Article | October 11, 2017

Future-Proofing Legacy Material Handling Systems

Source: More from Less
Retail's Future

By Chris Timko, More from Less

There are now a huge variety of material handling technology options out there – incredible innovations in robotics, sophisticated planning software, and IoT capabilities. Omni-channel distribution is the future, and the technology to achieve it efficiently is at our fingertips. Particularly impressive is the promise of great versatility when it comes to the variation in packaging size, volume, and type inherent in omni-channel shipping.

What about the huge legacy of material handling technology already in place for retailers – hundreds of DCs, decades of history and investment, countless ‘bolt on’ additions to help drive efficiency when full-scale replacement is cost-prohibitive?