shhhh ... order fulfillment in progress
Tuesday March 17, 2009
Quiet Logistics fills orders without noisy conveyors or forklifts.
Some third-party logistics companies specialize in a particular industry. Others
focus on certain types of service offerings or geographic coverage. Now, a
new 3PL has come along with a unique angle—what you might call the
"Look Ma, (almost) no hands" approach to order fulfillment. Quiet Logistics,
which announced its launch at ProMat 2009, is building its service offerings
around Kiva Systems' Mobile Fulfillment System. Kiva's solution uses robots to
bring items on movable shelves to warehouse workers for receiving, picking,
and shipping. Quiet Logistics says it can provide order fulfillment, returns
processing, and other services for considerably less than its competitors
can because it doesn't need costly automated conveyors or sortation systems.
Furthermore, since inventory comes to the workers rather than the other way
around, fewer people are needed than in traditional setups. How did the 3PL
get its unusual name? Kiva's little orange robots produce a quiet hum as
they zip around the DC floor. And with no noisy conveyors or forklifts, said
Quiet Logistics CEO Bruce Welty at a press conference, his company's facility
will be downright peaceful compared to most DCs.
About Quiet Logistics
Quiet Logistics, Inc. is the industry's first Third Party Logistics company
to deliver a complete outsourced fulfillment solution that leverages the
game-changing material handling robotics of Kiva Systems. Quiet Logistics'
"One Touch" fulfillment service is an alignment of best-in-class operations
experience and a fully integrated technology platform with a simplified
business model to improve distribution throughput, accuracy, scalability
and flexibility at costs that are 30-50% lower than the competition. For
more information on Quiet Logistics and its services, please visit