Navigating Omnichannel Complexities
In today’s dynamic business environment, marked by labor shortages, increasing demand for warehouse space, and growing customer expectations, warehouses need to adopt more streamlined approaches to fulfilling orders. This is especially true in the general merchandise sector, which also grapples with fluctuating replenishment demands in physical stores and the need for swift e-commerce order delivery.
Unifying Store Replenishment & e-Commerce
Managing store replenishment and e-commerce orders from different sites or separate automated warehouse systems is a common practice, yet it often results in inefficiencies that impact business profitability. However, the Skypod system, utilizing goods-to-person robotics, integrates these channels seamlessly. This unified approach enables efficient storage and retrieval of SKUs at both case and piece levels, enhancing warehouse performance, efficiency, and adaptability into the unpredictable future.
Streamlining General Merchandise Warehouse Fulfillment
Explore the benefits offered by the Skypod system for omnichannel fulfillment
The Skypod system utilizes goods-to-person robotics that move goods between high-density storage racks and ergonomic picking stations. This streamlined approach boosts throughput by up to 5X compared to manual operations.
Additionally, our robots can retrieve any item in the system in under two minutes. The result is an accelerated order fulfillment process, ensuring that you can consistently meet demanding cut-off delivery times, regardless of the delivery channel.
Navigating the delicate balance between overstocking and stockouts becomes especially challenging when factoring in the distinct requirements and sales trends of individual stores, coupled with the dynamic preferences of e-commerce customers. Our approach removes complexity by consolidating store and e-commerce order fulfillment in a single system. This eliminates expenses related to scattered stock and enhances visibility for a more strategic and efficient approach to restocking, so you can store precisely what is needed, when it is needed.
The Skypod system streamlines the shipment of full and/or mixed cases from your warehouse to stores, a task that is both costly and labor-intensive when done manually. This capability empowers your businesses to:
- Drive Sales: Expand sales opportunities by offering a diverse selection of merchandise at stores
- Better Deploy Capital: Strategically allocate inventory to high-demand locations
- Drive Customer Loyalty: Maximize repeat business by ensuring that customers can always find the items they are looking for
Consolidating your store replenishment and e-Commerce fulfillment needs into a single system, rather than managing multiple systems, offers a number of cost benefits:
- Reduce manual labor requirements: Our goods-to-person robots reduce labor requirements for the most physically intensive and repetitive tasks associated with warehouse picking. Additionally, the efficiency of the Skypod system enables reduced in-store labor requirements, streamlining inventory organization and deliveries according to store layouts and merchandise categories
- Reduce holding costs: Improve alignment between stock levels and demand so you can avoid overstocking and reduce holding costs associated with maintaining excess inventory
- Reduce transportation costs: Reduce the number of unnecessary transportation trips by sending a wider variety of products through a combination of full and/or mixed cases
The growth of your product catalog shouldn’t necessitate an expansion of your warehouse space. Our high-density storage racks reach up to 39 feet tall, utilizing the full height of your general merchandise warehouse so your inventory storage and order fulfillment operations can take place within a smaller footprint.
Our modular system fits the broadest range of throughput, storage, and industry requirements. Whether you are adding an e-commerce channel, changing the number and structure of your SKUs, or moving from B2B to B2C fulfillment, our system can meet your needs today and quickly change as your business model evolves over time.
The system provides the flexibility to independently scale throughput and storage according to your specific requirements, allowing you to expand precisely as needed without incurring unnecessary costs for excess equipment. Need to increase throughput? That’s as easy as adding more robots, which can be done within minutes. Picking stations can be added within days, while expanding storage capacity with extra racks can be completed in a matter of weeks.
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