To meet customer expectations for better and faster fulfillment from multiple channels, distribution operations are becoming more complex and automated. New and innovative information systems, material handling equipment and processes are all contributing to making distribution operations real-time. But getting these solutions from multiple vendors to work together in a highly orchestrated and optimized flow can be difficult.
There is often a mix of legacy and new technologies from multiple suppliers with no standard architecture, protocols or interfaces. Upgrades to a single component can necessitate that the entire system be retested. Advanced processes and systems require a higher level of better trained users and operators. And as systems become more complex, maintenance and support become more difficult. Sophisticated new warehouse systems can help direct the operation, integrate all of the parts and ensure your DC can meet your customer’s fulfillment expectations.
What is the Solution?
Distribution leaders need warehouse software that is powerful enough to handle the complexities of today’s market and operation requirements. This means the system must be able to intelligently manage and control the flow of work through the distribution center. It must be equipment-agnostic and integrate with many material handling suppliers, software vendors and sub-systems. It must be built with an architecture that supports industry standards and that can scale to meet the growth needs of the business. And while needing to be open for integration, the system must also ensure data and user security.
The system needs to be easy to learn and intuitive for users of all levels, on a multitude of hardware platforms. Finally, the system must come from a company with a track record of investment and innovation. The company must have the strength and commitment to enhance and support the system for years to come.
Fortna Can Help
Fortna’s Warehouse Control System is a sophisticated software system that helps integrate and orchestrate today’s complex distribution environments, so you can meet your customer’s fulfilment needs.
Enables real-time integration between enterprise systems, like ERP and WMS, and material handling equipment and sub-systems
A single point of control & visibility over disparate material handling equipment and sub-systems from various manufacturers to manage all system capabilities
Controls the flow of product through all areas of the DC with real-time business logic to plan and execute work and assure continuous flow
Track from anywhere the operations flow, movements and status with real-time visualization, identify and alert staff to problems on an exception basis as they arise
Simulates actual, real-time DC behavior in a virtual environment, using real data
Today’s DCs are more complex, automated, and real-time.
Hardware, software and controls are constantly evolving.