Today’s omnichannel environment demands greater flexibility, responsiveness and speed than ever before. There are more channels and more flow paths that must be optimized in real-time for the greatest efficiency and lowest cost across inventory, labor, workflow and equipment. But getting these processes and 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. Companies often customize or extend WMS to meet advanced requirements, but this creates additional cost, complexity and risk. Upgrades to a single component can require that the entire system be retested. Advanced processes and systems need a higher level of better trained users and operators. And as systems become more complex, maintenance and support become more difficult.
What is the Solution?
Distribution leaders need warehouse software that allows them to respond quickly to dynamic changes in the business with a robust and reliable platform that allows the fastest processing possible with the lowest total cost and greatest flexibility for future innovations.
The system must be:
Able to intelligently manage and control the flow of work through the distribution center
Equipment-agnostic and integrate with many material handling suppliers, software vendors and sub-systems
Built with an architecture that supports industry standards and that can scale to meet the growth needs of the business
Ensure data and user security, while being open for integration
Easy to learn and intuitive for users of all levels, on a multitude of hardware platforms
Delivered by 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.
FortnaWES™ Enables Distribution Operations to Run Agile Fulfillment™
Fortna has provided intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years through its FortnaWCS™ product. Like its predecessor, FortnaWES™ remains MHS and WMS agnostic and further optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of legacy systems and automated solutions.
Pull-driven fulfillment execution maximizes throughput and optimizes inventory, labor, workflow and equipment in complex, high-volume, multi-channel, and automated distribution operations. It helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the DC and improve service levels. FortnaWES™ is built for these types of dynamic environments.
FortnaWES™ is built upon existing platform services that combine the best-of-breed integration, technology, real-time controls and system services that Fortna clients rely on. FortnaWES™ uses the right balance of technology, science-backed algorithms and modern software development methodology to help clients solve challenges through innovation.
Being agile is key to future-proofing the business. FortnaWES™ was built to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume distribution centers. As part of an optimal design, Fortna offers a scalable, modular and configurable approach to WES so clients can select and deploy only the solutions that are needed for today’s environment plus have the flexibility to add more services as the business grows and needs change. Further, FortnaWES™ is configurable to make the systems integration, operational maintenance and path to upgrade easier.
FortnaWES™ provides comprehensive solutions organized into Platform, Fulfillment Flow, Visibility and Intelligence services to enable complex, high volume distribution centers to Run Agile Fulfillment™.
Integration – enables real-time integration between enterprise systems, like ERP and WMS, and material handling equipment and sub-systems.
Automation and Real-Time Control – a single point of control and visibility over disparate material handling equipment and sub-systems from various manufacturers.
Systems Services – leverage industry leading standard certified technologies for advanced security, authentication, access control, system monitoring, clustering and visualization.
Fulfillment Flow Services
Monitors and controls the flow of product through all areas of the DC with real-time business logic to plan and execute work.
Instantly makes optimization decisions about what should be routed where to ensure continuous flow.
Visibility and Intelligence Services
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.
Omnichannel fulfillment requires flexibility, responsiveness and speed.
Hardware, software and controls are constantly evolving.
Solutions from multiple vendors are not integrated.
Updates are costly, time-consuming and risky.
System complexity can make training, maintenance and support difficult.