Automation Material Handling: What You Need to Know Before You Launch an eCommerce Strategy
As an eCommerce business leader, you’re always searching for ways to sell products and manage orders in the most economical way possible. This is especially essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, where every dollar and every choice makes a large impact on your bottom line and your customers’ experience. So, what’s your best course of action in today’s business landscape? Install and implement an automated materials handling process that you can trust to keep your company on track.
What exactly is automated materials handling?
Automated materials handling is a process that maximizes technological solutions and minimizes the need for humans to check-in, check out, sort materials, and move products.
There are many benefits to automated materials handling, including:
- Reducing labor costs
- Enhancing order fulfillment accuracy
- Minimizing human error
- Increasing warehouse safety
As automated materials handling evolves, there’s one development that is sweeping the industry: micro fulfillment. This is the next frontier of automation materials handling for any size retailer, and companies like Kroger are already reaping its benefits.
Micro fulfillment is strategically focused on smaller storage, making it ideal for needs like online pick-up orders. It simplifies your input, handling everything from SKU numbers to the timeframe in which orders will be delivered. With the effects of COVID-19 changing the way businesses operate, this becomes a necessary management shift.
While this new advancement is key to growing eCommerce, there are many factors to automation material handling. Because all projects are slightly different, it’s important to pick a partner who can help you find the best needs for your goals and objectives.
At Hy-Tek, we take the success of your eCommerce management seriously. We know there’s no one solution that meets every company’s needs. That’s why when you work with our team, we send out a minimum of three solutions that best fit your budgetary and management needs.
How does our team determine the best solutions for your business? We take a close, comprehensive look at elements like the size of your business, the number of people moving through your facilities, your business’s operational readiness, your customer experience objectives, the software required to achieve your goals, and more.
One concern many of our clients surface is the speed at which they can implement automation material handling systems within their facilities. While speed may seem like a crucial factor, it’s actually not the best indicator of efficiency and experience. Some better indicators of success include happy customers, efficient turn times, and a decrease in returned “wrong sent items.” Our team can work with you to implement a solution that fits your timeline, but we place a stronger emphasis on the longevity of the solution to ensure it is the perfect fit for years to come.
Today, our top solution to automation material handling is ECOMPLETE. Created with the experts at Johnson Stephens Consulting (JSC), this solution is perfect for first-time eCommerce businesses and companies looking to improve their existing platforms. It’s a one-stop-shop for eCommerce components, taking sellers from click to ship with ease.
There are five main reasons our customers love ECOMPLETE:
ECOMPLETE is a comprehensive solution that includes all the software and transportation management systems required to reach your objectives.
This solution can automate material handling for any size company, from Fortune 500 brands to start-up companies.
ECOMPLETE takes a modular structure to fill gaps and add additional structures that allow you to take your existing business to the next level.
Our team is here to help you every step of the way with training courses and resources that ensure you’re working as efficiently as possible.
- Micro Fulfillment
To provide the most fitting solution for your facility, we analyze your data volume and timeframe to create a fully-automated retrieval system that is lightweight and can work well in any distribution center.
Today, it’s more important than ever to perfect your eCommerce strategy and ensure your customers are receiving accurate orders quickly and with a pleasant experience. If you’re not yet pursuing a solution to cut down on the time your customers spend waiting for orders, your business is likely already suffering severe losses. But our team can help.
By working with Hy-Tek and JSC, you can implement an ECOMPLETE solution that helps you make the most of your business in a difficult market. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you overcome the most taxing automation material handling challenges
Insights provided by Josh Duane; Director of Sales – Southern Operations at Hy-Tek Integrated Systems.