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Fortna Announces the Next Major Release of its Warehouse Execution Software Platform: FortnaWES™ 2019 R1 featuring Expanded Flexibility for E-Commerce

READING, PA (January 9, 2019) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, announced today the next generation release of its warehouse execution software platform, FortnaWES™ 2019 R1. Fortna has provided intelligent warehouse control capabilities for over 20 years, providing Clients with an industry-leading, flexible and agnostic approach to solution design.  This release builds on that strong foundation and further extends systems flexibility and controls capability into fulfillment execution, managing work and equipment capacity and optimizing picking, sorting and packing.

Enhanced flexibility and functionality to optimize e-commerce includes waveless order management, dynamic task optimization and order grouping, smart cart picking, pallet picking, and container management as well as label, exception and material flow management.

“Our mission is to make the distribution center a strategic advantage for our Clients while maximizing their return on investment,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “This is accomplished by our world-class WES that serves as the enabler for our material handling systems and WMS agnostic business model.  FortnaWES™ powers a new breed of omni-channel distribution focusing on growth, flexibility, efficiency, responsiveness and agility for fulfillment centers.”

FortnaWES™ was built to serve the needs of dynamic, high-volume, multi-channel and automated distribution operations. Science-based algorithms are the foundation for solving complex multi-variable problems in key optimization areas like order grouping, continuous picking and sortation assignments in this release.  FortnaWES™ helps reduce the fulfillment execution cycle time within the distribution center and improve service levels.

“Fortna’s scalable, modular and configurable approach to WES allows companies to select and deploy the solutions needed today plus have the flexibility to add functions as business needs evolve,” continues Shanmugasundaram. “FortnaWES™ further optimizes workflow, labor, and equipment across a wide variety of legacy systems and automated solutions and enables our Clients to Run Agile Fulfillment™.”

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

Fortna Announces the Successful Integration of FortnaWES™ to Robotic Solutions that Provide Flexible, Scalable Options for Distribution Operations

READING, PA (December 11, 2018) – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced that 2018 has been a year of successful initiatives to integrate flexible, scalable autonomous robotic solutions with the world-class FortnaWES™ warehouse execution system, allowing faster implementation times for distribution Clients.

In an on-going commitment to innovation, the Fortna R&D team has successfully integrated robotic solutions with FortnaWES™ to deliver exceptional flexibility, agility and responsiveness to enable complex, high-volume distribution centers in today’s omnichannel environment. Demand for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) has grown exponentially in recent years as realized benefits include reduced labor costs, increased worker productivity and increased safety when handling heavy loads. Fortna has been on the forefront of solution development with a hardware-agnostic approach that enables its Clients to implement the most appropriate technology for their unique business requirements regardless of supplier.

“This year, Fortna’s continuous innovation efforts focused on integrating industry-leading robotic technology with science-backed work flow software algorithms to drive impactful business results for our Clients,” says Shankar Shanmugasundaram, Fortna Vice President, Product R&D. “Various types of robotic solutions, integrated with FortnaWES™, reduce implementation time for distribution Clients who must respond quickly to labor challenges, market demands and rapidly evolving customer fulfillment requirements.”

One recent goods-to-person solution for a large specialty retailer uses bots to efficiently move large, heavy totes to packing stations, reducing the labor requirements. Another solution implemented for a large industrial distributor automated pallet movement from receiving to storage which resulted in a 30% increase in productivity, as well as 5-10% labor savings and safety improvements.

For more information about compelling business case justified applications for bots Fortna’s resource library includes articles like, “7 Truths about the Business Case for Collaborative Picking Robots” and “Bots Will Transform Your Distribution Operations – But It’s Probably Not the Way You Think.”

About Fortna Inc.
For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage.  Fortna helps Clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com

MMH Webcast: Create Agile Distribution Operations with Pull-driven Order Fulfillment

October 4, 2018

2:00 PM EDT

Join us as we compare push vs pull-driven fulfillment and demonstrate measurable performance differences between the two operating methods as a case study.

Register now

Fortna to Present Webcast on Pull-driven Fulfillment

READING, PA – Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, today announced an upcoming webcast to be presented by two leading authorities on warehouse execution systems and pull-driven fulfillment. “Create Agile Distribution Operations with Pull-driven Order Fulfillment” will be presented in conjunction with Modern Materials Handling on October 4, 2018.

Led by Fortna’s Russ Meller, Vice President, Solution Design and Research & Development and Roger Counihan, Vice President, Sales, this webcast will enable attendees to learn how pull-driven order fulfillment offers unprecedented flexibility and delivers lower order cycle times, increased service levels and potential cost savings.

“Pull-driven order fulfillment, enabled by advanced Warehouse Execution Systems, can improve responsiveness, lower order cycle times, increase worker productivity, and require less capital investment,” said Meller. “In this webcast we compare push vs pull-driven fulfillment and demonstrate measurable performance differences between the two operating methods as a case study,” added Counihan.

Highlights of the webcast will include learning the value of and key differences between pull-driven fulfillment and traditional push distribution operations and the role of warehouse execution systems in pull-driven fulfillment.

To register, click here

 

About Fortna Inc.

For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel.  Our expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution center operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.  For more, visit www.fortna.com.

 

Media Contact: Patti Satterfield, VP Global Marketing & Business Development
pattisatterfield@fortna.com