MANAGEMENT

Korber recognized by Gartner® in 2021 Critical Capabilities for Warehouse Management Systems Report

Körber Supply Chain | September 18, 2021

Korber recognized by Gartner® in 2021 Critical Capabilities for Warehouse Management Systems Report
Körber has been recognized in all five-warehouse operation use cases in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Warehouse Management Systems Report. The Critical Capabilities report, which empowers businesses to align their warehouse complexity with specific WMS solutions, is the sequential report to the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WMS report that placed Körber as a Leader.

"Körber understands that supply chains have become increasingly complex in response to an ever-evolving market, and businesses need help finding and investing in technology solutions to prepare them for whatever lies ahead," said Chad Collins, CEO Software at Körber Business Area Supply Chain. "In Körber, our customers have a partner that provides WMS solutions that are uniquely adapted for any business strategy and growth model. We are there every step of the way to ensure they are always set up for success. I believe it is that comprehensive set of products and services that helped Körber to be recognized in the July 2021 Critical Capabilities report."

Today's supply chains must handle more products, suppliers and distribution channels, while facing rising consumer expectations. To overcome these challenges, Körber's solutions drive value through facility optimization, digitization and process automation, enhancing end customer experiences and strengthening labor engagement, safety & efficiency, as well as sustainability, agility & resilience against disruptions. These focus areas are critical in determining how Körber evolves its WMS and supporting solutions for even the most complex, highly automated operations.

To continue delivering value, Körber recently announced the evolution of Körber's flagship technology platform, Körber One. The platform uses low-code adaptability solutions, achieved through the adoption of next-generation technologies. Körber One allows businesses to take full advantage of new capabilities without going through a difficult implementation or migration.

"With Körber, customers know that together, we'll find a solution to every challenge. We offer a unique depth of technology and expertise that would be difficult to find with any other partner," said Rene Hermes, CMO at Körber Business Area Supply Chain. "The Körber One platform is just the latest demonstration of our ability to use our industry insights to guide us in how we look ahead and create solutions designed to meet the future of supply chain advancements."

About the Körber Business Area Supply Chain
Supply chains are growing more complex by the day. Körber uniquely provides a broad range of proven, end-to-end supply chain solutions fitting any business size, strategy or appetite for growth. Capable of delivering software, automation, voice, robotics, and materials handling – plus the expertise to tie it all together. We are a global partner not just for today, but also as the needs of supply chains continue to evolve. Conquer supply chain complexity – with Körber. The Business Area Supply Chain is part of the global technology group Körber.

Spotlight

The interview was featured on CNN's “Market Place Africa” program and follows his recent visit to South Africa.President and CEO of GE Transportation, Russell Stokes, was interviewed on CNN recently, looking at transportation in Africa.


Other News

Collaborative warehouse bots are critical to e-commerce success, Shopify exec says

6 River Systems | September 16, 2020

A spike in e-commerce volumes driven by coronavirus travel restrictions may slow down after a safe vaccine is eventually found, but its impact on fulfillment automation processes is here to stay, according to a top executive at Shopify, an e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). As the pandemic prevented consumers from congregating in brick and mortar stores, so many of them turned to e-commerce shopping that the online retail sector experienced five years’ worth of growth in the past three months alone, Shopify’s chief technology officer, Jean-Michel Lemieux, said today. From less than 1% in 2000, the share of e-commerce retail sales as a percent of total retail sales rose to 5% in 2011 and 10% in 2018 before leaping above 16% during the second quarter of 2020, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. That curve may soon begin to flatten a bit, but the post-Covid “new normal” will feature e-commerce levels in the range of 20%, 30%, or even 40% of all retail, Lemieux said in remarks at Flow 2020, the annual user conference held by autonomous mobile robot (AMR) vendor 6 River Systems. Ottawa, Ontario-based Shopify acquired Waltham, Massachusetts-based 6 River in 2019 for $450 million in a bid to use its collaborative "Chuck" robots to boost fulfillment efficiency for warehouse staffers managing inventory for distribution. That deal looked at first like amazon.com's move to buy Kiva Systems Inc. in 2012 for $775 million, and then take the product off the market, keeping its robots for the sole use of Amazon’s own DCs. But Shopify was quick to say that it will continue selling 6 River’s Chuck bots to the entire logistics market, and Lemieux reiterated that stance today.

Read More

6 River Systems upgrades its robotic fulfillment solution

6 River Systems | September 25, 2020

6 River Systems has made a series of enhancements to its robotic fulfillment solution. 6 River, part of e-commerce platform provider Shopify, revealed the upgrade during its second annual user conference, FLOW 2020. David Vallance, director of product at 6 River Systems, says: “We have developed a strategic product roadmap at 6RS to find and address the next level of efficiencies to help our customers meet ever-changing demand and drive value to their own customers. “We’ve grown from providing picking robots to supporting inbound to outbound tasks within the four walls of the warehouse. Our latest set of enhancements are another exciting step forward in the evolution of our company and our industry.” To provide more visibility into operations and increase efficiency, 6RS developed The Bridge, an overarching tool that connects the data from what’s happening on the ground in a physical warehouse operation to an intuitive cloud-based control center. This tool gives customers the ability to fine tune and control each aspect of their operation and optimize their warehouse to meet the unique needs of the business by leveraging the following features:

Read More

Project Verte Deploys 6 River Systems Solutions in Atlanta Distribution Center

6 River Systems | September 25, 2020

6 River Systems (6RS) announced its deployment with Project Verte, a full circle e-commerce solution provider that helps brands grow and directly engage with customers. 6RS will support fulfillment activities at Project Verte’s distribution center (DC) in Atlanta, which fulfills orders for numerous retailers and brands. The Atlanta DC will also serve as 6 River Systems’ southeast hub for site tours, allowing fulfillment professionals in the Atlanta area to tour an active, high-volume warehouse powered by flexible automation solutions. Project Verte enables sellers to connect to every sales channel and seamlessly manage all aspects of a customer journey through a single seller platform. Their offering includes the Verte Seller Platform and the nationwide Verte Fulfillment Network that provides 2-day delivery. With Project Verte, brands can “sell anywhere and fulfill in every way while managing everything” with one platform that powers every element of a unified commerce customer journey. "Our deployment of 6 River Systems reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision of changing the world of fulfillment, logistics and e-commerce,” said Bob Klunk, COO, Project Verte. “Project Verte exists to enable brands to serve their own customers with an advanced and easy to use digital platform, and with the addition of 6 River Systems' collaborative robots in our warehouse, we are also able to guarantee SLA performance and a best in class experience." To better support Project Verte and its other 3PL, retailer and distributor partners, 6 River Systems recently expanded the software capabilities of its wall-to-wall fulfillment solution. The new capabilities have been designed to help senior-level warehouse operators further improve site management, gain more concrete business transparency across singular or multiple sites and accelerate their return on investment.

Read More

Adoption of the Internet of Robotics Things Accelerates

6 River Systems | September 29, 2020

Adoption of smart robotics has accelerated this year, driving sophisticated automation in various environments. Introducing Internet of Things (IoT) functionality to robots isn’t new, however. In 2014, ABI Research introduced the concept of the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT). The term described intelligent devices that can monitor events going on around them, integrate various sensor data types, use local and distributed intelligence to determine the best courses of action before manipulating or controlling physical objects. In September 2016, MarketsandMarkets released a report estimating that the IoRT market will be valued at approximately $21.44 billion by 2022, driven by adoption in the e-commerce industry. Connected robots can integrate with various technologies and offer a short payback period and ROI, the report noted.

Read More

Spotlight

The interview was featured on CNN's “Market Place Africa” program and follows his recent visit to South Africa.President and CEO of GE Transportation, Russell Stokes, was interviewed on CNN recently, looking at transportation in Africa.

Resources

Events

Conference