The supply chain world has undergone major changes over the past few years, and the resulting expectations on what supply chains can deliver have never been higher—adding new pressures and challenges that require new innovations. The rise of ecommerce and omnichannel fulfillment combined with labor volatility and cost constraints has created more pressure on the supply chain than ever before.

And the industry has responded with tremendous growth in advanced automation.

Robot Revolution

The challenge is that different types of automation do not naturally communicate. They are not aware of each other, much less the supporting workforce. Getting maximum throughput within the distribution center requires coordinating and orchestrating every asset to work together—automation, robotics, and people.

In any distribution center setting, there are five “natural” resources to manage: orders, inventory, labor, planned work, and automation. Manhattan Active® Warehouse Management has orchestrated four of those five with tremendous success over the past 30 years and was recently recognized as a WMS leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the 15th time.

Manhattan has added automation to deliver complete command and control of the warehouse, with the industry’s first WES built into a WMS. And it doesn’t matter what kind you have or how much of it you use.

Manhattan has also made it easy to add new automation through the Manhattan Automation Network, consisting of industry-leading providers, so you know your new technology will plug right into Manhattan Active WM. Together, they create an ecosystem that helps get automation initiatives up and running faster than ever before.

Coordinated Control

Coordination and collaboration across discrete and individual pieces of advanced automation in the warehouse only become more powerful when those systems are connected and aware of each other.

More than ever, warehouse management must be approached from a perspective that considers any combination of human and automation capacity together. With the combination of native WES and Order Streaming capabilities, Manhattan Active WM is the only solution that enables total visibility across the distribution center, complete flexibility for automation growth, and maximum utilization of all resources.

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