The FlytWare aerial inventory solution featuring fully autonomous drones will be showcased, live, at MODEX 2020. Visitors can stop by Booth # 1409 to learn first-hand how 3PL and air cargo facilities have started deploying inventory drones in their DCs and warehouses, powered by intelligent automation software from FlytBase, Inc.
FlytWare uses off-the-shelf, reliable drone hardware and advanced techniques in AI/ML, machine vision and robotics to automatically scan front-facing barcodes on one-deep pallets stored in racks. Offered as a SaaS solution, FlytWare easily adapts to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes, and inventory counting processes.
With successful deployments in aisles as narrow as 6 feet and racks taller than 32 feet at sites in Dallas, LA and Madrid, FlytWare is being readied for production deployments starting Q2 2020. Inventory managers, operations VPs and continuous improvement executives can see FlytWare in action, attend face-to-face meetings with the FlytWare team, and schedule site visits to their warehouses, all in one go at MODEX.
Besides the FlytWare booth in the Emerging Technologies section, FlytBase will also present a seminar on Indoor Autonomous Drones for Inventory Management at MODEX. The talk will explain how drone warehouse solutions create quantitative as well as qualitative benefits for inventory counts. Margins increase due to reduction in labor, equipment and management costs. Fulfillment metrics improve due to faster cycle counts that need fewer hours of aisle closures. Revenues are enhanced due to fewer stock-outs, shorter shutdowns and lower inventory write-offs. Injuries reduce via aerial scans of hard-to-reach locations.
“We are seeing strong interest from customers in piloting FlytWare at their warehouses, distribution centers and air cargo facilities. This is driven not only by e-commerce and higher velocity supply chains, but also by the shortage of skilled labor, their desire to increase worker safety and demand for richer inventory data," says Nitin Gupta, FlytBase CEO. "The surprising discovery for us has been the buy-in from a variety of inventory stakeholders - ranging from VPs and CFOs to warehouse GMs, continuous improvement managers and corporate innovation teams. MODEX 2020 comes at an opportune time for us to showcase our fully autonomous inventory solution - with multiple pilot deployments completed, we are excited to work with existing and new customers to roll out FlytWare in production.”
Given how cost-effective drone solutions can be, aerial inventory counts are expected to become the norm not only at large logistics and manufacturing companies, but also across the small-to-mid size 3PL service providers as well.