3PL Solutions

To stay focused on their core business, many companies turn to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for their fulfillment needs. A 3PL must be experienced in various types of fulfillment strategies since their client base may include everything from e-commerce to wholesale. This may present challenges to a 3PL if multiple channels must be serviced from the same facility. Because the typical fulfillment contract with a client is 3 to 5 years, the introduction of expensive automation may be difficult due to long ROI periods and varying types of solutions that may work well for the current client's product but not for the next client who replaces them. The experts at AHS LLC considers all these factors to understand each client's requirements when developing a solution that meets both current and future needs.  

  • Manual Process for eCommerce

    A manual process is recommended with businesses just entering the marketplace, daily activity levels are low, acquiring capital dollars is difficult, picking is mainly at the bulk level, or there is uncertainty regarding future activity levels.

    Tech Considered
    • Rack
    • Shelving
    • Carts
    • Workstations
    • Minimal Conveyor
    • Carton Flow Rack

  • Semi-Automated Process for eCommerce

    A semi-automated process is the next step in the progression from a manual process. As daily activity levels increase, more efficient methods are required to handle the increased throughput and service level requirements. The transition from manual to semi-automated involves the introduction of conveyors, packaging equipment, and a more advanced warehouse control system.

    Tech Considered
    • Conveyor (all kinds)
    • Sorters (right angle transfers, narrow belt 90 deg or 30 deg, shoe sorters)
    • Robots/Automated Guided Vehicles
    • Put to Light
    • Loaders/Unloaders
    • Pick Modules

  • Automated Process for eCommerce

    Automated processes are employed in fulfillment centers that have high daily volume demands consistently. They utilize many of the components of a semi-automated system but replace labor-intensive operations (such as picking) with highly efficient machines. Using goods-to-person technologies such as shuttles and autonomous robots; reduces order cycle times even further than a semi-automated solution but at a higher capital cost.

    Tech Considered
    • Loop Sorters (tilt tray, cross belt, bombay)
    •  AS/RS
    • Shuttles
    • Exotec
    • Autonomous Mobile Robots
    • Collaborative Robots

  • Manual Process for eCommerce
    0 - 50k units processed

    Manual Process for eCommerce

    A manual process is recommended with businesses just entering the marketplace, daily activity levels are low, acquiring capital dollars is difficult, picking is mainly at the bulk level, or there is uncertainty regarding future activity levels.

    Tech Considered
    • Rack
    • Shelving
    • Carts
    • Workstations
    • Minimal Conveyor
    • Carton Flow Rack
  • Semi-Automated Process for eCommerce
    50k - 250k units processed

    Semi-Automated Process for eCommerce

    A semi-automated process is the next step in the progression from a manual process. As daily activity levels increase, more efficient methods are required to handle the increased throughput and service level requirements. The transition from manual to semi-automated involves the introduction of conveyors, packaging equipment, and a more advanced warehouse control system.

    Tech Considered
    • Conveyor (all kinds)
    • Sorters (right angle transfers, narrow belt 90 deg or 30 deg, shoe sorters)
    • Robots/Automated Guided Vehicles
    • Put to Light
    • Loaders/Unloaders
    • Pick Modules
  • Automated Process for eCommerce
    250k units processed

    Automated Process for eCommerce

    Automated processes are employed in fulfillment centers that have high daily volume demands consistently. They utilize many of the components of a semi-automated system but replace labor-intensive operations (such as picking) with highly efficient machines. Using goods-to-person technologies such as shuttles and autonomous robots; reduces order cycle times even further than a semi-automated solution but at a higher capital cost.

    Tech Considered
    • Loop Sorters (tilt tray, cross belt, bombay)
    •  AS/RS
    • Shuttles
    • Exotec
    • Autonomous Mobile Robots
    • Collaborative Robots

3PL Customers

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  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • ebay

    3PL Components

    Depending on the need(s), one or more of these technologies may be used in a 3PL solution.

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    Automated Storage Retrieval

    Automated Storage Retrieval

    An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) is a combination of equipment and controls that handle, store and retrieve materials as needed with precision, accuracy, and speed.

    Tilt Tray Sorter

    Tilt Tray Sorter

    Also known as a loop sorter, a Tilt Tray is a continuous loop sortation conveyor that consists of individual trays traveling in the same direction to speed up order fulfillment.

    Minimal Conveyor

    Minimal Conveyor

    These systems and conveyors are designed and manufactured for use in specialized facilities that conduct unique processes. Some examples include spiral, telescopic, flexible, and drive-out conveyors.

    Picking Cart

    Picking Cart

    Picking carts are used to move items from one point to another; it can reduce work-related stress and fatigue, and improve accuracy and efficiency, reducing loss due to incorrect counts.

    Semi-Automated

    Semi-Automated

    With the ability to rapidly transport product and both sort and track progress throughout a facility, conveyor systems remain one of the most popular material handling technologies.

    Loaders and Unloaders

    Loaders and Unloaders

    Trailer loading and unloading can be simplified using extendable / retractable conveyors. These conveyors can range from inexpensive gravity conveyor up to traversable powered conveyors. The use of conveyors improves the speed and ergonomics of the trailer load / unload process.

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