Dynamic changes in both physical “bricks and mortar” and online retail require highly flexible intralogistics solutions that quickly adapt to product lines and volumes.

With online shopping demands continuously increasing, e-commerce is seeing a period of unprecedented growth. Success leaves many companies facing the same problem. Sooner or later demand starts to outstrip the logistics potential. In addition, increasing competition, margin pressure, and a growing number of returns require maximum efficiency and productivity. Last, but not least, omni-channel distribution facilities add to the complexity of logistics processes as they continue to grow exponentially.   

Scalable automation offers an injection of speed, capacity, and improved accuracy at an investment point suited to match various-sized operations. These types of improvements allow Kardex customers to scale their demands and avoid the need to build extensions, new facilities, or outsource.

Warehouse challenges

  • Running out of space to accommodate growth in either volume or breadth of product lines
  • Restricting same day or next day deliveries because order fulfillment is too slow
  • Adapting to changing articles and order quantities
  • Managing seasonal order fluctuations and promotional marketing campaigns (e.g., Black Friday)
  • Navigating complex distribution channels (i.e., omnichannel)
  • Experiencing high return rates as a result of inadequate picking

Often the best option to conquer these challenges is to apply expert advice and scalable automation. This enables you to transform your order fulfillment potential, storage capacity, and picking accuracy. It’s possible to implement an automated solution that best matches your investment level and then grow together.

E-commerce solutions

Distribution center with storage in static shelves, on pallets and in vertical lift systems

Distribution center with automated storage solutions

High-bay warehouse with stacker cranes

High-bay warehouse for pallets

Improve order fulfillment

Color Pick

Color Pick is a simple and flexible solution allowing companies to scale labor and workflows proportionally. Using pick-to-light technology, it accelerates the simultaneous processing of batches. Picking carts are pushed through work zones while operators simply follow colors to pick the right goods for the matching order / cart. A perfect solution to manage fluctuating demand (e.g. seasonality). 

Frame Pick

Frame Pick is designed to speed up order picking performance, minimize picking errors, reduce walking distances by up to 65%, and optimize storage space and volume. It is a simple and efficient strategy that uses frames and lights in combination with automated storage and retrieval solutions (ASRS) and picking carts to significantly increase throughput.

Customer benefits

With an extensive portfolio and numerous applications, Kardex is a proven intralogistics partner to the e-commerce industry.

Learn more about the benefits of our solutions.

Kardex’s fully automated systems reduce order fulfillment time and provide fast and smooth picking processes, even for large-volume orders. This is enabled by RFID chip identification and simultaneous inbound and outbound processes using high-performance picking strategies. Sophisticated software solutions further add to the high-speed and precise picking results.

Warehouse staff and assembly workers have direct access to the required articles from their work station. The goods-to-person principle provides the necessary items. This reduces unnecessary walking, bending, lifting, stretching, or climbing making the process more efficient for the business and more ergonomic for the workers.

Kardex’s product range is diverse and variable. Automated storage and retrieval solutions reduce available space by up to 90%, optimally use storage capacity, and enable quick and reliable picking. Dynamic allocation of space means future-proof storage and maximum efficiency, irrespective of how product profiles change over time.

Kardex's warehouse management software precisely adapts to storage systems and ensures all processes and orders perform optimally. It integrates seamlessly with all systems, prevents unauthorized access, and minimizes the processing time for individual orders. This results in faster delivery times and reduces costs.

In manually handled shipping areas, non-transparent warehouse processes lead to incorrect loading and high return costs. Kardex's automated solutions for buffering and sequencing ensure flexibility as well as quality for the order deliveries.

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