The AutoStore™ WMS

Save money and improve customer satisfaction by streamlining fulfillment and inventory management.

Our Approach

Multi-format fulfillment

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to online order fulfillment. Profitably scaling requires a spectrum of formats, and a platform that can handle multi-format fulfillment.

In-Store

Staff, often called “shoppers” or "selectors," walk the store’s aisles, fulfilling multiple online orders at once by picking items off store shelves and then placing them into each customer order.  Items can also be grouped by zones within the store for more efficiency.  Once orders are completed, they are consolidated and staged within the store for either customer pick-up or delivery.

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Fast Pick Area

Used in conjunction with in-store picking, this fulfillment method uses a small section of the store that is dedicated to online order fulfillment via manual picking methods.  It holds a sub-set of the overall store items, is only accessible by store staff, and is organized in a way that enables efficient picking with better inventory controls because it's not accessible by customers.  The fast pick area is used along with in-store picking,  provides a more efficient operation than in-store picking by itself.

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Dark Store

Dark stores solve the problems posed by in-store picking by taking the picking out of the store. This fulfillment method not only improves the in-store customer experience by getting congestion off the store floor, but also increases order picking efficiency and order accuracy.  While often a repurposed store or small warehouse, simply put, they're laid out to maximize manual picking efficiency instead of an in-store merchandising experience and as no customers are in the dark store, you're able to track your inventory with much greater precision.

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MFC

Micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) can be co-located in back of or attached to an existing store. AutoStore is goods-to-person automation, bringing items to your staff.  With no more wasted time walking around your store or dark store, overall operating efficiency is greatly improved. Because of AutoStore's best-in-class storage density and modularity, you can build it to any shape, form, or height.  It can even be placed inside the middle of a building and not only improve your fulfillment operations but also become technology showcase for your in-store experience.

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Improving Efficiency

Keys to a successful strategy

Optimize your geographic footprint to improve overall operating efficiency and inventory management.

  • Use Store Clustering to off-load fulfillment from other stores into a single store or dedicated fulfillment center
  • Interconnect Click & Collect with Home Delivery via Hub & Spoke Logistics
Ready to scale

Ready for a Micro-Fulfillment Center?

AutoStore offers integrated automation for scale.

  • Maximizes Operational Efficiency
  • Highest Item Density (per sq. ft. of retail space) in Market
  • Flexible and Cost Effective
  • Proven with 25 yrs of operation across 600+ installations world wide with an uptime of 99.6%
Improving Efficiency

Keys to a successful strategy

Optimize your geographic footprint to improve overall operating efficiency and inventory management.

Order Management System (OMS)

  • Sends orders to the appropriate location for fulfillment
  • Intelligently waves and batches orders based on time windows and routes

Fulfillment Application

  • Enables zone and multi-order picking
  • Provides operators with exception handling for catch weight items and substitutions

Inventory Management

  • Real time view into Available-to-Promise
  • Supports slotting strategies that maximize pick efficiency and minimize replenishment tasks
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Order fulfillment

Features & Functions

Pick & Pack

  • Easily configurable with support for. both single order or multi-order pick
  • Simple User Interface with directed pick path and strong visual cues for exception handling
  • 3x Improvement in Operating Margin

Receiving, Putaway and Replenishment

  • Reconciliation with PO data during Receiving process
  • Putaway and replenishment tasking grouped by zones
  • Tasking prioritization based on open orders, available back stock, and inbound activity

Intelligent Order Batching and Consolidation

  • Orders batched in “waves” based on Pick-up and Delivery windows
  • Waves are further broken down into temp zones and batched on carts to optimize pick efficiency
  • Consolidation tools for orders with multiple totes

Inventory Management

  • Truly Omni-channel, your online customers can have the same selection and pricing as your in-store customers
  • Available to Promise function lets you and your customers see inventory in real time - no more missed expectations
  • 5x Improvement in Out of Stocks

Optimized Logistics

  • Intelligently sends orders to the appropriate Fulfillment Center and Fulfillment Application
  • Order Management System supports drop-ship fulfillment with split cart checkout
  • Integrates with third party routing and delivery systems

Labor Management and Analytics

  • Role based permissions Credentials configurable by role and location
  • Time in app tracking with operator level performance reporting
  • Drill into the stats for each pick zone or user across routes
  • System configurable by location

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