coming around the next corner to help your warehousing and distribution operations work even smarter, better, and faster.

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Track 6: Session 1

Monday: 9:00–10:00am

Kokopelli 2

Goods-to-Person Beats the Alternative (Almost) Every Time

As order velocities speed up and order sizes scale down, the stable of technology available to keep warehouse workers productive and stationary is downright dizzying. From goods-to-person (GTP) stations to pocket sorters, and Automated Guided Vehicles to robots, the options are many and varied. This GTP cavalcade will show you what modern alternatives are at your avail, and help you compare them by design, cost, performance, application, and more.

Track 6: Session 2

Monday: 10:15–11:15am

Kokopelli 2

A Paired Investment Strategy for Critical Automation

You wouldn't purchase an expensive boat or a high-ticket car without planning for the ongoing maintenance and repair associated with it, would you? Unfortunately, that’s precisely what many organizations do today when they invest in warehouse automation without developing a management strategy for those investments. In this toolbox session, you’ll learn how to pair Enterprise Asset Management and Managed Services with remote monitoring and alerting to develop a long-term ownership strategy for your critical automation.

Track 6: Session 3

Monday: 11:30am–12:30pm

Kokopelli 1

The Uncut Guide to AGV Application

Google may be doing it on the streets but Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) have been navigating manufacturing and warehouse locations “sans-driver” for over 40 years. Recent major disruptors like technological innovations, global product mergers, and a convergence of existing technologies are all creating exhilarating times and turning conventional material handling and transport solutions upside down. This isn’t your grandfather’s AGV anymore. In this session, we'll explore the latest technologies that are improving performance and efficiency, the convergence of AGVs and traditional robotics, and how these innovations are impacting ROI.

Track 6: Session 4

Monday: 2:15–3:15pm

Kokopelli 2

Create Solution Design Certainty with Distribution Science

Welcome to Part 1 of a 2-part journey (2017 & 2018) that explores how Distribution Science—Dematic’s proprietary methodology to mathematically model, prove and design the best solutions—helps retailers like Under Armour ensure their investment achieves the highest possible ROI. This session will include an Under Armour (UA) case study that explores how Distribution Science helped the apparel and footwear giant know—before even processing a single order—that the solution would not only work, but that it would also give UA game-changing capabilities when servicing its customers.

Track 6: Session 5

Monday: 3:30–4:30pm

White Pine 1

The Hotrod Garage

Supply Chain volumes increasing? Customer expectations changing? Speed to market mattering more than ever before? Dematic’s Hotrod Garage is a menu of precision aftermarket services designed to extract more utility and performance from your current assets to meet the needs of your changing business. This program is highly valuable for those new operators with a material handling system that has just hit its stride, or the owners of long running systems with declining usefulness or ROI.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Track 6: Session 6

Tuesday: 10:15–11:15am

Kokopelli 1

The Road to Continuous Improvement Is Paved with Analytics

Continuous improvement is anything but the “flavor of the day” at American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F); in fact, it’s literally sewn into the company’s fabric. Focused on selling upscale casual wear to young consumers, the company implemented an analytics strategy about two years ago and has since exceeded its own continuous improvement benchmarks while enhancing both management and operations. Come hear the company’s continuous improvement manager discuss how A&F is leveraging analytics in the warehouse, improving its third-party voice picking integration, and making performance comparisons that help it work better, smarter, and faster in a very competitive business environment.

Track 6: Session 7

Tuesday: 11:30am–12:30pm

Kokopelli 3

Take Your Pick: Fast, Dense, or Cheap Storage

If you don't optimize storage systems, racking and pallet patterns, all you are doing is driving up the amount of space needed to store your inventory. In today’s cost-conscious business world, where real estate is at a premium, this inefficient warehouse can quickly turn into a revenue drain. This unique, analytical comparison of storage technologies, and the trade-offs involved from the perspective of your business and operational priorities, will help you pick the best options for maximizing throughput, improving space utilization, or boosting your balance sheet.

Track 6: Session 8

Tuesday: 2:15–3:15pm

Kokopelli 1

All the Benefits of Automation...but Without the Associated Risks

To operate at maximum efficiency, the fast-paced, high-velocity warehouse environment demands a special set of solutions. Dematic’s Order Fulfillment Suite helps DC and warehouse owners travel the road from low-tech to high-automation without disrupting existing operations or creating unnecessary levels of risk. In this session, we'll show you how to lay out a DC for an operation that's in the early stages of growth curve, but that's braced for expansion and success in the future. Blended to form hybrid solutions, these otherwise common technologies deliver high levels of ROI without the associated risks.


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