UPS Supply Chain Solutions is implementing new warehouse network technology designed to make its distribution centers smarter and more efficient. The new Warehouse Execution System (WES) was developed by Softeon and will enable faster order intake and define specific customer requirements resulting in more than 50% productivity gains for some customers.
“WES enables UPS to better leverage our global warehouse network and integrated technology to help our customers reduce capital, improve service and speed to end customers,” said Philippe Gilbert, president of Supply Chain Solutions. “We also can create more custom and turnkey outsourced fulfillment services to meet our customers’ unique supply chain needs.”
The WES’s real-time monitoring of capacity, fulfillment requirements, backlogs, and labor status allow UPS to identify and resolve potential disruptions before they arise. The WES implementation is part of UPS’s ongoing efforts to modernize warehouse operations via autonomous technology.
UPS is deploying Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) from Locus Robotics, which receive instruction from the WES to pick up and transport goods for order consolidation.