The Connected DC

The Digital Transformation in the Material Handling Industry

January, 2019

The unrelenting pace of e-commerce growth is pushing traditional distribution centers (DCs) beyond the limits of their capabilities. In this competitive environment, rising consumer expectations, high order volumes, SKU proliferation and seasonal inventory changes have introduced unprecedented fulfillment complexities.

Recently, leading e-retailers have looked at the concepts of digital transformation and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to address escalating distribution and fulfillment challenges. These retailers are recognizing the value and necessity of embarking on this technological journey — making the transitions from manual to automated processes; from disparate to connected workers and systems; and from localized to enterprise-wide visibility into all fulfillment activities.

It’s a transformation that Honeywell Intelligrated is enabling through our Connected Distribution Center offering. From machine-level sensors, connected workers, material handling equipment and robots to automated systems, cloud storage and insightful data analytics, we’re giving e-retailers the tools needed to increase the efficiencies of their operations.

Through the digitization of the fulfillment center, retailers can rise to the e-commerce challenge and lay the foundation for growth by capitalizing on information from every aspect of their operations. For many, simply beginning this transformation will help them address today’s service level challenges and allow them to do more, faster, across the entire enterprise.

The Connected Distribution Center is designed to help retailers meet the future head-on and achieve higher levels of reliability, utilization and productivity from all their assets — at a reduced cost. With each passing day, we’re gathering information that will help retailers drive greater degrees of autonomy across their enterprise — allowing them to leverage data for real-time decision making.


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