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Manhattan Associates Unveils Manhattan Active™ Supply Chain Solution


First to deliver the option of waveless order fulfilment embedded in WMS

Today, at its annual Momentum customer conference, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH) announced the new Manhattan Active Supply Chain Solution suite. The suite introduces new innovations designed to increase warehouse throughput and help enterprises keep up with the pace of warehouse systems innovation. Visit Manhattan Active Solutions TM for more information.

The Manhattan Active Supply Chain Solution suite includes:

  • Manhattan Active Distribution, solutions that focus on warehouse and labour management, and

  • Manhattan Active Transportation, solutions that provide logistics management and shipment visibility.

For years, warehouses have driven order processing efficiency by using a wave-based processing methodology that aggregates order volume and submits it to the distribution centre in organized batches. Unfortunately, in environments where demand can be unpredictable and volatile, this approach can lead to peaks and valleys of activity, as waves are passed from warehouse function to function.

The Manhattan Active Distribution Solution includes the first warehouse management system to fully embed an option for waveless order fulfilment technology. This dramatically increases asset utilisation and improves facility output, enabling warehouse facilities to process both large shipments and individual consumer orders highly efficiently. Manhattan’s Order Streaming solution is unique in its ability to optimize both labour and equipment assets, and to work in either wave or waveless modes.

»We believe the most effective distribution facilities will consist of innovative automation, enabled and engaged associates and intelligent software that orchestrates and optimizes all of those resources holistically«, said Brian Kinsella, Manhattan’s vice president of product management. »Order Streaming is the market’s first waveless outbound processing capability to be embedded directly into a WMS. We’re confident it will help our customers take a massive step forward in increasing the velocity of their outbound operations«.

Manhattan’s Order Streaming solution has helped distributors dramatically improve warehouse throughput. For example, a major North American retailer doubled its ability to process expedited orders per day during peak season by elimination picker wait times following the implementation of the Order Streaming system.

Always-Current Technology

Because warehouse management systems can be complex, process-centric solutions, keeping them current is often a challenge. As a result, many customers fall behind the technology curve and struggle to compete with their more technologically up-to-date competitors.

To help solve this issue, Manhattan Associates is introducing a new Manhattan Active WM program. Manhattan’s annual subscription program ensures its customers are always using the most current version of its market-leading WMS software. Each subsequent version released to that customer comes complete with all of the customer’s business-specific extensions, upgraded data, workflows and configurations, as well as new Manhattan WMS functionality.

Manhattan also announced Manhattan TMS Mobile, a new mobile app to more easily enable its customers to connect and engage small to medium sized trucking firms. Part of the Manhattan Active Transportation suite, the software enables real-times shipment tracking, freight management, shipment status updates and network operations monitoring via an in-cab mobile device.

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