AUTOMATING THE WAREHOUSE FOR A GREATER RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Automated solutions for distribution centers and warehouses have been around for years. Many systems are complex with many moving parts featuring sophisticated technologies and software. Introducing such systems into a warehouse can be a large and intimidating project, involving a good deal of time and money up front. So, how can companies justify such projects? The answer varies largely and is dependent upon a number of variables:
- How many SKU’s are in a given warehouse?
- How much inventory is in the warehouse?
- What is the size of the warehouse?
- What is the business case and requirements needed for automation?
- What is the payback period the client is expecting?
At Cirrus Tech, we know that successful projects begin with a well-documented understanding of these requirements in order to provide a sufficient ROI for the customer. That’s why before we implement an automated solution:
- We gather all the data needed to perform the financial analysis.
- We analyze all the numbers to find the most cost effective and efficient solution that provides the best possible fit for your business.
- We determine if the solution makes business and financial sense to implement.
Deciding to move to an automated warehouse needs to be a careful exercise in balancing risks with rewards. For us to implement an automated solution, it must meet the right blend of automation and common sense criteria for each customer. Does the ROI justify implementing the automation project and is the automated solution going to deliver on the ROI to provide a better, more productive and efficient way to manage operations? Cirrus Tech will work with your team to determine if the solution for your warehouse is the right blend of automation and common sense.
By choosing “The Crane” ASRS System from Cirrus Tech, we have gained efficiencies through our entire warehouse; how we receive, rotate and shuffle back stock, cycle count, pick and replenish pick locations. The real surprise was the efficiencies gained on the load building side. Cirrus Tech’s “Crane,” Cirrus WMS and Cirrus Directed Picking have helped us in all areas of the warehouse.
Choosing Cirrus Tech to implement, manage and support our Cirrus Automated Case Picking System has turned out to be one of the best decisions we've ever made. Cirrus Tech's commitment to partnership, coupled with their exceptional 24/7 support is best in the industry by a mile. We are proud to be partners with Cirrus Tech.
The Cirrus Tech Crane System not only saved us from doing a costly expansion, it also helped us organize our warehouse in a manner that put efficiencies in places that we would have never realized by building a new warehouse.
The Cirrus Tech Crane System provided our company an opportunity to consolidate an entire warehouse (Norfolk, NE) into the existing warehouse here in Fremont, NE. It will incorporate 5 years of growth while providing less than a 5 year ROI with the efficiencies of the system.
The Cirrus Crane System will increase our available pallet storage significantly. When we take into account the organization and many efficiencies the system will bring, this will be a real game changer for us in our warehouse.
The Crane System is the right fit for our operation. We will be able to build the expansion, place The Crane System inside of it and maximize the clear height to go 5 pallets high in the system. Because of the additional space savings, we will be able to absorb another operation into our existing building and still have optimal room for future growth. Cirrus is the industry leader in Crane System implementations in the beverage industry and we look forward to our partnership for years to come.
We’re confident that our new partnership with Cirrus Tech will provide critical support to the realization of our long-term strategic goals. In the near-term, the Cirrus Tech Crane System will play a key role in to our efforts to modernize our warehouse and delivery operations. As we look towards the completion of our new facility, our investment in the Crane System will result in a substantial one-time construction costs savings while providing a platform to realize impressive reoccurring annual warehouse efficiencies.
Frank Sourbeer Jr.
The Cirrus System will provide our company with many years of growth along with excellent annual efficiencies that will allow us to best serve Birmingham and the surrounding areas. We are pleased to partner with a like-minded company like Cirrus Tech as partners in warehouse automation. We are looking forward to the implementation of our new system.
With Cirrus Tech's HLA approach to automation, our company is able to take advantage the best automation for our environment today (The Cirrus Tech Crane System) while giving us a vision and the ability to add components down the road that will provide our warehouse with a nearly fully automated solution. It is exciting to have a road map to full automation that we can grow into over time.