What is a Break Pack Warehouse?
In the warehouse sector for grocery, 3PL, retail, and countless other industries, the term ‘breakpack,’ or ‘break pack,’ refers to the process of breaking cases of product down to individual eaches. Once broken down into separate pieces, products can then be combined into mixed SKU cartons for more efficient, accurate fulfillment.
With labor shortages and supply chain challenges more prevalent than ever, working with warehouse automation companies to automate processes such as this through robotics is crucial to stay competitive. Traditional break pack warehouse strategies can be revamped for greater efficiency and speed through automated distribution centers.
Why Break Pack Warehouses Matter for Businesses
The process of breaking down cases into individual pieces and then combining them into mixed SKU cartons is ubiquitous across countless industries. This work is vital since individual stores will not carry many SKUs in full case quantities. Despite the value of breakpack work, it’s still quite common to have this work completed manually. Automation systems are now readily available and capable of transforming traditional breakpack operations.
Modern automation systems can help increase the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of breakpack operations on several levels. There are two key automation components, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and robotic picking that are transforming breakpack operations. ASRS systems provide dense storage and improved pick rates. Improvements in robotic picking have made it possible to pick a much larger variety of SKUs in real-world environments. When you combine robotic picking with an ASRS you amplify the overall solution with increased hit rate and increased throughput.
Not every SKU profile will fit the need for break pack automation accommodations, but that’s exactly why artificial intelligence plays its role. Through AI-enabled robotics, a company can have an organized system that rarely sees downtime or a halt in production. Choosing the right automation solutions comes down to which AI-enabled robotics a company needs and at what capacity.
The Berkshire Grey Solution
Less reliance on labor
Benefits of Robotic Break Pack Warehouse Automation
Faster distribution to stores
Less reliance on labor
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- Bolster facility throughput by up to 25% to 50% with automation.
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