In 2007 we saw the launch of the iPhone, heralding a new digitalera. Since then, our personal lives have undergone dramatic change.We are always connected, and able to communicate with the rest of theworld anytime and anywhere, generating huge volumes of data.READ MORE
Asia. The largest continent on Earth and home to over 60 % of the world's population. This figure alone signifies the relevance of this part of the world for the global economy. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, the entire Asian economy has benefited from strong growth. Even countries that were comparatively little affected, like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, record annual growth rates of 5 to 7 %. The same goes for India and Thailand. The only exceptions are Singapore and China, whose projected growth rates are lower.READ MORE
The traditional boundaries between physical and digital retail are blurring. Worldwide, customers are increasingly making use of the ability to buy from anywhere, at any time. And they expect rapid, reliable delivery – to their home, or to a designated pick-up point. There must also be an effective way of managing returns. Altogether, these needs and expectations can only be met with powerful, state-of-the-art intralogistics.READ MORE
You will definitely have heard of this invention but won’t have related it to logistics: the self-driving car! It is mostly associated with the stubby Google car or adventurous YouTube videos from Tesla customers.READ MORE
The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Things are hot topics at the moment. Both have become determining factors in the industrial processes that not only have a significant effect on the production of goods, but also on logistics. The complex, interconnected systems that have come into being between production and storage can no longer be handled without modern, high-tech solutions. As digitalisation has increased, intralogistics has become a technology driver.READ MORE
Robotics and automation are vital aspects of digital transformation – and human-robot collaboration (HRC) has a pivotal role to play. HRC entails people and machines working not simply alongside each other, but actively cooperating. Contrary to popular belief, automation will not replace humans in the long run. Instead, robots will relieve people of monotone and strenuous activities. In particular, machines can efficiently perform tasks that are potentially unhealthy or very difficult, which will ultimately protect employee well-being.READ MORE
Online sales are rising rapidly across Europe. Consumers are very willing to make purchases over the Internet. In 2016, the volume of trade transacted over electronic channels grew by 15 percent year-on-year, to a total of 530 billion euros in a market with a total population of 500 million. And studies* have shown that buying and selling via online platforms continues to grow.READ MORE
Computers can be used to quickly process and analyze large volumes of data in complex settings. Self-learning machines can recognize and remember patterns, and then react as we would when new situations with similar patterns arise, provided that we have defined the ideal result.READ MORE
Warehouse management systems find routes that will minimize the distance covered between storage and picking points. Parameters can be adjusted to apply various strategies that will boost efficiency levels while still ensuring that goods are handled correctly.READ MORE
The starting point: A sudden increase of orders and a broken pallet led to major delays in the warehouse. In the example of Ines and Max, there are a number of ways in which the system can take action.READ MORE
The wide range of modular, scalable automation solutions by SSI SCHAEFER covers the steadily growing requirements for goods handling in the healthcare and cosmetics industries. Modern piece picking robots with integrated scan functionality ensure efficient picking as well as precise identification and verification of products to conform with regulations for tracking and tracing.READ MORE
Warehouse automation has many advantages: it increases the efficiency and speed of order processing, helps to reduce costs and reduces the number of errors caused by people. However, there are still doubtful opinions on if it necessary to automate the warehouse. SSI SCHÄFER's expert shares his opinion on some popular misconceptions about automation and explains why they don’t reflect the way things really are.READ MORE
With conventional storage systems, only a single – albeit important – aspect of the system is shown: the purely technical situation. Traditional visualization systems are not capable of meeting the current and future requirements of an intralogistics system and are therefore no longer adequate sources of information upon which to operate an installation. Other important aspects, such as the material flow or the comparison of key performance indicators (KPIs), are not usually considered in sufficient detail.READ MORE
Ines and Max are sitting in the warehouse control center monitoring the operating states of the material flow systems on the screens that surround them. The visualization does not show any incidents, everything appears to be running smoothly. In fact, it looks like today is going to be a pretty boring day...READ MORE
The Enterprise Solutions business segment at SSI SCHAEFER is defined as the logistical control instrument between warehouse, transport, and customer. In short, it is about sustainably and holistically fulfilling customer requests.
EVP Enterprise, Hannes Neubauer, explains how this works in practice and what is behind these intelligent solutions.
The challenges facing the industry require tailor-made solutions for complex material flows in production-related warehouses. Holistic concepts, which can be represented by manual, partially automated, or fully automated systems, are essential for intralogistics processes.READ MORE
Less is more when it comes to complex logistics processes. SSI SCHAEFER has
equipped numerous premises of the Swiss retail and wholesale company,
the COOP Group, with a single logistics software system, WAMAS.
HUMAN CREATIVITY AND ANALYTICAL AI — A SUSTAINABLE COMBINATION
Artificial intelligence (AI) is opening up new possibilities for us in both the private and industrial spheres.
Flexible solution for a wide range of applications
With the SSI Order Veriﬁer, items from an already picked customer order can be identiﬁed, counted, checked, veriﬁed, and documented in a single step – regardless whether the article is cubic or cylindrical, packaged in a blister pack, tube, or bag.
Intelligent solutions for individual shopping carts
The rapidly growing sector of online retailing places a high demand on intralogistics for grocers. Constant cost restraints, the growing demand for order today and deliver today, along with the need for higher process efficiencies, mandate companies apply the dynamics of e-grocery to their supply chain.
Go back five years in time and look at how you did your shopping then. Now compare it to your purchasing style today. No industry has ever changed as dramatically as retail after the introduction of e-commerce. Stores are open 24/7 both online and offline and consumers are ready to purchase 24/7 as well. This new type of retailing influences logistics a lot, as customers expect easy shopping, fast deliveries, smooth returns and quality customer service – no matter if they do their purchasing online or offline. Companies operating within retail meet these demands by optimizing their warehouse logistics.READ MORE
Everybody is talking about climate protection. Discussed in-depth in society and linked to global campaigns, the topic of sustainability is also increasingly becoming a decisive criterion in logistics to ensure whether the offered solutions are viable. This is nothing new for SSI SCHAEFER as the topic corresponds to the long-term view on Green Logistics that was firmly engrained at an early stage. This is part of our Think Tomorrow. philosophy according to which we plan logistics solutions that are tailored to our customers’ needs and continually optimized with a view towards long-term criteria - this is the basis of our success.READ MORE
Social media, streaming services, and search engines – more and more services and systems are benefiting from the advantages of cloud computing. With the increasing complexity of IT and software infrastructures within and between companies, professional cloud solutions can help with the development of efficient and flexible company processes.READ MORE
An activity is carried out efficiently and effectively when it comes easy and follows clear processes. In order to meet these requirements, as part of the ergonomics@work!® program, we implement special picking stations designed to motivate employees, promote peak performance and significantly improve ergonomics at the work station. Movements such as lifting and carrying are assisted with ergonomic pulling and pushing. This means optimization of workflows and work heights. The goal is to create “feel-good work stations” that feature intuitive operator guidance using intelligent communication and display systems. The solutions are specifically tailored to the customer’s needs.READ MORE
In the following interview, Elie Zita provides an overview of how digitalization has revolutionized customer service, guaranteeing maximized system availability and sustainability as a result of customized, predictive maintenance.READ MORE
Maxing out all possible savings and protecting the environment – this characterizes our nesting containers. These containers are in fact space-saving miracles and ensure a decisive performance increase. Learn more about volume reduction potentials of 75 to 80 %.READ MORE
As the number of items in your warehouse exceeds a certain volume, it’s getting more and more difficult to process orders manually. This is a sign to think about automation. However, instead of adopting new technologies, many companies are expanding their staff.READ MORE
Grocery, Logistics, and Sustainability: Customised Solution for Absolute Sequence
Back in 2017 NorgesGruppen ASA, one of the leading retail groups in Scandinavia, commissioned SSI Schaefer to build a new logistics centre for its subsidiary company ASKO OSLOFJORD AS (ASKO).
Sometimes what you have is just not enough anymore. For example, capacity of your warehouse used to be ambitiously high but with the recent growth, it seems to close fast.READ MORE
Intralogistics is about complex long-term relationship with multiple personal contacts at each stage from layout design over implementation to life time service. To achieve operations efficiency in this matter it is essential to have maximum availability and rapid reaction under any circumstances.READ MORE
A Vertical Lift Module (VLM) can cover both challenges at once. The construction inside looks like two shelve racks at the front and back of the module with a lift in between. The lift moves up and down to pick up the needed tray and bring it to the access point in the front. The system allows users to select trays through the user interface. When the tray reaches the access opening, the needed goods can be selected from it.
How can we help you? Benefits at a glance.
Whether your processes are manual or automated, we got you!
Any business is intended to perfect the products they sell, master the quality, enhance customer service and build loyalty with clients. This perfection is unreachable without the basics – lean and transparent operations at the logistics centre. With that said one of the most common problems logistics managers face is inefficiently organized storage space.
Ergonomics and improved work station layout, introducing a safety culture, specific work instructions and the introduction of regular safety checks ensure a safe warehouse environment. While this may sound straightforward, it is often neglected in practice and can unfortunately result in accidents. Make your warehouse safer.READ MORE
Black Friday 2020 definitely stood out from the ordinary way because it was mostly online. Multiple shops were either closed or had a limitation of visitors, and, therefore, put extra effort in arranging its e-commerce sector to thrive. 2021 will not also bring pre-covid crowds to the stores, but there will definitely be a solid mixture of both channels. Online, however, is forecasted to reign.READ MORE
The Ultimate Journey From Manual To Automation
We asked 20 business owners “What does automating your warehouse involve?”. All the replies discussed how an automated warehouse had a greater future perspective, but only after going through a painfully long and expensive installation with multiple reorganizations. But does it always have to be this way, or have you just been looking at the wrong solutions?
Successful fulfillment has become a multidimensional and complex service within the supply chain. Automated, highly dynamic warehouses in particular require sophisticated order fulfillment software solutions: such as those offered by the WAMAS Warehouse Control System (WCS). Modern WCS systems are the first choice in automated warehouses across all industries. They connect both people and performance modules and help align order fulfillment efficiently.READ MORE
Every last inch of space in your warehouse is taken – so what do you do now? Looking for a bigger building is one option, but it’s not the only one. Perhaps you could use your space even more efficiently? This may take a lot of time, effort, and planning, but with the right partner by your side you can maximize the potential of the space already available to you.READ MORE
The e-commerce sector continues to grow exponentially and promises rapidly increasing sales. However, at the same time, the number of returns is constantly rising, which puts a strain on margins. The fashion industry suffers from this development, as it wants its products to be available for the customer as quickly as possible to prevent loss of value in the seasonal business. Automation is an effective solution of meeting this ideal.READ MORE
The ability to effectively meet customer needs by delivering the right products to the right location at the right time is one of the main concerns of a logistics manager. A warehouse is no longer just a space for inventory storage and handling. It is a key element in the supply chain, strategic performance, and even customer satisfaction.READ MORE