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Modern Materials Handling Features New Footwear Distribution Center Utilizing Matthews Automation Solutions

Photo courtesy of Modern Materials Handling WAUKESHA, WI (January 12, 2021) — Two recent articles by Modern Materials Handling feature the new highly automated, omni-channel distribution center at one of the largest shoe companies in the U.S. – Caleres. According to editorial director Bob Trebilcock, Caleres’ best-in-class distribution center in California boasts more than 725,000 square feet and can handle […]

Lightning Pick Featured in Modern Materials Handling Article on the Evolution of Pick-to-Light

Matthews Lightning Pick automation expert describes new advancements in pick-to-light technology WAUKESHA, WI (October 1, 2020) — Roberto Michel, senior editor for Modern Materials Handling, has interviewed Matthews Automation Solutions’ Dave Remsing for their September 2020 issue, “Pick-to-Light’s Evolution”. This article focuses on light-directed systems for order fulfillment, including trends on using pick-to-light, put-to-light and new technology combinations for maximum […]

Matthews’ Experts Present MODEX Educational Seminar on Collaborative Robotics to Enhance Order Fulfillment

Free, on-show-floor presentation explains ways to combine traditional material handling automation with collaborative robotic technologies for optimized order fulfillment. WAUKESHA, WI (February 25, 2020) — On Tuesday, March 10, two experts from Matthews Automation Solutions will present a free, on-show-floor educational seminar, “Optimize Order Fulfillment with Collaborative Robotics,” at MODEX 2020.  The session runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. in […]

Matthews’ Unveils Newest Generation of Autonomous Mobile Robots, Engineered to Maximize Flexibility

Built on a standard base vehicle outfitted with a selection of easily swapped attachments, the latest Matthews’ AMRs are showcased in MODEX Booth 4013. WAUKESHA, WI (February 25, 2020) — The latest generation of Matthews Automation Solutions’ collaborative Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) is on display in Booth 4013 at MODEX, in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, March 9–12, 2020. Sponsored […]

Matthews Automation Solutions Combines Warehouse Execution System Brands Pyramid and Compass

Matthews unites software and controls teams at Cincinnati Campus, enhancing support of current and prospective customers’ automation installations. Two of Matthews Automation Solutions’ brands, Compass and Pyramid, have unified their operations. This includes bringing together both teams — which offer complementary control systems design and engineering as well as warehouse execution software (WES) — under one roof in Pyramid’s Cincinnati […]

Matthews Automation Solutions Named Inaugural Member of Manhattan Automation Network

As a leading provider of proven, next generation material handling solutions, Matthews has been certified by Manhattan Associates’ new partnership program. Supply chain and warehouse management system (WMS) provider Manhattan Associates has named Matthews Automation Solutions one of five inaugural members of its new Manhattan Automation Network. The certification program provides warehouse and distribution center owners undertaking robotics and automation […]

Matthews Automation Solutions | Lightning Pick Exhibit Solutions, Ways Autonomous Mobile Robots Optimize Picking at 2019 Manhattan Momentum Conference

With displays in both the Discovery Center and new Robotics Experiential Area, Manhattan Associates’ customers can explore the latest light-directed, “Fulfillment Forward” solutions. At the 2019 Manhattan Momentum Conference, Matthews Automation Solutions and its Lightning Pick brand will showcase “Fulfillment Forward” solutions in two separate areas throughout the event, held May 20-23, 2019 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge […]

Packaging World Features Lightning Pick’s Fulfillment Solution for 3PL Capacity LLC

In the May 2019 issue of Packaging World magazine, VP Editor Emeritus Pat Reynolds takes an in-depth look at the light-directed order fulfillment solutions from Matthews Automation Solutions‘ brand Lightning Pick and how they’ve been applied to help third-party logistics (3PL) provider Capacity LLC support their e-commerce customers. In “3PL Ups Its Game On E-Comm Order Fulfillment,” Reynolds outlines how […]

Lightning Pick Put Wall Integrated with Robotic Picking Solution by RightHand Robotics at 3PL Capacity LLC

Integrated Lightning Pick put wall system with latest RightPick solution to be demonstrated at ProMat Booth S2397 RightHand Robotics, a leader in providing integrated robotic piece-picking solutions, announced its first put wall integration with Capacity LLC®, a leading provider of technology-driven order fulfillment and e-commerce solutions. RightHand’s newest RightPick product platform will be integrated with existing warehouse material handling systems from […]

Matthews Automation Solutions Showcases “Fulfillment Forward” Solutions in ProMat Booth S1631

See state-of-the-art technologies in an integrated, flexible material handling system deliver end-to-end order fulfillment process optimization. In ProMat Booth S1631, the Matthews Automation Solutions exhibit, “Fulfillment Forward,” displays a complete, integrated order fulfillment process throughout MHI-sponsored ProMat in Chicago’s McCormick Place, April 8–11, 2019. The live demo incorporates best-in-class solutions from Matthews’ three warehouse automation brands—Compass Engineering, Lightning Pick and […]

Matthews’ Experts Present ProMat Educational Seminar

Free, on-show-floor presentation explains ways to combine traditional material handling automation with emerging robotic technologies for optimized order fulfillment. On Wednesday, April 10 at ProMat 2019 in Chicago, three experts from Matthews Automation Solutions will present a free, on-show-floor educational seminar, “Using Proven Material Handling Automation and Emerging Bot Technologies to Optimize Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Order Fulfillment.” The session runs from […]

Matthews’ Autonomous Mobile Robots Optimize Picking and Material Movement Processes in Order Fulfillment

Built on a standard base vehicle outfitted with a choice of attachments, the latest Matthews Autonomous Mobile Robot applications are featured in ProMat Booth S1631. The newest version of Matthews Automation Solutions’ Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) is on display in Booth S1631 throughout MHI-sponsored ProMat in Chicago’s McCormick Place, April 8–11, 2019. The self-navigating vehicle will be shown with two […]

Pick-to-Light Modules from Lightning Pick Featured in December Modern Materials Handling Cover Story

Editorial Director Bob Trebilcock walks readers through book distributor Educational Development Corp.’s design of a new distribution center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the December 2018 issue of Modern Materials Handling, including the use of two, mirror-image pick modules outfitted with light-directed picking systems from Lightning Pick. The company, which sells books to stores like Barnes & Noble and through a direct-marketing sales […]

Modern Materials Handling October Cover Story on Luxottica’s Georgia Logistics Center Includes Lightning Pick Put Walls

In the October 2018 issue of Modern Materials Handling, Editorial Director Bob Trebilcock takes readers on a tour of eyewear designer, manufacturer and distributor Luxottica’s new facility in McDonough, Georgia. Among the multiple technologies and material handling equipment installed throughout the operation, seven of Lightning Pick’s light-directed put walls are used to sort what the company defines as “medium orders”—those […]

Lightning Pick Customer Capacity Further Expands Automated, Robotic Picking Investments

Capacity LLC, a third-party fulfillment service provider and Lightning Pick customer, recently announced further investments in automation and robotics. The company is partnering with RightHand Robotics to integrate robotic piece-picking into their current process. Upon completion, a series of robotic workstations will be integrated with existing warehouse material handling systems, including those supplied by Lightning Pick. Currently handling thousands of […]

Lightning Pick’s Light Directed Picking featured in DC Velocity

The DC Velocity article “Picking technologies: When inaccuracy leads to lost customers,” discusses mispicks and how detrimental they are to keeping satisfied customers and running a successful eCommerce business. When it comes to reducing those errors and improving accuracy, Lightning Pick’s light directed picking technologies play a major roll. Peter Gerbitz, Account Manager at Lightning Pick stated, “The more you automate, the […]

Matthews’ Inbound Receiving Solution Featured by Modern Materials Handling

Editor Bridget McCrea of Modern Materials Handling magazine toured the Matthews Automation Solutions’ exhibit at MODEX 2018 and featured the showcased Inbound Receiving Solution that synchronizes different technologies from multiple Matthews’ brands. In the article “Matthews showcases its integrated, automated inbound receiving solution,” McCrea highlighted the solution’s combination of autonomous mobile robots with deep-learning artificial intelligence (AI) from Guidance Automation, an advanced warehouse control […]

MODEX 2018: Boost Throughput, Productivity with Two New Features for Light-Directed LP Put Wall

Lightning Pick’s new features—displayed in MODEX Booth B3763—enhance visibility and enable touchless item confirmation when sorting batch picks into put walls. WILSONVILLE, OR (March 17, 2018) — Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, will feature two new light-directed picking innovations that further increase speed, accuracy and throughput when sorting batches of picked items into put walls in Booth B3763 at MODEX. […]

MODEX 2018: New Matthews Autonomous Mobile Robots Support Cluster Picking in Order Fulfillment Operations

Combining autonomous robotic vehicles from Guidance Automation and light-directed order picking modules from Lightning Pick, the new solution—on display in MODEX Booth B3763—boosts zone-based pickers’ throughput while minimizing their travel. WILSONVILLE, OR (March 17, 2018) — Making its debut in Matthews Automation Solutions’ Booth B3763 at MODEX, the new Matthews Autonomous Mobile Robot, equipped with a light-directed Cluster Picking Attachment, will […]

Lightning Pick in MMH Cover Story: Rocky Brands Sees the Light

Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand Lightning Pick is featured as part of Modern Materials Handling magazine’s December 2017 digital cover story on Rocky Brands’ 200,000-square-foot distribution center in Logan, Ohio. The article, “Rocky Brands sees the Light,” describes how the facility has ramped up their omnichannel fulfillment utilizing put-to-light sortation. Content and Images Source: MMH.com

New Location for Matthews Automation Solutions’ Lightning Pick Brand Offers Expanded Footprint to Support Emerging Order Fulfillment Technologies

Move combines teams from Germantown and Ixonia, Wisconsin, under one roof and creates new emerging technologies development center for autonomous robotics. WAUKESHA, WI (December 12, 2017) — To accommodate ongoing expansion and growth, as well as to bring colleagues from separate locations under a single roof, Matthews Automation Solutions announces a new location for its Lightning Pick brand. Housed in […]

Lightning Pick’s Light-Directed Picking for 3PL Fulfillment Discussed In Modern Materials Handling

Modern Materials Handling discusses the growing push for same-day/next-day delivery and how many smaller ecommerce retailers are turning to third-party logistics providers utilizing light-directed picking and other automation to leverage their fulfillment operations. Read Full Article Here

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: TRAINING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

Lightning Pick’s light-directed picking technology deployed in secondary school’s workforce training program By Bernie McCabe, Sales Manager Supply chain managers have been struggling to find workers at all levels of their operations for a while now. It’s a challenge our industry has faced for many years, and will likely continue to do so for a long time. Industry association MHI—of […]

Lightning Pick’s Emerging Mobile Robotics and AR Glasses Discussed In Modern Materials Handling

Modern Materials Handling discusses the need for new automation methods such as mobile robotics and augmented reality glasses, for adapting to growing e-commerce and other warehouse distribution needs. The emerging technologies offer gains in speed and flexibility, getting orders out the door, faster. Lightning Pick’s General Manager, Jim Bast noted: “We see much of the advantage from mobile robots as coming from […]

Cisco-Eagle Features Lightning Pick’s 10 Ways to Analyze Your Operation for Pick-to-Light

Read our partner, Cisco-Eagle’s article on how to successfully implement light directed picking in your operation: “Light-directed picking is the heavyweight champion when it comes to productivity gains, order picking speed, increased accuracy, and ease of operator development. Because it’s 100% hands free and requires no headpiece, it’s also highly flexible for many challenging fulfillment operations. We’ve compiled ten ways […]

Expert Tips on Safety in the Workplace by Cisco-Eagle

Safety in the Workplace Our system integrator/solution provider partner, Cisco-Eagle, interviewed six manufacturing and distribution experts, each specializing in different areas of the industry. They discussed the safety challenges that arise in the workplace. Each expert shared a tip for promoting safety throughout the facility. Lightning Pick’s Dave Broadfoot and Joe Pelej speak on the safety advantages Lightning Pick’s light directed order fulfillment systems can bring […]

Proven and Emerging Technologies from Matthews Automation Solutions Showcased in Modern Materials Handling’s ProMat 2017 Coverage.

In its coverage of ProMat 2017, held April 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Modern Materials Handling spent time with Lightning Pick Vice President and General Manager Jim Bast and Marketing Manager Joe Pelej, touring the booth during a press conference held Monday. Highlighted were Holjeron’s new ZoneLinkTC controller for motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyors that can be easily configured with […]

Boost Throughput, Productivity with Two New Features for Light-Directed LP Put Wall, Debuting at ProMat 2017.

Lightning Pick’s new features—displayed in Booth S1023b—enhance visibility and enable touchless item confirmation when sorting batch picks into put walls. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 4, 2017) — Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, and will debut two new innovations to further increase speed, accuracy and throughput when sorting batches of picked items into put walls. Each destination cubby in dual-sided, […]

Lightning Pick Version 7.1 Released

Redesigned graphical user interface (GUI) complements new streamlined dashboards for complete, single view insights into all light-directed picking systems. Lightning Pick, a part of Matthews Automation Solutions, has released Lightning Pick 7.1, the latest version of their order fulfillment execution software. Lightning Pick software provides full system management and optimization capabilities, plus drives performance for the provider’s pick-to-light, put-to-light, pack-to-light, […]

Hibbett Sports uses Lightning Pick for Retail Store Replenishment.

Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand Lightning Pick is featured as part of Modern Materials Handling magazine’s June 2016 cover story on Hibbet Sports’ new 420,000-square-foot distribution center in Alabaster, Alabama. The article, “Hibbett Sports: Faster, Flexible and Efficient,” describes how the facility’s high-speed conveyor and sortation system optimize cross-docking flow-through for 80% of incoming merchandise. The other 20% is diverted to a serve storage area or to a put-to-light […]

Modern Materials Handling highlights LP Put in MODEX Show Daily coverage.

In a MODEX 2016 Show Daily article filed on April 5, Modern Materials Handling‘s Roberto Michel, Editor at Large, wrote about Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand Lightning Pick, and its LP Put put-to-light system. The full entry, entitled “Put-to-light synchs with packing solutions at Matthews,” can be read here. The coverage featured an interview with Joe Pelej, Marketing Manager for both […]

See Lightning Pick, Pyramid’s Optimized Order Fulfillment Solutions at Operations Summit.

Matthews Automation Solutions’ brands exhibit together at direct-to-consumer/omni-channel fulfillment show, April 12 – 14, 2016. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 11, 2016) — Attendees at the fifth-annual Operations Summit tradeshow, held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 12-14, 2016, will see solutions for optimizing order fulfillment execution from Matthews Automation Solutions’ brands Lightning Pick and Pyramid. The two will co-exhibit […]

Lightning Pick Order Fulfillment Execution Software’s New Look to Debut at MODEX 2016

Showcased in Booth 1037c, the redesigned graphical user interface (GUI) complements new streamlined operational and systems dashboards for complete, single view insights into function of all light-directed picking systems. GERMANTOWN, WI (December 18, 2015) — Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, will unveil a modern, fresh and easy-to-navigate graphical user interface (GUI) for its eponymous Lightning Pick order fulfillment […]

Lightning Pick Recipient of Modern Materials Handling’s Productivity Achievement Award from eBay Enterprise facility project.

“Modern’s 2016 Productivity Achievement Awards honor companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems”. A panel of three highly-respected supply chain experts—John Hill, director at St. Onge Co., a supply chain strategy and logistics consulting firm; James A. Tompkins, chairman and CEO of Tompkins International, a supply chain consulting and implementation firm; […]

Lightning Pick’s LP Pack solution for retail store replenishment deployed at Marshall Retail Group DC

Lightning Pick’s pack-to-light solution for retail store replenishment deployed at Marshall Retail Group DC Marshall Retail Group packed a lot of automation into a compact space to replenish a network of 160 retail locations. Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand Lightning Pick is featured as part of Modern Materials Handling magazine’s January 2016 cover story on the new distribution center (DC) that Marshall Retail Group (MRG) […]

Simultaneous picking white paper.

The Advantages of Simultaneous Picking Strategies in Light-Directed Order Fulfillment A Major Advance in the Pick-to-Light Methodology Right now, millions of pick-to-light modules are illuminating in distribution centers across the country, directing operators to their next correct pick. However, are these legacy pick-to-light t systems keeping their owners competitive by today’s performance standards? There have been many breakthroughs in light-directed technologies […]

Lightning Pick solution installed at eBay Enterprise facility.

Matthews Automation Solutions’ brands Lightning Pick and Pyramid are featured as part of Modern Materials Handling magazine’s July 2015 cover story on eBay Enterprise’s Walton, Kentucky distribution campus. The article, “eBay: Speed, flexibility and cost,” describes how the facility—operated as a third-party logistics (3PL) e-fulfillment services provider—added automation to boost productivity and accuracy in order fulfillment. Among the various automated solutions in action, eBay […]

The Bon-Ton Stores use LP Put.

In its July/August 2015 issue, Retail Merchandiser magazine covers The Bon-Ton Stores’ new direct-to-consumer fulfillment center, which adds speed and accuracy with LP Put put-to-light solutions from Lightning Pick. From the article: Bon-Ton Stores continue to work to improve the synergy between its online presence and its brick-and-mortar locations. One of the company’s most recent initiatives in this regard has been […]

IPTI and Pick-MAX pick-to-light products are now part of Lightning Pick.

Pick-MAX pick-to-light products will continue under the Lightning Pick brand. Germantown, WI (August 21, 2015) – Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions brand and the premier provider of pick-to-light and other light-directed technologies in North America, will now also offer Pick-MAX products as part of the Lightning Pick Solution Suite. IPTI (Innovative Picking Technologies, Inc.) in Ixonia, WI was a […]

Modern Materials Handling Equipment Report: Lights, voice, action

A look at what’s new in voice, mobile and pick-to-light technology for today’s warehouses and distribution centers. By Bridget McCrea, Contributing Editor July 01, 2015 As technology continues to advance at the speed of light, the equipment used to manage warehouse and DC fulfillment is improving and expanding exponentially. Every year, in fact, suppliers churn out an array of new […]

Light-Directed LP Pack “Put-to-Store” Replenishment System for Retailers Featured at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick’s pack-to-light solution—on display in Booth 3903c—supports less-than-case quantity picking for retail store orders. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 26, 2015) — The LP Pack pack-to-light light-directed picking system (also sometimes called “put-to-light” or “put-to-store”) is an effective method of executing item distribution for specific retail store replenishment. Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, will feature a demo of the […]

Pick-MAX Pick-to-Light Modules in Two Sizes Showcased at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick now sells, services and supports Pick-MAX paperless picking modules—displayed in Booth 3903c—that increase order fulfillment productivity by 200%. IXONIA, WI (March 25, 2015) — Offered in two sizes, Pick-MAX light-directed picking modules increase order fulfillment productivity as much as 200% by eliminating paper pick lists. The Pick-MAX pick-to-light systems (formerly by IPTI) are now sold, supported and serviced […]

Open Channel Pick-to-Light Module For Easy Installation, Reconfiguration Showcased at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick’s next generation, environmentally friendly MW device—displayed in Booth 3903c—supports both new and legacy pick-to-light installations. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 24, 2015) — The rugged new MW Series pick-to-light module offers amplified performance, flexibility, durability and power efficiency to new or existing pick-to-light users. The device is designed, engineered and manufactured by Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, and […]

Automated Order Fulfillment Sortation with Two-Sided, Light-Directed LP Put Wall System ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick’s “pick-to-light in reverse” system—on display in Booth 3903c—optimizes batch picking and high-speed order sortation. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 23, 2015) — Space-efficient and economical, the dual-sided LP Put Wall system utilizes light-directed picking modules for high-speed, automated batch sortation, making it ideal for e-commerce order fulfillment. Designed, engineered and manufactured by Lightning Pick, Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, the system […]

New Picking Light Sled for Optimized Cluster Picking Efficiency, Accuracy Highlighted at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick’s light-directed picking sled—displayed in Booth 3903c—enables several cartons to be grouped together for faster, more accurate order fulfillment. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 20, 2015) — Fast and accurate, the LP Light Sled is ideal for facilities that want to maximize cluster picking speed in their order fulfillment operations. Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, will showcase the LP […]

Mobile Picking Carts That Support Simultaneous Wave, Batch Picking of Multiple Orders at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick’s automated carts—on display in Booth 3903c—are powered by patented Perpetual Picking software to deliver continuous productivity. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 20, 2015) — Ideal for facilities with a vast number of stock keeping units (SKUs) that cannot be categorized by specific velocity, the LP Cart line of mobile picking carts will be showcased at ProMat 2015 in Booth 3903c. […]

Build2Light Light-Directed Error Proofing System at ProMat 2015.

Lightning Pick system—displayed in Booth 3903c—reduces errors in parts picking, kitting and assembly. GERMANTOWN, WI (March 20, 2015) — Reliable and flexible, the Build2Light™ system utilizes light-directed picking modules to guide operators to the correct parts, quantities and pick sequences with higher levels of accuracy than paper-based picking methods. The system is designed, engineered and manufactured by Lightning Pick, a […]

Material Handling Product News features LP Light Sled

Lightning Pick LP Light Sled Light-directed picking sled optimizes cluster picking efficiency Fast and accurate, the LP Light Sled by Lightning Pick maximizes cluster picking speed by combining the benefits of pick-to-cart, pick-to-conveyor, pick-to-light and put-to-light order fulfillment methodologies into one system. The horizontal sled enables several order cartons to be grouped together and travel on conveyor throughout a facility, stopping […]

Modern Materials Handling Casebook Directory | Information Management: Distributor targets accuracy and labor costs with mobile pick carts

CASEBOOK DIRECTORY 2014 Company consolidates six facilities into one while reducing the number of pickers by 60%. By Josh Bond, Senior Editor October 02, 2014 Symbion Consumer, Australia’s largest distributor of vitamin supplements, supplies to more than 3,500 health food stores and pharmacies across the continent and New Zealand. To cut costs, the company decided to consolidate six separate warehouses […]

Light-directed mobile picking carts highlighted in Modern Materials Handling’s June 2014 issue.

Joe Pelej, marketing manager for Matthews Fulfillment Systems, offered a variety of insights about light-directed picking systems in the June 2014 issue of Modern Materials Handling magazine. Pelej was interviewed by Associate Editor Josh Bond for the article entitled, “Light-directed activities enter the third generation.” Pelej contributed details about the latest developments in this picking technology, including its use on mobile […]

Matthews’ mobile picking carts featured in Modern Materials Handling’s March 2014 issue.

Specialized picking carts increase throughput in order fulfillment. As seen in Modern Materials Handling’s March 2014 issue. In warehousing and distribution applications, particularly for piece-picking operations and e-commerce (where one- and two-line orders are common), specialized carts can improve productivity. That’s because they allow a single picker to fill several orders at the same time during a single pass through […]

Matthews’ MODEX 2014 Exhibit Featured by Publications.

Matthews Automation Solutions’ exhibit and press conference at MODEX 2014 was featured by leading industry publications Modern Materials Handling and DC Velocity. Modern focused on the new MW Series pick-to-light hardware, while DC Velocity shared an overview of the integrated order fulfillment solutions on display in the booth. All four members of Matthews Automation Solutions—Holjeron, Lightning Pick, Matthews Marking Systems and Pyramid—were represented […]

Matthews units roll out integrated order fulfillment solutions.

Matthews units roll out integrated order fulfillment solutions. DC Velocity The five members of the Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems Division of Germantown, Wis.-based Matthew Brand Solutions today presented a series of integrated order-fulfillment technologies and solutions at the Modex 2014 show in Atlanta. The solutions work both independently and in conjunction with other systems and equipment to streamline order […]

Matthews units roll out integrated order fulfillment solutions.

Matthews Automation Solutions MODEX Booth Report Pyramid, Lightning Pick, Holjeron and Matthews Marking Systems present material handling automation and order fulfillment solutions in Atlanta CONFERENCE COVERAGE: MODEX 2014 By DC Velocity Staff March 18, 2014 The five members of the Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems Division of Germantown, Wis.-based Matthew Brand Solutions today presented a series of integrated order-fulfillment technologies […]

Modern Materials Handling features Lightning Pick pick carts in March 2014 issue.

Tuggers, carts work together to increase productivity and ergonomics Today’s tuggers and carts have evolved to the point where they can be flexibly engineered to support some, or all, of a manufacturing facility’s handling needs. By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large March 01, 2014 Manufacturing facilities are continuously looking to get lean while meeting the increasing expectations of consumers […]

Material Handling Product News features Lightning Pick order fulfillment technologies

Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems Order fulfillment technologies Industrial supply chain automation solutions for order fulfillment  Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems offers a variety of order fulfillment technologies for use throughout the industrial supply chain. Lightning Pick’s light-directed put wall and powered pick cart aids with batch picking. IPTI’s MPower Pick scan-free box-to-picker system features motor driven roller pick zones and […]

Mobile Picking Carts Support Wave, Batch Picking of Multiple Orders Simultaneously.

Automated carts—powered by patented Perpetual Picking software to deliver continuous productivity—will be featured in MODEX Booth 7609. GERMANTOWN, WI (January 21, 2014) — Ideal for facilities with a vast number of stock keeping units (SKUs) that cannot be categorized by specific velocity, a line of mobile picking carts will be showcased at MODEX 2014 in the Matthews Automation Solutions exhibit, […]

Automate Order Fulfillment Sortation with Two-Sided, Light-Directed LP Put Wall System.

Lightning Pick’s “pick-to-light in reverse” system that optimizes batch picking and high-speed order sortation on display in MODEX Booth 7609. GERMANTOWN, WI (January 21, 2014) — Space-efficient and economical, the dual-sided LP Put Wall system utilizes light-directed picking modules for high-speed, automated batch sortation, making it ideal for e-commerce order fulfillment. The LP Put Wall will be displayed at MODEX […]

Lightning Pick to Exhibit at MODEX 2014.

Lightning Pick’s solutions for material handling will be on display in the Matthews Automation Solutions exhibit, Booth 7609 at MODEX 2014. The event is sponsored by MHI and will again be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, March 17-20, 2014. The solutions offered by Matthews Automation Solutions—including Holjeron, Lightning Pick, Matthews Marking Systems and Pyramid Controls—streamline order fulfillment […]

LP Pick and LP Put in Use at Vera Bradley’s New Indiana DC.

Modern Materials Handling magazine September issue cover story features Lightning Pick in “Vera Bradley’s Multi-Channel Success.” The handbag and accessories maker’s new DC was designed to handle store replenishment, wholesale distribution and direct-to-consumer [(DTC)] sales under one roof. The article describes how the new Fort Wayne, Indiana facility uses Lightning Pick’s LP Pick pick-to-light to handle retail and DTC order fulfillment: […]

Streamlined solution for e-commerce parcel picking, packing and shipping from Matthews Automation Solutions on display at PARCEL Forum ’13.

Lightning Pick’s put-to-light station and Matthews Marking System’s MPERIA™ print control module and printers deliver fast, accurate, customized packouts. GERMANTOWN, WI – Two members of the Matthews Marking and Fulfillment Systems division of Matthews Brand Solutions—Lightning Pick and Matthews Marking Systems—will share Booth 603 at the PARCEL Forum ’13, October 7–9 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. The exhibit is […]

Vera Bradley: Designed for multi-channel distribution

Vera Bradley makes the most of pick-to-light and put-to-light methodologies to optimize order fulfillment. By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor September 01, 2013 Vera Bradley Designs; Fort Wayne, Ind. Size: 400,000 square feet of distribution space Products: Women’s handbags and accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, stationery and gifts. Throughput: Each fulfillment channel is measured differently. Direct-to-consumer: Averages 6,000 to 7,000 cartons shipped per […]

Modern Materials Handling: Vera Bradley’s multi-channel success

The handbag and accessories maker’s new DC was designed to handle store replenishment, wholesale distribution and direct-to-consumer sales under one roof. By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor September 01, 2013 For years, retailers and their suppliers outsourced distribution activities to third-party logistics (3PL) providers. The argument was that their core competency was in designing, sourcing, merchandising and selling, and not in […]

Material Handling Product News features LP put-to-light system

LP put-to-light system Put-to-light supports e-commerce batch picking Ideal for e-commerce fulfillment applications with large SKU bases, the LP put-to-light system by Lightning Pick boosts operational efficiency while supporting additional capacity for growth and increasing order accuracy. The system can be used to sort batch-picked merchandise into individual customer orders. Capable of interfacing with RF scanners, the system illuminates the […]

Light-directed activities: Order fulfillment at the speed you need

Rooted in increasingly complex software, the concept of pick-to-light has moved well beyond the pick and is now capable of relaying an array of information to workers throughout the fulfillment process. By Josh Bond, Senior Editor May 01, 2013 Ten years ago, most cell phones had single-color displays, and they were primarily used to make phone calls. Now glance at […]

Material Handling Product News features automated batch picking cart product

Automated batch picking cart Cart adds orders while cart is in motion Providing up to 40% additional accuracy over paper-based or standalone picking automation, the automated batch picking cart by Lightning Pick Technologies includes a new version of software that maximizes the efficiency of each walk pass through the warehouse. The software’s real location algorithm optimizes pick routes by selecting […]

Material Handling Product News features LP Mobile

Lightning Pick LP mobile application Cross-platform mobile pick-to-light app The Lightning Pick LP mobile application provides users of the supplier’s picking technologies with real-time productivity views, operations management controls and system diagnostics through mobile or smart phones. Offered as a Web application that is compatible across all popular smartphone platforms, the app keeps managers connected to picking systems even when not […]

MODEX 2012 Preview

Matthews Automation Solutions Booth 2125 Preview MODEX 2012, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta February 6-9 Pick Rate Challenge RF Picking is an excellent way to increase order fulfillment accuracy. Many popular WMS, ERP or other inventory management software products include RF picking modules, making RF adoption a sound progression from paper-based methods. Yes, order quality is critical, but another major […]

Matthews International Launches Matthews Supply Chain Automation Division.

New Division includes Matthews Marking Products, Holjeron, IPTI and Lightning Pick. Germantown, WI – January 31, 2012: Memorials and graphics manufacturer Matthews International Corporation has announced the launch of a new division, Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions. The new division will be comprised of two long-standing business units, Matthews Marking Products and Holjeron, along with two recently acquired companies, Innovative Picking […]

Modern Materials Handling: Matthews International forms automation division

New division includes Matthews Marking, Holjeron, IPTI and Lightning Pick By Modern Materials Handling Staff January 30, 2012 Memorials and graphics manufacturer Matthews International Corporation has announced the launch of a new division, Matthews Supply Chain Automation Solutions. The new division will be comprised of two long-standing business units, Matthews Marking Products and Holjeron, along with two recently acquired companies, Innovative […]

Mobile & Wireless: Matthews Marking’s hat trick.

Modern Materials Handling Blog. February 2012 by Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor In a deal that has largely flown under the radar, Matthews Marking acquired Lightning Pick in August. It was Matthews second acquisition of a picking technologies company in five months. Back in March 2011, Matthews added Innovative Picking Technologies to a portfolio of companies that already included Holjeron, a maker of control systems for conveyor and […]

Lightning Pick selected Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel names Lightning Pick a Top 100 Workplace in SE Wisconsin, and gives a special award for Best Work/Life Flexibility Company. In June Lightning Pick Technologies was selected by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to the newspaper’s list of 2011 Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin. Lightning Pick was also given one of eleven special awards, and was named Best […]

Photo-eye sensor pick-to-light for light curtain.

AW2038PF Three-digit display light module with photo-eye sensor. All models of Lightning Pick’s AW Series light devices share several features which are making them an increasingly popular choice by manufacturing groups utilizing them for parts picking, kitting, assembly, sequencing and other production-related material handling processes. AW Series light devices are the only lights in the marketplace that can be installed […]

Lightning Pick Technologies Now Part of Matthews International Corporation.

Germantown, WI – August 8, 2011: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of light-directed and advanced technology-based order fulfillment systems has been acquired by Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ NMS: MATW). The terms of the transaction were not immediately disclosed. For over thirty years Lightning Pick has been a best-in-class provider of pick-to-light, put-to-light, pack-to-light, RF- and voice-directed picking systems, including […]

Rochester Institute of Technology installs two Lightning Pick Products for their Toyota Production Systems Laboratory.

The Toyota Production Systems Lab focuses on manufacturing concepts, tools and techniques like line balancing, kanbans, jidoka and others. In July 2011, the Rochester Institute of Technology installed two pick-to-light products from Lightning Pick Technologies in their Toyota Production Systems Laboratory. The TPS lab provides hands-on education in fundamental production line behavior, focusing on the use of teamwork, problem solving […]

ADC: Technology company selected Top 100 workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin

Lightning Pick Technologies announced selection by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to the newspaper’s list of 2011 Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin. By Modern Materials Handling Staff June 10, 2011 Today Lightning Pick Technologies announced their selection by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to the newspaper’s list of 2011 Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin. Lightning Pick was also given one […]

Lightning Pick selected as one of the 100 Top Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Lightning Pick also Wins Special Award for “Best Company for Work/Life Flexibility.” Germantown, WI – June 9, 2011: Today Lightning Pick Technologies announced their selection by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to the newspaper’s list of 2011 Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin. Lightning Pick was also given one of eleven special awards, and was named Best Work/Life Flexibility company in the […]

LP Mobile Pick-to-Light App Released.

Stay connected to Lightning Pick’s fulfillment systems via web-based application that displays real-time views, controls and diagnostics through smart phones and mobile devices. The new LP Mobile® application provides Lightning Pick users with real-time productivity views, operations management controls and system diagnostics through their mobile or smart phones. LP Mobile is a web application, compatible across all popular smartphone platforms. […]

Going mobile …. Again.

By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor March 18, 2011 One of the questions that interested me when I did this month’s story on the mobile supply chain is the state of mobility in the supply chain collaboration space. I had a chance to talk to Young Kim, director of product management in the US for Take Solutions, a supply chain collaboration platform. Turns out […]

Phone Access to Work Performance

March 17, 2011 MH&L Staff Lightning Pick Technologies’ LP Mobile application offers real-time productivity views, operations management controls and system diagnostics through mobile or smart phones. LP Mobile is a web application, compatible across all popular smartphone platforms. Read the Full Article.  

Lightning Pick Exhibiting in Two Booths (4219 and 4250) at ProMat 2011.

Major product development in both the classic Lightning Pick Solutions Suite for order fulfillment operations and the introduction of the new Build2Light system for manufacturers has created a lot of breakthrough technologies for Lightning Pick to share at ProMat. So for ProMat 2011 Lightning Pick is presenting two booths. Booth 4250 will feature the Build2Light demo workstation, a complete pilot […]

Lightning Pick Version 6.1 Released.

Lightning Pick Version 6.1 features easier software deployment and enhanced Dashboard capabilities, managed through an advanced graphical user interface. Germantown, WI – January 20, 2011: Lightning Pick Technologies today announced the release of their Lightning Pick Version 6.1 software. Lightning Pick order fulfillment execution software manages and drives the performance of multiple paperless picking products including Pick to Light, Put to […]

Supply chain: Picking strategies.

Business Excellence October 2010 Right now, hundreds of thousands of pick-to-light modules are illuminating in distribution centers across the globe, directing order fulfillment operators to their next correct pick. For over three decades companies have been efficiently processing millions of orders each year with single or multiple light-directed applications in their supply chains. These original installations provided considerable increases in […]

Pick-to-light technology: Lightening the load.

Advancements in pick-to-light technology and a variety of new applications have prompted a growth in use and productivity. By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large September 17, 2010 As recently as 15 years ago, when pick-to-light systems were gaining wider acceptance, a common application might include some 20,000 light modules spread throughout a warehouse. Such systems were only affordable for […]

Pack-to-light proves perfect process for distribution centers.

WTG News September 2010 Written by Thomas R. Cutler As of January 1, 2010, Charlotte Russe operated over 500 stores throughout 45 states and Puerto Rico.  Charlotte Russe stores deliver style in clothing and accessories, providing an exciting, fashionable assortment of merchandise that compliments virtually every facet of their customers’ lifestyle. Founded in 1975, their stores provide fashion and lifestyle […]

Order fulfillment execution systems impact productivity and bottom-line.

Accounting Software 411 July 2010 Written by Thomas R. Cutler Finding software solutions that provide both a powerful and flexible order fulfillment execution system available is challenging. Advanced software technology that enables productivity-enhancing tools, are critical to gain a supply chain competitive edge. According to Jim Bast, Vice-President and General Manager of Lightning Pick (www.lightningpick.com), “More functionality means more control […]

Lightning Pick recognized as one of the Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners.

SupplyChainBrain.com just announced the top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners.  Lightning Pick  (www.lightningpick.com) was one of the recognized leaders.  The special issue celebrates those companies that have been nominated by their partners as deserving recognition because the product or service has been of great value. Whether in logistics, technology or consulting, these 100 selected companies aided, advanced, and improved the […]

Most advanced order fulfillment system.

Tag44.com July 2010 Written by Thomas R. Cutler Finding software solutions that provide both a powerful and flexible order fulfillment execution system available is challenging.  Advanced software technology that enables productivity-enhancing tools, are critical to gain a supply chain competitive edge. According to Jim Bast, Vice-President and General Manager of Lightning Pick (www.lightningpick.com), “More functionality means more control and precise […]

Pick-to-light drives immediate lean manufacturing automation advantages.

Automation.com The benefits of Pick-to-Light solutions cannot be overlooked as a best-of-breed, lean manufacturing, continuous process improvement, cost-saving technique. There are extensive benefits of Light-Directed Order Picking. The flexibility of Pick-to-Light technology solutions offer cable-free light module hardware; this flexibility enables the productivity of light-directed order fulfillment to virtually all popular material storage and handling media found in distribution centers and […]

The role of pick-to-light benefits in automation.

Automation Media.com May 2010 Written by Thomas R. Cutler Although it has been around for more than twenty years, the benefits of Pick-to-Light solutions cannot be overlooked. What is pick-to-light? There are extensive benefits of Light-Directed Order Picking. According to Bernie McCabe, Manager of Lightning Pick Technologies, “Pick-to-light is a light directed order fulfillment system.” McCabe’s firm led the cable-free […]

Multimodal order picking solutions.

Multiple order picking processes, three technologies, one solution. New Lightning Pick Version 6.0 Distribution centers servicing multiple distribution channels may be responsible for a variety of full and split case quantity fulfillment operations. The new Lightning Pick Version 6.0 manages multiple paperless picking technologies to optimize these multimodal picking environments. Instead of applying one technology to handle all areas, order […]

LP Dashboard 6.0

New Version of Lightning Pick’s Dashboard Software features several exciting new data views and capabilities for increased process visibility. LP Dashboard Version 6.0 enables any executive, manager or supervisor to easily view pick rate productivity, accuracy, throughput and other vital activities in their order fulfillment or manufacturing operations through one ‘centralized’ software application. Lightning Pick customers can see real-time, updated […]

NA 2010 preview: Wireless pick-to-light system.

See the material handling industry’s first mobile pick-to-light solution! NA 2010 Preview | Lightning Pick Booth #1543 The Lightning Pick NW Series are wireless pick-to-light modules, providing the benefits of light-directed picking to a variety of applications beyond traditional shelf or rack-mounted devices. The LP Wireless Pick-to-Light System® is ideal for any temporary or mobile product locations such as totes, […]

Leverage light-directed order fulfillment.

Pick-to-light for retail order fulfillment. Pick-to-light or put-to-light? What’s best for my distribution center? By Jim Bast, General Manager, Lightning Pick Technologies February 2010 (Originally for Integrated Solutions For Retailers) Most major retailers utilize some form of light-directed order fulfillment, commonly called pick to light (PTL) in their distribution centers. The technology is generally acknowledged to provide the highest unit […]

New put-to-light website.

PutToLight.com Lightning Pick launches a new Website focusing on put-to-light solutions, applications & advantages. Put-to-light systems are a great way to sort batch picked product or full cases of merchandise across multiple locations, each location having a container or tote associated with a specific customer order. With put-to-light, operators scan a bar code on the product or on the full […]

Warehouse capacity improvement.

Warehouse capacity improvement. By Bob Betke Vice President at F. Curtis Barry & Company Although labor is the prime area of attention when it comes time to assess warehouse operations efficiency, another key area that can yield significant cost savings is the utilization of the facility itself. Probably the most frequent lament heard from our warehouse clients is the “I […]

A Party of Thousands

Lia sophia automates order picking to support increased demand and shorten lead times. October 1, 2009 MH&L Staff Lia sophia is a jewelry company with products sold through a national network of independent sales contractors, known as Advisors, at jewelry parties (roughly analogous to Tupperware parties). Headquartered in Wood Dale, Ill. (near Chicago), the company’s objective is to provide exceptional […]

LP Social Media

“Pick” up Lightning Pick on new, popular social media sites Connect with other leaders in production, manufacturing, distribution and order fulfillment with Lightning Pick’s new Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages! These are great networking channels to share best practice tips and techniques on material handling automation, paperless picking, lean initiatives, process improvement projects or any hot topics of interest. You […]

Add more bang for your buck.

Here’s how to get the most out of your pick-to-light investment. Equipment Report | Pick-to-Light By Susan K. Lacefield May 1, 2009 You know that pick-to-light technology can boost picking accuracy and accelerate throughput. But times are tight, and these systems aren’t cheap. How can you make sure you’ll see a quick return on your investment? With most technologies, the […]

Wireless pick-to-light.

Press Release Lightning Pick introduces the new NW Series Wireless pick-to-Light system for picking products without traditional rack or shelving locations. Germantown, WI – April 22, 2009: Lightning Pick, providers of paperless picking systems including the number one selling pick-to-light solution in North America today released the new Lightning Pick NW Series Wireless Pick-to-Light System. The NW Series is the first […]

New FAQ – Lightning Pick goes live with searchable product knowledge database.

Lightning Pick is pleased to announce the addition of a new Frequently Asked Questions section to the LP Customer Zone.  The new FAQ feature is a searchable product knowledge base providing fast, complete answers to customer support questions. Last fall Lightning Pick went live with the completely updated LP Customer Zone, the customer-only access area of thehttps://www.lightningpick.com website. The Customer […]

Multi-modal order picking environments.

Press Release Lightning Pick Version 5.4 optimizes multi-modal order picking environments. One order fulfillment automation technology provides pick-to-light, voice-directed picking and RF picking systems to provide paperless productivity throughout operations with multiple picking processes. Germantown, WI – February 12, 2009: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of Pick-to-Light and other advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, today announced that Lightning Pick© […]

LP Notify: Providing system self-health check automation.

LP Notify provides Lightning Pick system self-health check automation for preventative maintenance and proactive support. LP Notify takes customer support to a new level by constantly monitoring Lightning Pick applications with automated system health checks. If an issue arises, a message is sent to Lightning Pick , enabling them to provide an unmatched level of proactive system support. LP Notify provides […]

ProMat 2009 preview.

Press Release What’s New at Booth #4441 Germantown, WI – January 5, 2009: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of pick-to-light and other advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, will be showcasing the breadth of their paperless picking technology platform along with a brand new dashboard visibility tool. Multiple Order Picking Processes, Three Technologies, One Solution Visit booth #4441 where Lightning Pick […]

LP Dashboard

New product release: LP Dashboard The new LP Dashboard provides executives, managers and supervisors with improved visibility into their Lightning Pick-controlled operations for superior decision support and rapid response. Real-time visibility. View real-time operational data from your Lightning Pick-controlled areas and leverage the benefits of improved business intelligence with the Lightning Pick Dashboard. The LP Dashboard enables any executive, manager […]

RF Picking and Pick-to-Light

September 1, 2008 MH&L Staff This case history about GEAR FOR SPORTS comes courtesy of Lightning Pick Technologies. It has been selected and edited by the MHM editorial staff for clarity, content and style. Company Profile GEAR FOR SPORTS® has become the leader in custom decorated apparel and sportswear. Over the past 30 years the GEAR FOR SPORTS family of […]

Material Handling Companies Host Free Open House

September 1, 2008 Mary Aichlmayr CINCINNATI— Intelligrated and Lightning Pick Technologies will host a free open house to showcase innovations in material handling and fulfillment. Read the Full Article.

Lightning Pick Version 5.4 is released.

Press Release New Advanced Pick-to-Light Software Version Introduces the LP Dashboard Graphical Productivity Data Analysis Tool and the new Lightning Pick QC Workstation. Germantown, WI – July 14, 2008: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of pick-to-light and other advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, today announced the release of Lightning Pick© Version 5.4. This version introduces the new LP Dashboard, a […]

Green light – Lightning Pick’s solutions are environmentally friendly.

Lightning Pick hardware is constructed with recyclable materials. The ecologically and economically sound choice for pick-to-light. Germantown, WI – June 1, 2008: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, announced today that their LP Pick pick-to-light product and other light-directed fulfillment technologies are truly ‘green’ Lightning Pick provides an ecologically and economically sound alternative to using the […]

Goody Products improves legacy pick-to-light system with a Lightning Pick retrofit.

 When its Pick-to-Light system kept breaking down, hair-care products manufacturer Goody knew it was time to update its equipment. A 2006 retrofit solved the problem while boosting productivity and accuracy. By Susan Lacefield For three years, it happened again and again. Picking operations at Goody Products Inc.’s Columbus, Ga., distribution center came to a halt because of some sort of maintenance […]

NA 2008 Review

Multiple order picking processes, three technologies, one solution and the new LP Dashboard. DC Velocity Magazine Reviews Lightning Pick at NA 2008 By DC Velocity Staff New dashboard helps you see the light. The new LP Dashboard from Lightning Pick Technologies, which was on display at NA08, offers managers a graphical tool for analyzing productivity data. Managers can use the […]

Lightning Pick and Voxware announce solution partnership.

Press Release Germantown, WI – April 14, 2008: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of light-directed order fulfillment execution solutions, today announced their partnership with Voxware, Inc., a leading supplier of software for voice-driven warehousing operations. The Lightning Pick Product Suite will now leverage the Voxware 3 platform to provide distributors with a proven Voice-Directed picking application as a standalone […]

Lightning Pick Technologies and Manhattan Associates continue Alliance Partnership throughout 2008 .

Press Release Lightning Pick and Manhattan Associates continue partnership. Germantown, WI – February 4, 2008: Lightning Pick today announced their continued commitment to Manhattan Associates’ Alliance Partnership program for 2008. Manhattan Associates is the leading provider of supply chain optimization solutions and technology that help organizations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution. Manhattan Associates’ Partner Program (MAP2) develops […]

Pick-to-light system utilizes hands-free Socket cordless ring scanner.

Press Release Socket Mobile Inc.’s Bluetooth enabled cordless ring scanner certified for usage on Lightning Pick’s light-directed order fulfillment solutions. Germantown, WI – October 17, 2007: Lightning Pick and Socket Mobile, Inc. are pleased to announce that the Socket Mobile Cordless Ring Scanner (CRS) has been certified for use on Lightning Pick’s pick-to-light systems. The Socket Mobile unit provides hands-free […]

Pick a peck of products.

Multichannel Merchant Featuring Lightning Pick customers Tastefully Simple and Doctors Foster and Smith By Ann Meyer Sep 01, 2007 Ann’s article explores the best to analyze your order fulfillment process and requirements to determine if Pick to Light, Voice-directed picking, cart-based systenms or other automated solutions are the best fit for your operation. Read the Full Article.

Distribution On Demand Spotlight: Market America.

Market America Distribution in Demand July 2006 By DC eVOLVE Staff Market America is an e-commerce business selling the latest cutting edge products. Called the mall without walls, they sell everything from nutritional supplements to cosmetics and household cleaners. Market America provides the highest quality market-driven products to consumers through their unique and innovative UnFranchise® system, through more than 100,000 […]

Peter Gerbitz joins Lightning Pick.

Press Release Lightning Pick announces new new Western Region Sales Manager Germantown, WI – July 9, 2007: Lightning Pick Technologies, a leading provider of Pick-to-Light and other advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, has hired Peter Gerbitz as its new Western Region Sales Manager. He will be managing Lightning Pick’s sales operations for the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, […]

Picking up the pieces, smartly.

June 18, 2007 Roger Morton Of technologies available to automate warehouse operations, pick-to-light enjoys success by boosting picker productivity with increased speed and accuracy of picks. That translates into better system throughput. In general, here’s how pick-to-light works: Light indicator modules are mounted on storage areas. When a product stored in the location is needed, a light flashes. The worker […]

Lightning Pick Version 5.2 is released.

Press Release New Pick-to-light software version features web reporting. Germantown, WI – June 12, 2007: Lightning Pick, a leading provider of Pick-to-Light and other advanced order fulfillment execution solutions, today announced the release of Lightning Pick© Version 5.2. The new version features the option to view productivity reports through the internet. Lightning Pick software drives the performance of the provider’s […]

It’s all about the SKUs.

Start-It Magazine Written by Peggy Smedley Arbonne International is a leading direct selling distributor of health and beauty products. The company installed a pick-to-light system from Lightning Pick Technologies in their Irvine, CA distribution center to increase the speed and accuracy of their order picking process. As the company’s rapid business growth continued, a new DC in Greenwood, IN was built […]

Q&A with a DOD Leader: Jim Bast of Lightning Pick.

Interview with Jim Bast, General Manager of Lightning Pick Distribution in Demand Jim Bast has over 24 years of experience improving distribution operations. He specializes in designing, implementing and integrating a broad range of automation products and material handling solutions with specific focus on high-speed light-directed order fulfillment projects. He explains how productivity goals are best achieved through technology integration. […]

Cover Story: Function Follows Fashion: Vera Bradley’s Distribution Strategy

Vera Bradley’s plans for making the distribution function more flexible opens the door to creativity and progress for the entire company. February 1, 2006 Clyde Witt When a company is located on Progress Road, just down the street from the corner of Profit and Dividend, one might question the wisdom of tempting the Fates by building a new distribution center […]

PCC Systems changes name to Lightning Pick Technologies.

Germantown, Wisconsin—PCC Systems, LLC announced today that they will now be conducting business as Lightning Pick Technologies. Lightning Pick Technologies will remain under the umbrella of the Professional Control Corporation (PCC) of Germantown, Wisconsin; no company structure or ownership changes have been made. “Our new identity is more descriptive of what we do,” said Jim Bast, General Manager. “We will […]

Thanks for the memories.

Supply Chain Manufaturing & Logistics Adding a new WMS from HighJump to its SAP ERP and PCC’s pick-to-light solution brought speed and accuracy to Creative Memories’ growing logistics process. By Deb Navas, Editor at Large November 09, 2005 Creative Memories markets scrapbook photo albums, papers, supplies, tools, stickers, and accessories through more than 90,000 sales consultants in 11 countries. It […]

Lightning Pick Technologies wins the Supply Chain Innovator Award for the 2nd year in a row.

2005 Supply Chain Innovator Awards Supply Chain Manufaturing & Logistics By Supply Chain Systems Staff October 13, 2005 End User Company: Creative Memories Business: Marketer of scrapbook photo albums, papers, supplies, tools, stickers, and accessories through more than 90,000 sales consultants in 11 countries. One of the top 10 party-plan direct-sales businesses in the U.S. Key Tech Providers: HighJump Software […]

Best picks.

Lightning fast. Multichannel Merchant By Karen Berman Aug 01, 2005 This is the third installment of a three-part series on picking technologies and strategies. In this edition, they examine pick-to-light technology. Features Lightning Pick customers Current, Inc. and Market America. Read the Full Article.

New Facility: Music, Put-to-Light Keeps Hot Topic in Sync

New distribution center supports customer focus of hot teen retailer. July 1, 2005 Lisa Kempfer High volume, fast flow and great customer service is the beat that Hot Topic, Inc. rocks to with its musicinspired clothing and other trendy products. Music with a reverberating bass, and dècor that’s hip and industrial draws teens to its stores. T-shirts, CDs from the […]

Storage strategies: Carousels keep things moving.

Dynamic storage seems like a contradiction in terms. It is, however, the way many companies choose to handle inventory. Material Handling & Logistics By Clyde Witt July 01, 2005 Dynamic storage seems like a contradiction in terms. It is, however, the way many companies choose to handle inventory. Inventory will always be part of manufacturing and distribution. Keeping inventories moving, […]

Dream on.

Fast forward. Multichannel Merchant By Karen Berman April 01, 2005 In the market for picking technologies? Chances are you’re looking for advice. Dave Piasecki, principal of Inventory Operations Consulting in Kenosha, WI, offers the following insights: Do your ROI calculation yourself. I am amazed at how often companies accept a technology provider’s ROI without questioning the basis for the ROI. […]

Supply Chain Innovators Award 2004

Supply Chain Manufacturing & Logistics Lightning Pick wins Supply Chain Innovator Award Supply Chain Systems Editors October 01, 2004 Leading edge systems combined with forward-thinking management yield supply chain success. You can’t go to a supply chain show or conference these days without hearing the word “visibility.” Everyone wants to be able to see what is happening throughout their supply […]

Distribution champ.

Speed Challenge A new distribution center near Kansas City is expected to save GEAR For Sports a million dollars a year on distribution costs. September 1, 2004 By David Maloney Looking for a new sweatshirt of your favorite college sports team? Chances are that when you find it, the shirt will have passed through GEAR For Sports’ new Lenexa, Kansas […]

Good nutrition, good supply chain.

Supply Chain Manufacturing & Logistics A new WMS and ERP assures the highest quality production and distribution of nutritional supplements. Deb Navas, Editor at Large May 15, 2004 Project Profile… Standard Process Inc. … Palmyra, Wis. Manufactures whole food nutritional supplements Objective: To maximize space efficiencies and reduce raw materials safety stock System Integrator: ZR Data, Cincinnati, Ohio Good nutrition […]

Don’t be blinded by the lights.

Equipment Handling and Applications | Pick-to-Light It’s easy to be dazzled by the flashy colored lights in today’s pick-to-light systems. But it’s the software that separates the best from the rest. By Bernie Knill May 1, 2006 Let’s get rid of the notion that pick-to-light systems start and end with lights. That might have been true 25 years ago when […]

Accuracy + Speed = Pick-to-Light

Technological advances have increased flexibility, reduced size and brought down the cost of pick-to-light for small parts picking. Audust 1, 2002 Christopher Trunk “The most important thing about small parts picking is accuracy,” says Darin Danelski, president of Innovative Picking Technologies Inc. “When that pick-to-light panel flashes, you’re going to select the right product, and that accuracy spells savings in […]

Wind Sorter speeds order at music distributor.

Wind Sorter by PCC Systems Material Handling & Logistics By MH&L Staff November 1, 2001 This distributor of CDs, videos, DVDs and tapes was turning away customers before installing a high-speed conveyor sortation system that increased throughput significantly. Dart called Professional Control Corporation (PCC), aninnovator of high-performance order fulfillment solutions. PCC had justintroduced the Wind Sorter, a high-speed sortation system […]

Harley-Davidson Revs Up Distribution

A retrofitted pick-to-light system lets Harley take on more SKUs at its 250,000-square-foot distribution center in Franklin, Wisconsin. May 1, 2001 MH&L Staff When you need to handle more, a retrofit can be the ideal way to go. Such was the case for Harley-Davidson. Retrofitting a pick-to-light system is helping the motorcycle heavyweight throttle up efficiency and productivity at its […]

Material Handling in Consumer Electronics

MHM editors report on business trends, software and equipment for today’s fast-paced consumer electronics manufacturing and distribution. March 1, 2001 MH&L Staff The Year 2000 proved to be as dangerous to manufacturers in consumer electronics as it threatened to be for industry in general. In fact, the chairman of the board of an electronics distribution company convened its first board […]

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