Maersk brings scanning technology to warehouse ops

Maersk introduces scanning technology to warehouse ops

Maersk has developed a new technology to optimise order picking, batch packing, and stock replenishment in warehouse fulfilment operations.

The new technology combines a cloud-based software developed in Silicon Valley and industrial scanning technology, which works alongside workers in the warehouse to provide instant scanning of items and optimise every aisle for order picking based on real-time inventory data.

The system is designed to work alongside workers.

According to Steve Belardi, Vice President of Operations at Performance Team: “Quicker and more accurate order fulfilment enables us to meet the faster needs of consumer mobile orders and store orders.

“The ability to have high-performance fulfilment for both B2B and B2C channels from the same warehouse gives an important edge to supply chain flexibility.”

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The mobile units use 3D cameras and multiple sensors that have proven to be 100 per cent safe over a seven-month trial period. Battery life is eight hours, and the mobile units know when to return to the charging station.

Maersk said the implementation of this technology has resulted in increased warehouse throughput and faster ecommerce order processing.

“Warehouse operations and distribution strategies get more sophisticated every year. Our goal is to continue to rollout the most successful, new, innovative technologies that enable digital sales growth for customers,” added Maersk’s Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Growth, Erez Agmoni.

Maersk expects an abrupt decline from booming profits in 2022 as the container shipping bull run comes to an end.

Revenue in 2022 increased by 32 per cent to $81.5 billion, while EBIT (operating profit) soared to $30.9 billion, or 57 per cent year-on-year.

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