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While some believe that the Warehouse Management space is mature, others
continue to invest in the rapidly evolving landscape of distribution robotics.
A case in point are Order Fulfillment Systems in which the WMS directly controls
picking sub-systems such as Voice, pick carts, put walls and pick-to-light
without the need for any additional third-party control software.
This provides significant benefits to distribution operations, such as
dramatically lowering hardware costs for the picking sub-systems and devices,
eliminating the need for integration between the WMS and the picking system
control software, and enabling enhanced optimization of the end-to-end picking
process through complete control with one system.
Current WMS research includes areas such areas as capturing and utilizing demand
signals from IOT devices, use of next-generation real-time location systems in
the DC and leveraging machine learning techniques in the WMS.
Outlook Series' Michael Lippis interviews Dan Gilmore to gain Softeon's perspective on
the Warehouse of the Future.
Dan is the chief marketing officer