Today’s retail customer utilizes technology that has drastically advanced their expectations. For grocery, modernizing through automation is the optimal way to meet them. Advances in microfulfillment allow you to embrace affordable, user-friendly systems that respond to modern shopper demands while greatly improving the end experience for customers. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects PULSE Integration and KPS Global are teaming up to provide powerful end-to-end solutions to reimagine grocery for a brighter future — starting now.
Every industry and company possesses crucial skills and features setting it apart from the competition in an ever-changing world. At PULSE Integration, we are industry leaders because every employee embodies our culture. Our values provide us with the compass that directs our teamwork, sensitivity to client’s needs, and fuels our commitment to excellence. Our value is in the strength of our ever-growing talent.
We take this time to recognize a few of our valued associates, Luke Tromp, John Seasock, and Maggie Dow. Both Luke and John are mechanical engineers who began their journey with PULSE Integration as college interns. Maggie also started her journey at PULSE as a project management intern. Upon graduation from college, they all were hired as full-time employees at PULSE.
Luke and John are highly proficient in full system design and complex technology applications and have immediately integrated into the solutions team to play a key role in new projects. While Maggie has quickly become a super user of our financial system and of our project management tools.
How does this translate to our clients?
PULSE Integration harbors a culture of learning and growing, taking an innovative approach while welcoming new ideas and endeavors. A diversified team willing to pioneer new concepts is the methodology that keeps PULSE competitive to changing market conditions. Clients continue to utilize PULSE in part because of our agility. It is built into the foundation of our culture to be nimble as the industry adjusts to frequently changing technology.
Our culture supports the development of the younger generation who are adept at cultivating new ideas and shaping the new world of technology solutions. Technology is changing and so should our way of thinking. Cultivating a new generation embodies just that. So why should more companies leverage interns to hiring opportunities?
Interns open an opportunity for fresh perspectives on business, strategies, and plans. Including interns in brainstorming sessions and encouraging them to speak up in meetings will maximize the potential for innovative ideas.
Boosts Social Strategy
It’s no secret that every generation has developed into greater tech savvy individuals with unique social styles. Utilizing these features provides an opportunity for both young and old employees to share an exchange of talent that can be a direct benefit to a company’s social presence.
While interns often provide and extra set of hands to accomplish goals and finish projects, these opportunities can be fostered into teaching sessions to learn a specific skill or give them a great learning experience from seasoned employees. Bringing together old and new employees to engage offers an exchange of knowledge, social styles, and technology of which can create a more cohesive culture of mentorship and trust.
Interns Become Employees
New people bring novel perspectives and specialized strengths and skill sets. They are the foundation of a workforce. With just a little time, patience, and guidance, they can quickly develop into strong and proficient leaders and lay the foundation of a new generation of well-trained employees. At PULSE, students are provided with the supervision they need to be successful. We equip our team with adequate resources to ensure we set them up for success. That is why PULSE has earned a great place to work designation.
Building Strong Leaders
When an organization takes the time to carefully train the next generation of employees how to execute on important projects it often creates a personal professional motivation of accountability. It encourages morale and will increase effective leadership in businesses.
At PULSE Integration we are committed to educating, training, and fostering the next generation of leaders who will pioneer innovative ideas and adhere to the commitment, integrity, and transparency of the PULSE culture.
In today’s ever-changing market, automation is the leading edge most companies are using to gain a competitive advantage. Companies delaying automation will fall behind, primarily due to the brisk speed at which innovation is already being adopted in the market. The pandemic showed the world that the current supply chain model was modeled after a world that does not exist anymore. Customers demand easy access to products, speed of delivery, and high-touch customer service. However, many executives are unsure of where to begin with automation, what products are right for them, or even what company they should be using, causing them to delay the process altogether. By automating your business, you can execute operational activities more efficiently. Robotics take care of monotonous tasks while employees can focus on main business processes and more complex tasks. The below highlights some key benefits to automation:
Autonomous Mobile Robots Reduce Human Movement & Injury
PULSE Integration partnered with OTTO Motors to complete the largest at scale deployments of AMR technology in North America. During the study, PULSE compared AMR performance to existing technologies and human load factors. The result, AMRs represented 10% of the equivalent manual handling labor costs and 20% of the cost of a forklift. It is important to note the situational aspects associated with this study. At higher speeds and with advanced safety features, AMRs outperformed manual carrying, and driver operated pallet loaders over long distances. However, humans have more agility moving goods for short distances or around stations. It was determined that a blend of both would create the optimum result with output and efficiency. AMRs would conduct the heavy lifting and repetitive labor while humans would operate at stations carrying out tasks of picking, sorting, or quality control. Reducing the number of people moving around a facility compounded with the risks of human driver error, and injury related to repetitive “heavy lifting” tasks helped alleviate some of the many key hazards companies continue to face leading to costly accidents in their facilities. Due to materials handling automation, the repetitive task of pushing product is assumed by the vehicle, while more value-added tasks are left for the workers. Injuries decrease and overall company injury related costs decrease as well.
Integration Into Existing Equipment
While researching supply chain automation, it is important to consider solutions that complement the equipment you already have or plan to buy. Some autonomous vehicles, including those from OTTO Motors, integrate with a warehouse management system (WMS) to reduce unnecessary steps. Compatibility between equipment makes the installation of new products more efficient.
Scaling a business can be a complicated process. There are many variables that add to a business’s operational costs when it’s being scaled. The more manual process your business has, the harder it is to scale that business. When you automate your processes though, scalability becomes easier. All a company needs to do is make sure that systems can accommodate that growth. If not, minor upgrades are all that is needed. System’s like AutoStore are easily scalable solutions for retail and e-commerce applications.
An added benefit to automation solutions is that it allows increased collaboration among teams. Many believe automation results in job loss and less teamwork. However, it’s the exact opposite. When repeated tasks are automated, staff will have more time to focus on more integral aspects of the business. Instead of doing mindless repetitive tasks, they’ll work together to make the business better. When business processes are done manually, teams will have to dedicate all of their efforts just to keep things moving. This results in wasted human potential and allocating the valuable brainpower and creativity where it is not utilized effectively.
When a business is automated and streamlined properly, it’s easier to assess responsibility. This comes as a result of having clear, well-defined tasks, with all the minor tasks automated. If your business has many small tasks that are not automated, they tend to become “nobody’s responsibility”, as none of the staff is directly responsible for them. When these tasks are automated, you end up with the few important tasks where staff members are directly responsible. Having this clear responsibility distribution increases the staff’s accountability for work done and makes quality control easier.
Automated and digitalized processes are much easier to track. Your system knows exactly the time, effort and resources required to carry out a specific task. Using the right tools, you can get valuable business insights that’ll help you make it better.
We take this time to recognize one of our valued associates, Chris Shepperly. Chris is a solutions engineer with over 10 years of experience in automated material handling systems. He is highly proficient in full system design and complex technology applications. While Chris remains a relatively new employee, he has immediately integrated into the Solutions team and has become a key and a pivotal client facing team member. It is here he uses his analysis of data to support best system requirements for design specification.
How does this translate to our clients?
Our Team Is Unsurpassed
We Are Genuine In Our Follow-Up
Our Clients Are Our Priority
You Are Not Just Another Client
We Are Experts In The Industry
We Are Adaptable
PULSE Integration has been featured as a top material handling system solution provider for 2021 by Logistics Tech Outlook Magazine.
Logistic Tech Outlook provides an annual listing of 10 companies that are at the forefront of providing material handling system solutions and transforming businesses. The magazine is read by over 68,000 subscribers who are key decision-makers in the logistics sector.
The magazine also features contributory articles from senior management executives from distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, supply chain experts, logistics professionals, and other technology decision makers on how material handling solutions improved operational performance in their organizations.