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Emerging Trends in Warehouse Automation

Warehouse RobotsWarehouse automation can help modern businesses run more efficiently, reliably and accurately. It can also help them gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Here are some of the top emerging trends in warehouse automation:


Robots may be able to lift heavier, work longer and skip breaks, but often people are better at decision-making and analysis. Many warehouses are designed to incorporate the best of both worlds by having robots working alongside people to optimize the strengths of each.


Turning warehouse tasks into games can provide incentives for employees work more productively with robots. Dashboards and other tools can help employers set up game-like activities and offer prizes to the employee who fills the most orders or completes the most assemblies.

Automatic Guided Vehicles

Automatic guided vehicles, or AGVs, are a major trend in warehouse automation. They use magnets, lasers and/or vison sensors to navigate around warehouse facilities and move items. AGVs can also follow wires or markers in the floor. Amazon currently uses 100,000 such robots to automate picking and packaging in its warehouses.

Packaging and Shelving Design

As more and more companies use AGVs and other robots in their warehouses, packaging and shelving designs have changed to better accommodate the new tools. For example, boxes and bins are being designed to make it easier for robots to move them around freely.

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How Can Small Businesses Reduce Their Shipping Costs?

For many small businesses, shipping is a major expense. Fortunately, resourceful business owners can find ways to reduce their costs. Today we’ll offer a few suggestions to help you get started. Negotiate You have more bargaining power than you think! Compare rates among different shipping companies and negotiate with them to compete with rival companies…

New Container Cranes Facilitate Continued Growth at PhilaPort

The outlook at PhilaPort is bright and getting brighter as new container cranes signal ongoing growth at the recently-expanded port. This March, two super Post-Panamax container cranes arrived from China, marking yet another milestone in the full-scale modernization process underway at Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Shippers aiming to accelerate their time to market on…

Philadelphia Purchases Land for New Air Cargo Facility

The Port of Philadelphia has undergone an extensive renovation and expansion process over the course of the past several years, allowing its import volume to grow by more than 201 percent in 2017 alone. Soon, city officials will refocus their attention on a new project that’s designed to facilitate the growth of air cargo traffic…

PhilaPort’s Newest Carrier Makes Its First Vessel Call

The Port of Philadelphia’s $300 million expansion is continuing to bring new business opportunities to The City of Brotherly Love. After increasing its import volume by a whopping 21.9 percent in 2017, the port welcomed the first vessel from its newest carrier earlier this week. The M/V Warnow Sun of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers Inc. (ARRC)…

Port of Philadelphia Import Volume Grew by 21.9% in 2017

Thanks to a $300 million expansion effort, business is booming at the Port of Philadelphia, according to a recent article in Supply Chain Dive. After deepening the Delaware River Channel and making substantial infrastructure investments, the port saw import volumes rise by nearly 22% in a single year. This constitutes the largest increase in year-over-year…

FTZ versus Customs Bonded Warehouses

When deciding on a warehouse for your business, two of the options you have to choose from are bonded warehouses, like the warehousing offered through American Supply Co., or foreign trade zones, also known as FTZs. Both are great options, but if you are trying to decide between the two, here are some specifics on…

US Investing Big on Port Improvements

In its just-released 2016-2020 Port Planned Infrastructure Investment Survey, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) asked its U.S. member ports how much they and their private-sector partners plan to spend on port-related freight and passenger infrastructure during the next five years. The AAPA then calculated what it believes is the “best-case” scenario for investments on U.S.…