Amazon.com's recent $775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems, a leading robotic warehouse system provider, bodes well for demanding consumers and virtually guarantees that the journey from online order to warehouse to your mailbox is accurate and fast.
Industry leaders such as Amazon.com are literally re-shaping the way ecommerce businesses process and fill customer orders. Wal-Mart, too, is jumping into the ecommerce business to drive more customers to order online -- and take some lost business back from Amazon.com.
As warehouses continue to grow across the industry to over one million square feet, however, increasing shipments is growing increasingly difficult. With these great distances, warehouse pickers need all the help they can get navigating road aisles, finding the goods and getting back to work.
To help make this work, warehouse managers are investing in technology tools and resources that make life easier for pickers and speed delivery to anxiously awaiting customers thousands of miles away.