MODEX 2018 - supply chain, manufacturing, distribution trade show
Georgia World Congress Center
  Atlanta, GA | April 9-12, 2018
  • MODEX the leading trade show for supply chain, manufacturing and distribution industries

Three Ways to Cost-Justify and Investment in Freezer Warehouse Automation

Sponsored by TGW Systems Inc.

  • Seminar Number
  • Date Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Location Theater A
  • Type Seminar

Presented By

Andrew Lockhart - Vice President Integrated Systems Sales
TGW Systems Inc.
Andy.Lockhart@TGW-Group.com
616 414 2633 (w)

 

What You Will Learn

The U.S. frozen foods market is built on delivering consumer convenience. With advantages ranging from ease and speed of frozen food preparation, to healthier eating trends, to easier portion control through pre-packaged, single-serve frozen novelty treats, consumers appreciate the variety of options they have across all categories. Those options and choices will only continue to grow as both established manufacturers and new players introduce more products and organic, natural and meatless offerings. In addition to a profusion of stock keeping units (SKUs) and overall volume, there’s the current expansion of grocery shopping choices: in-store small and large formats, online order/at store pick up, home delivery, and more. That means retailers and distributors must deal with more frequent, smaller, split-case and varied orders both to stores and direct to consumers than ever before. But in an era where warehousing labor is already hard to find, hiring and retaining people to pick, pack and fill such complex orders manually inside a freezer is a particular challenge. Complicating matters, building and energy consumption standards are becoming more and more strict. Manual operations attempting to gain more space within the freezer can’t extend building height beyond the limitations of forklift reach, yet horizontal expansion may not be possible if a facility is landlocked. Further, the larger the footprint of a freezer, the more it costs to cool it. While most ambient distribution center operators facing similar challenges (SKU proliferation, labor shortages, energy efficiency concerns, space constraints) have increasingly considered automated systems, freezer operators have not. That is frequently due to the two-fold misconception that automation cannot work in extreme cold environments, or must be extensively (and expensively) customized in order to do so. In actuality, selecting, implementing and cost justifying freezer warehouse automation is not only possible, it’s been done—both in greenfield installations and brownfield facility retrofits, end-to-end or one area at a time.
 

Key Takeaways

This session examines the key equipment and supplier characteristics to look for, as well as explains three ways to cost-justify the investment in the right automated material handling solution for a frozen product distribution application.

 

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