The calendar may have flipped to 2022 but, seasonality aside, the same supply chain challenges remain. Whether you’re struggling to increase operational efficiency, offset warehouse labor shortages, enhance the experience for your customers (whether you are a retailer or 3PL), or reduce risk through improved resiliency of your supply chain operations, we talked (or wrote) about it.
To help guide the strategic supply chain and fulfillment operation decisions you’re surely making in the coming months (because peak 2022 planning is just around the corner, if not already underway), check out this snapshot of the webinars, research reports, blogs and more that our customers and visitors found most useful over the past year.
All Things FLOW
Why it made the list: Our third annual users’ conference brought together over 1,300 registrants, top industry leaders and change-makers to discuss and explore ways to help evolve the supply chain process.
Guest speakers and panelists included Mike Rowe, Shopify President, Harley Finkelstein, and Adapt or Die author, Jeremy Bodenhamer. Sessions covered everything from customer case studies, to new feature enhancements to the 6 River Systems wall-to-wall fulfillment solution, to virtual networking opportunities.
In short, FLOW 2021 had (and, thanks to exclusive access through the link below, has) something for anyone looking for ideas on how they might improve their supply chain or fulfillment operations.
View more: FLOW 2021 sessions
SPARK Matrix Report: Autonomous Mobile Robots, 2021
Why it made the list: In addition to the well-documented labor crunch, McKinsey & Company estimates that more than 40 percent of employees in logistics and supply chain spend at least a quarter of their time performing manual and repetitive tasks. So it’s no surprise that automation in general, and automated mobile robots (AMRs) in particular, are top of mind for anyone with a warehouse (or dark store, or omnichannel fulfillment strategy). Quadrant Solutions’ annual SPARK Matrix report assesses and ranks top AMR vendors by technology excellence as well as customer impact so it’s easy to identify what technology may be the best fit for your operation and supply chain priorities.
Download: 2021 SPARK Matrix AMR report
The Current State of Labor in Supply Chain & Logistics
Why it made the list: Labor challenges were top of mind for virtually all business owners- small and large, warehousing and logistics or otherwise. We partnered with Peerless Research Group and Modern Materials Handling to conduct a reader survey with logistics and supply chain hiring personnel, and it includes helpful insights into how the industry is identifying and tackling the top recruiting and retention challenges.
Download: The Current State of Labor in Supply Chain & Logistics
The Future of Online Customer Fulfillment
Why it made the list: It’s no surprise that online shopping continued to grow in 2021. This trend is driving the need for 3PLs and retailers across the world to assess and implement more flexible physical and digital automation. The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group’s Research Advisory report evaluates considerations in assessing agile and focused warehouse automation; how enhanced analytics and operational insights drive supply chain digital transformation; case studies related to the real-world deployment and use of automation and warehouse robots; and more. Combined with the other resources in this blog post, it’s another valuable piece in helping to solve your supply chain puzzle.
Read The Future of Online Customer Fulfillment
The Business Case for Collaborative Mobile Robotics
Why it made the list: Downloaded by operators, CEOs and industry analysts, The Business Case for Collaborative Mobile Robotics assesses the decision criteria and subsequent data from 25 real-life deployments to quantify the financial benefits of collaborative mobile robots. If you’re thinking about investing in similar technology (or even thinking about thinking about it), this white paper is a great place to start.
Download: The Business Case for Collaborative Mobile Robotics
Most Popular Blog Posts of 2021
Automation Can Shorten Training Time for Warehouse Associates
How 6 River Systems is solving the challenges of traditional zoning methods
Guaranteed Service Level Agreements: Hit Your Deadlines as Efficiently as Possible
What are the advantages of system-directed picking robots vs swarming robots?
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