ASRS systems have traditionally been more about storing than fulfilling. But, the tremendous growth of eCommerce has caused many operators to employ these systems as the engines of fulfillment. The on-demand nature of eCommerce has forever changed consumer habits along with the processes needed to fulfill a wide variety of customer orders. The expectation of purchasing almost any product online has caused the number of SKUs supported by retailers to skyrocket. This is where automated ASRS picking can provide significant gains.
Fluctuating consumer demands coupled with rapid delivery expectations have necessitated the adoption of automation and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). These high density storage systems help keep up with the demand of changing SKUs, plus make item retrieval faster and do not require workers to journey deep into warehouses in search of specific SKUs and items
Leading distribution centers and warehouses have reduced item retrieval time significantly with ASRS, but this does not ensure delivery times and service level agreements are assured of being met. A well performing ASRS can only perform product retrieval, remaining picking tasks are constrained by costly manual processes. ASRS systems deliver goods and orders to manual stations where workers must handle the actual goods to pick the orders.
Goods-to-person pick stations suffer from the same staffing challenges as other areas of the warehouse; recruiting and labor attrition is a leading contributor to bottlenecks in item picking functions that even the best ASRS solutions cannot solve.
Exceeding SLA Requirements with Autonomous ASRS Picking
ASRS picking can now be automated by integrating Berkshire Grey Robotic solutions into existing ASRS environments.