SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

February 08, 2007 14:16 ET

Warehouse Automation Reducing Labor Costs, Boosting On-Time Orders by as Much as 2X

Pick-to-Light, Voice -- Driving Up Pick Rates

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 8, 2007 -- Automated warehouse solutions -- pick-to-light, voice, AS/RS, and others -- are driving monumental results for users, despite what some enterprises view as high upfront costs. This is according to Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

Exploring the following automated warehousing solutions -- bar coding, AS/RS, pick-to-light, sortation, conveyor, voice technology, and carts -- Aberdeen was able to determine which automated solution(s) most appropriately address warehouse executives specific concerns.

Among some of the more compelling findings in Aberdeen's "Warehouse Automation -- What's Really Working For Pallet, Case, and Piece Pick Operations" is that top performers are also early adopters. In addition:

--  Top labor cost performers are nearly TWICE as likely to be using a
    pick-to-light system versus their counterparts.
--  Pick-to-light and voice technology are the top two options for picking
    accuracy.
--  Bar coding is no longer the productivity differentiator it once was.
    When used in conjunction with other forms of automation, it is still a
    viable solution.
    
"Finally, end users can see which technologies are really working and correlate strongly with improved warehouse performance," says Ian Hobkirk, Senior Analyst, Aberdeen. "With such a tangible ROI, warehouse innovators should no longer use price as an excuse to shy away from automation."

To download a complimentary copy of this report, underwritten by Cape Systems and Loftware Inc. please visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=3867.

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