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WHITEPAPER: Material Handling System Choices:
Priorities, Approaches and Selection Processes of Decision Makers

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The idea of a material handling system can range from static, structural systems such as rack, to highly automated, software-driven solutions such as automated storage & retrieval systems (AS/RS) and robotics. While North American warehouses are perceived as being less automated than those in places such as Northern Europe or Japan with high labor costs, some level of automation is not uncommon, as seen by the fact that one fifth of companies surveyed employ some form of automated system for order selection/order fulfillment, and 44% use conveyors and automated sortation.

Over 300 material handling professionals completed the survey, which examined the priorities, operational objectives, and partnering approaches of decision markers involved in selecting and deploying material handling automation systems.