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An increasing number of warehouse automation projects are carried out each year in Europe.

 

In an increasingly challenging environment, automation is an enabler for business competitivity: accelerating flows, improving working conditions, optimizing space and workforce costs, increasing processes reliability, personalizing customer service, etc.

 

Argon Consulting has worked on the key success factors of each stage of this behavioural and technological transformation.

Welcome technology into your warehouse!

A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT,
FAVOURABLE FOR AUTOMATION

Accessibility

  • Automated solutions' cost is decreasing

  • ROI are becoming more and more accessible (from 5 to 7 years)

  • Thus ensuring a growing compatibility with logistics leases length

Agility

  • Systems are becoming simpler, scalable and modular. They can now be interfaced with manual solutions

  • Suppliers offers have been successfully tested in various environments

Operational challenges

  • Constraints on hard working conditions in the context of an aging population are becoming more severe

  • Shortage of qualified workforce in certain labour markets are more frequent

  • Labour cost keeps increasing

 
AUTOMATED SOLUTIONS: A LEVER FOR COMPETITIVENESS IN AN INCREASINGLY CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

Hard working conditions

Improve working conditions, security, and ergonomics

Space densification

Maximize the use of storage volume

Productivity

Significant reduction of direct labour

Shift in core competency

Retain talent and limit large-scale temporary recruitment

Reliability and quality

Enabler for performance gap of operations quality and reliability

Flows acceleration

Reduce treatment cycles and give access to real-time reactivity

 
WHAT ARGON DIGITAL OFFERS
GUIDE THE ORGANIZATION TOWARDS APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGICAL CHOICES
Evaluate the opportunities for automation: suitable product flows, ROI
Engage suppliers and target the most appropriate solutions
Maintain a holistic overview of all processes, not focusing solely on picking activities
Incorporate any prerequisites, such as the quality of logistical data
Anticipate IT systems integration
SUPPORT TEAMS IN THE TRANSFORMATION
Co-construct solutions with your teams in order to capitalize on their knowledge and to guarantee their support
Lead the project in an objective and impartial way, guaranteeing effective interactions with all stakeholders (suppliers, operatives, management)
Anticipate the organizational impacts: training and recruitment needs, changing roles and responsibilities, new KPIs, etc.
Promote gradually the business culture changes required in order to master industrial environment automatisms and routines
Secure performance
 
OUR STRENGTHS
  • A tailored approach for each of the four steps of warehouse automation: scoping study, consultation and choice of solutions, implementation, optimization of existing equipment.

  • Expertise in warehouse processes backed up by extensive knowledge of automation solutions to guarantee relevance and effectiveness.

  • Transversal skills enabling us to support you beyond the technical aspects: training teams, managing change, impacts on existing IT systems, etc.

  • Customer and manufacturer feedbacks, as well as the best practices for each use-case.

EXAMPLES OF RECENT PROJECTS

End to end project for several mechanized warehouses: solution design, tender, project management of construction and implementation phases, assistance in achieving performance. [Private equity]

Management and coordination of several streams (equipment, processes, IT systems, organization) from project design to launch for a warehouse of 120 000 references combining 3 different technologies. [Automobile spare parts]

Assistance in the contractualization of an innovative automated solution. [Food retailer]

Change management : organization, managerial practices and performance. [Textiles]

 
CONTACT
 

Nicolas Gellé

Partner in charge of Automated Warehouse

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