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Invata recognized in Top 100 IT Providers

Inbound Logistics Magazine has selected Invata Intralogistics as one of the logistics industry’s Top 100 IT Providers for the third year in a row.

Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies whose solutions are central to solving logistics and supply chain challenges, and whose customer successes are well-documented. Invata has once again been chosen as a part of the list for its leadership in providing scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation. Read the full article here.

Invata featured in DC Velocity magazine April cover story.

The stakes in keeping systems running are higher than ever because of the explosive growth of e-commerce, which puts a premium on speed and precision in the DC to meet uncompromising omnichannel fulfillment demands.

With that in mind, DC Velocity examines the steps systems integrators are taking to minimize the need for technical support from outside sources. Invata’s practice of training customers on its systems so they can self-diagnose and make repairs on their own for a majority of support-related issues is discussed in the article. Read the full article here.

Modern Material Magazine article on The Evolving DC Tech Stack

Modern Materials Handling Magazine explores why WES software is gaining prominence and why data science matters to the evolving DC tech stack. In the article, Invata’s Walter High explains Invata’s approach to systems development.

“In building out system infrastructure, we take a whole system approach to optimizing process flows that embraces lean engineering techniques in the physical layout of our systems, the intelligence of our software, and the application of advanced technology that maximizes the efficiency of human interaction, while eliminating toilsome labor requirements,” says High. “In doing so, we eliminate as much manual and planned push-based processing as possible, and replace it with pull-based, self-regulating and self-maintaining systems.” Read the article here.

An in-depth article from Deloitte Uninversity Press that exams how Industry 4.0 will likely transform the distribution center through the use of innovation, recognizes Invata Intralogistics for the advanced ASRS technology its using to turn DC’s into strategic facilities that provide competitive advantage.

Examining how DCs will evolve into an increasingly crucial element of the supply chain, the article promotes the “need to adapt to new expectations for quickly handling an ever-more diverse set of goods—all while performing additional value-added tasks not traditionally associated with warehouses.” Read the article here.

Invata Expands Its Software Development Team

New Hires

November 30, 2016 — Invata is proud to announce the addition of more employees to its software engineering and quality assurance ranks:

Kiruthika Sivasamy – Quality Assurance Analyst. Kiruithika has a masters degree from GeorgiaTech in Supply Chain Management and has worked for Manhattan Associates, The Home Depot, and Keystone Logic. Her initial focus is assisting is with QA department buildup and the development and execution of quality test cases for BSW. Kiruthika is based in Atlanta.

Robert Savona – Sr. Software Engineer. Robert has many years of experience in material handling equipment and warehousing, specifically in the area of warehouse control systems WCS (plus). Robert worked many years for SeayCo Integrators. He is based in Atlanta.

Kevin Toth – Sr. Software Engineer. Kevin is a veteran in software development as well as project management, development management, and account management. He is a certified Xamarin developer, which is Microsoft’s premier mobile development platform. Kevin will be focusing on the Android development of the wearable picking solution PickRight. Kevin is based in Atlanta.

We welcome Kiruthika, Robert, and Kevin to the Invata team.

Invata Expands Its Project Management Team

New Hires

October 24, 2016 — Invata is proud to announce the addition of Joe Hall to its project management team. Joe will be assuming the role of Senior Project Manager and will focus on key software-driven projects currently in the Invata pipeline.

A practical, results-oriented project manager capable of effectively managing complex projects, Joe comes to Invata with a diversity of software engineering and project management expertise gained from working for companies that include Intelligrated, FKI, and Dematic. Joe brings an in-depth knowledge of software programming, material handling system design, and project management along with a keen focus on customer satisfaction that will make him a valuable asset to the team at Invata.

We welcome Joe to the Invata team.

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September 30, 2016 — Invata was honored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) as a finalist in the 2016 Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition.

The CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain Supply Chain Innovation Award is today’s most prestigious recognition of innovation in supply chain management, highlighting innovations in process, technology, and/or application that create quantifiable and sustainable results in cost savings, revenue, and customer satisfaction. 

Read the complete story here.

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Modern Materials Handling Magazine focuses on waveless fulfillment, quoting Invata’s Jay Moris on the benefits derived from waveless order processing as well as the factors that distinguish true waveless processing from wave-based processing that calls itself waveless.

“Waveless is a different way of thinking about things,” says Jay Moris. “It’s letting certain resources pull available work into them, rather than having some predetermined master system that divides work into big chunks to try to push work through the system.”

See the article in the July, 2016 issue here.

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Omni-channel Fulfillment is the focus of the MMH article on Destination Maternity’s new 406,00 sq. ft, facility in Florence NJ. Featuring new ways of looking at systems design, automated processing, and systems software and testing, the Invata designed, built, and controlled system provides highly innovative solutions to complex logistics challenges, including warehouse execution software with complete WMS and WCS functionality.

“The industry has wonder whether you can run a highly automated facility with a traditional WMS. Destinationa Maternity’s answer is ‘yes.'” says Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor of MMH, “It’s a pretty remarkable story.”

Read the complete story here.

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Potpourri Group, Inc. (PGI), a North American multi-channel retailer with 15 brands, opens its new 450,000 square foot DC featuring an Invata-built warehouse automation system.

The facility incorporates intelligent conveyor systems, sorters, voice directed picking systems, and print apply systems and is controlled by Invata Warehouse Execution Software.  Read the complete story here.

Invata Chosen as Finalist in Supply Chain Innovation Awards

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The CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain Supply Chain Innovation Award™ is today’s most prestigious recognition of innovation in supply chain management. Invata’s case study on Destination Maternity has been selected as one of six finalists in this case study competition.

The industry’s highest honor, the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ has been given to just over 50 companies since the award’s inception in 2005. Scores in this case study competition are awarded to each case study submitted based on innovation, case study results, and final presentation to a conference audience at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference to be held in September 2016. Judges of the competition include a wide range of analysts, educators, practitioners, and industry journalists from CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain.

The Invata case study chosen as a finalist in this contest focuses on optimizing omni-channel fulfillment and can be seen on our website.

Invata selected as a “2016 Great Supply Chain Partner”

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Each year, SupplyChainBrain choices a list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners featuring a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services.

Winners are nominated by supply chain professionals whose businesses have realized a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance as a result of the nominee’s solutions.

Invata was chosen from hundreds of nominations for solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management. The listing will appear in the July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain Magazine.

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Each year, Inbound Logistics develops a list of the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers. IL editors research capabilities based on submitted questionnaires and other sources, then select 100 technology providers offering solutions designed to meet business logistics managers’ supply chain challenges.

Inbound Logistics’ editors place value on choosing providers whose solutions are central to solving transportation, logistics, and supply chain challenges, and whose customer successes are well-documented.

This year’s Top 100 Logistics IT Providers include those serving Fortune 1000 companies, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.  Read the complete story here.

Invata Expands Its Grands Rapids Operation

New Hires

Invata it excited to announce new additions to our engineering team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brent Burkitt joins Invata as a Sr. Design Engineer Brent started his design career designing special machines for the Automotive industry, In 2006 Brent began designing conveyor systems for a major material handling company using AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical. While working in the material handling industry, Brent has designed mechanical and electrical control panels for the Automotive, Postal, Parcel and Warehouse industries. Brent’s primary role, at Invata, is to design electrical control systems and develop electrical control standards using AutoCAD electrical.

Mike Franklin joins Invata as a Sr. Project manager. Mike has over 20 years of experience in automated material handling systems including conveyors, sorters, ASRS equipment and the warehouse execution software that makes it all work. Mike has been responsible for the management of very large material handling systems of 10’s of million in value. Mikes will initially be handling the project management of Invata’s lated goods to person picking system incorporating ASRS shuttle technology.

We welcome Brent, Adam, and Mike to the Invata team and are happy to anounce our further expansion in Grand Rapids.

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine editors annually recognize 100 companies for the part they play in helping their clients achieve excellence in their supply chain operations.

The magazine’s editorial staff based its 2016 choices on a provider’s ability to innovate and problem solve in order to maximize efficiency, profitability, and more. The 2016 SDCE 100 innovations depict how supply chain and service providers can partner with clients to “take business from ordinary to extraordinary.”.  Read the complete story here.

Invata welcomes additions to it’s integration team

New Hires

The last few months have been busy at invata and as a result we’ve added several new team members to our engineering and integration staff as automation engineers.

Joining the Invata are John Leonard who has a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Illinois State University. Justin Warren who graduated from Philadelphia’s Drexel University with both a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Andrew Wheeler who graduated from Millersville University with a BS in Applied Engineering and Technology Management, and Zane Ford who graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Industrial Engineering.

Our new engineers are presently on field assignments and will report to Invata offices in Conshohocken, PA and Grand Rapids, MI.

Congratulations to Invata’s newest automation engineers.

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Long time Invata customer, Newgistics, a leading provider of end-to-end commerce solutions for top retailers and brands announced that its parcel delivery business carried a record number of eCommerce packages during the 2015 holiday season with exceptional network performance. With a 110 percent spike in volume between the busiest weeks before and during peak holiday delivery periods, Newgistics’ network scaled to meet increased demand.  Read the complete story here.

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MMH Magazine’s January issue takes a closer look at the evolving role of Warehouse Execution Software in the world of omni-channel distribution.  In focusing on the increasingly high-levels of WES functionality such as waveless order processing, performance analytics and mobile apps now available in WES, MMH gets input from Jay Moris on how Invata combines a standard toolset of algorithms and stored procedures with careful analysis of a DC’s desired processes and equipment details to deploy its WES solutions.   Read the complete article here.

Plans for new Invata Fulfillment Center Highlifghted in the Boston Globe

The Potpourri Group, Inc. (PGI) is one of the leading multi-title catalog companies in America.  To accommodate contnuing growth, PGI is building a new $50 million fulfillment center in Littleton, MA and has hired Invata Intralogistics to provide their new warehouse automation system and the software needed to run it.

The 450,000 square foot facility will feature intelligent conveyor systems, sorters, voice directed picking systems, and potentially accommodate growth in the number of orders processed on a daily basis up to a level that is two to three times the company’s current volume.  Read their write up on Invata here.

Invata recognized as top 10 warehouse management solution provider.

Logistics Tech Outlook Magazine has named Invata a Top 10 Warehouse Management Solutions Providers for 2016.

According to Logistic Tech Outlook managing editor, Linda James, “a distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and the Logistics Tech Outlook editorial board has selected ten companies that are at the forefront of providing Warehouse Management Solutions and impacting the marketplace. In our selection process, we looked at the vendor’s capability to fulfill the need for cost-effective and flexible solutions that add value to the logistics landscape.” Read their write up on Invata here.

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Invata engineers work on ASRS shuttle.

The summer has been a busy one at Invata and, as a result, there has been expansion in the ranks of both our automation engineering team and our systems engineering team.

Joining the company on the automation side are Peter Falchetta, Ankit Patel, and Long Vo, who we welcome as new Automation Engineers.

Joining the company on the systems side are Josh Shaak and Joe Weiss, who we welcome as Systems Engineers.

Congratulations to our new engineers!

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Click on picture to see cake.

One might not expect to read about a wedding cake on this website, unless, of course, it’s in a case study about a distribution center for a large scale retail bakery, but since we make a habit of exceeding expectations at Invata, we thought it only appropriate.

When Invata veteran and VP of Engineering, Mike Franke, got married recently, he and his bride, Annie, didn’t cut into just any wedding cake at their reception, they cut into one that was befitting of both the groom’s mechanical engineering skills and their years ahead as a married couple… because as everyone who has ever been married knows, it takes a good set of tools to optimize a marriage over the course of lifetime.

Congratulations to Annie and Mike from all of us at Invata!

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Inbound Logistics Magazine has selected Invata Intralogistics as one of the logistics industry’s Top 100 IT Providers for the second year in a row.

Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. The companies selected are considered to be leading the way in 2015 by providing scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation in their offerings.  Read the complete story here.

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Invata CEO Ryan Sheehan is featured in the April issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine as a 2015 Pro-to-Know.

Ryan was nominated for his accomplishments and leadership in helping Invata clients leverage the Supply Chain for competitive advantage. Ryan’s efforts in developing the tools, processes, and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation and innovation make him a Pro-to-Know.  Congratulations, Ryan.  Read the complete story here.

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Invata CEO Ryan Sheehan is featured in the April issue of Material Handling & Logistics Magazine in which he shares his expertise on the functional differences between WMS and WCS systems and the changing roles they can play in the highly automated material handling environment.

Ryan speaks to the importance of orchestrating WMS and WCS functionality such that the systems are not competing and the best decisions can be for an operation at any moment in time.  The article also highlights an Invata case study featuring our WCS system.  Read the full article here.

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After much preparation in the months leading up to Promat, the Invata team descended on Chicago in March and assembled a new trade show display featuring the company’s new Certainty message.

The message focused on the idea that when it comes to the nuances of warehouse automation, there’s no tolerance for guess work and that certainty — as it relates to warehouse automation — is the primary deliverable Invata provides its clients. Read more…

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Invata CMO Jay Moris is featured in the February issue of DC Velocity Magazine in which he shares many key insights companies should keep in mind when considering an automated packing line.

Jay suggests that companies should look at a packing line as a single, integrated entity, rather than as a collection of individual pieces of equipment — and that if done right, packing lines become an entire machine in themselves.  Read the full packing automation article here.

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SupplyChain247 takes a close look at legacy WMS systems and their ability to keep up in the face of ecommerce demands on business and real-time WCS systems that can handle a good deal of what used to be reserved the WMS.

In seeking expert insight, SupplyChain 247 quotes Invata. Read the full article here.

Invata Client Vitacost Ranks in Top Five for Fastest Order Life Cycle.

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Vitacost.com, Inc., a leading online retailer of healthy living products, recently announced that it has been ranked #5 for fastest Order Life Cycle by StellaService, a company that measures the customer service performance of online retailers.  Order Life Cycle (OLC) includes two measurements: Total Days to Delivery, which calculates total days from when an order is submitted online to when the package arrives; and Total Days to Refund Processed, which measures days elapsed from when an item is returned to when a refund is posted to the customer’s credit card statement.

Vitacost.com’s average OLC was 8.7 days, well below the 15.8 average for all 138 online retailers analyzed in the survey.  In the category of vitamins and supplements, Vitacost.com ranked #1.   Read more about this is the Stella Service Top Ten Ranking Report and Vitacost’s press release.

 

Invata welcomes William McDonnell to its engineering team.

William McDonnell joined Invata in June 2014 as an AutoCAD engineer, enhancing our capabilities to deliver advanced material handling systems and the visualizations needed to present them to our clients as well as install them in the field. Will is part of the team responsible for designing and implementing Invata’s warehouse automation systems out of our Grand Rapids office. Will joins us from Ferris State University.

We welcome Will to the team!

Invata welcomes Steve Ax to its engineering team.

Steve Ax joined Invata in June 2014 as a Controls Engineer, enhancing our capabilities to deliver advanced material handling systems. Steve is part of the team responsible for implementing Invata’s sortation and conveyor systems out of our Grand Rapids office. Steve is an industry veteran, with experience dating back to 1999 in conveyors, sorters, PLC software, and AutoCAD design.

We welcome Steve to the team!

 

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This year’s top 100 features great supply chain projects, putting the spotlight on “successful and innovative transformation projects that are delivering bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises.”

The article will appear in the June edition of Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. Here is their announcement.

Invata welcomes John Polmanteer to its engineering team.

John Polmanteer joined Invata in May 2014 as an Automation Systems Engineer expanding our capabilities to conceptualize and install warehouse automation projects.

John is part of the team responsible for designing and implementing Invata’s material handling and automated storage and retrieval systems.  He has over 17 years of experience in the industry, with an emphasis on AS/RS, conveyors, and the simulation/visualization of those systems.  Welcome John!

Invata in Top 100

Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence, leading the way in 2014. The companies on this list provide leadership by answering Inbound Logistics readers’ needs for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation. Read the full article here.

ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS FEATURING THE INVATA TEAM:

This article discusses the importance of picking the right systems integrator for your project. Read the full article written by James Cooke of DC Velocity.

Taking control of your sortation, packaging, and shipping processes can help achieve many savings opportunities in your eCommerce warehouse. Learn more about this article written by Jay Moris, Co-President of Invata Intralogistics, on Inbound Logistics’ commentary viewpoint.

A cloud-based WMS may sound good on the surface, but dive a little deeper and you’ll find potential problems. Click here to read the full article written by James Cooke of DC Velocity.

There are a number of things to consider when setting up and configuring packing stations. Read the full article written by Toby Gooley of DC Velocity.

See how Invata helped optimize Koch Entertainment’s (eOne) packaging operations. Click here to read the full article written by James Cooke of DC Velocity.

There is no such thing as a plug and play solution for your distribution center. Click here to read the full article written by James Cooke of DC Velocity.