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Three Benefits of Using FlexShelf AMRs in Your Warehouse

Posted October 5, 2023
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Warehouse picking operations everywhere are struggling with unprecedented increasing demand, meeting impossible speed expectations, and critical labor shortages for warehouse workers.

Fortunately, there are solutions that can help you keep up.

You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in your warehouse. FlexShelf Fulfillment AMRs from Zebra and Barcodes can be a game-changer for your business and help your operations run even more efficiently. There are several advantages of incorporating FlexShelf AMR fulfillment solutions in your picking and fulfillment operations.

Three Reasons to Choose FlexShelf AMRs

FlexShelf AMRs feature an adaptable interface and can be seamlessly configured for a wide range of fulfillment operations, picking tasks, and automated material movement activities. Here are three advantages to choosing Zebra FlexShelf AMRs.

1. Increase Pick Productivity by Three Times

With FlexShelf AMRs, you can dramatically increase the number of orders your warehouse workers can process per hour. With FlexShelf, they’ll be able to pick three times as many products as they could before — without any additional training, support, or staff.

2. Reduce Cycle Times

FlexShelf gives you the ability to seamlessly switch between different products, allowing your workers to get orders out faster than ever before. You can also configure multiple lanes for each product type, which helps reduce wait time and increases customer satisfaction. FlexShelf also features unique pick-to-light and put-to-side capabilities that will significantly reduce cycle times.

3. Flexible Shelf Configurations

Imagine not needing a dedicated space for every product type. FlexShelf allows you to create customizable shelving that makes it easy to swap out products on the fly as necessary.  Shelves are adjustable with large dimensional capacity to accommodate a wide variety of totes, bins, and boxes of all sizes.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is that FlexShelf can leverage your existing systems and does not require any costly modifications or disruptions to your facilities.

Learn More About Fetch FlexShelf AMRs from Zebra and Barcodes

To learn more about implementing Zebra robotics solutions, including FlexShelf, in your warehouse, contact our team at Barcodes. Our AMR experts can answer your questions and provide cost-effective & efficient recommendations tailored to your unique needs.  Reach out to us online or call (855) 233-2917.

Fetch Robotics AMRs Provide Powerful Solutions to Labor Challenges

Posted September 7, 2023

Companies nationwide are struggling to find qualified manufacturing labor, leaving many critical positions unfilled. The labor crisis isn’t going away any time soon. A recent study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute revealed that the U.S. could see 2.1 million open manufacturing jobs by 2030, with a critical lack of skilled labor to staff those open roles. Manufacturers surveyed also reported that finding qualified talent is 36% harder than in 2018.

How can you prepare your business to remain productive and profitable during the worst labor crisis of our time?

Fetch Robotics are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Zebra that seamlessly fill the labor gap, working alongside existing employees to improve efficiency, productivity, and accuracy.

Empower Your Employees with Fetch Robotics

Are you worried that your staff will think they’re about to be replaced by robots? Think again. Fetch robotics work alongside your team, empowering them with the tools they need to be more productive than ever.

Zebra AMRs can do the monotonous tasks your employees dread so they can focus on higher-level duties. Your employees will be overjoyed when they realize Fetch can push pallets for miles in the heat, so they don’t have to.

You can also delegate heavy lifting to the robots, protecting your employees from strain and possible injury. AMRs give your frontline team members a safer, more productive, and enjoyable job, reducing turnover and physical burnout while increasing employee satisfaction.

Fetch Robotics Means Improved Productivity

Zebra’s Fetch Robotics can deliver three times more productivity to your manufacturing plant by automating material movement. 

AMRS can move inbound goods, pick orders, and recycle, allowing workers to stay in their zone instead of wasting time walking back and forth carrying inventory around the warehouse.

Imagine how focused, productive, and less physically exhausted these workers will be. They’ll produce, pick, pack, and put away more items than ever before without the physical burnout that can result in reduced efficiency. You and your team will be amazed by how much more productive they are in tandem with AMRs.

When Can the Robots Start?

You might be surprised at how easy it is to add robotics to your warehouse.  Learn how AMRs add value immediately, help you plan for the future, and safeguard your operations with Fetch Robotics from Barcodes. The experts from Barcodes can seamlessly integrate Zebra robotics solutions without disrupting your warehouse operations. Questions? Reach out to us online or call (855) 233-2917.

Navigating the AMR Landscape: Determining the Best Solution for Your Business Goals (Webinar)

Posted June 8, 2023

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Webinar Details

Navigating the Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) Landscape

Tuesday, June 20th 2023

1:00pm Central

Presented By

David Lin – Product Manager, Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies

Manthan Pawar – Product Manager – Robotics and AI at Barcodes, Inc.

Why AMR Matters for Your Organization

Join our roundtable discussion with industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow manufacturing/warehousing professionals to delve deeper into the rapidly expanding robotics industry.

Gain valuable insights and discover crucial strategies to help you make an informed decision on whether AMR solutions are right for your business.

This webinar will answer the following questions:

  • How can you identify the right AMR solution amidst the crowded marketplace?
  • What are the key factors to consider to ensure a successful deployment?
  • How can AMRs be leveraged amidst budget constraints and what are the long-term cost savings associated with the implementation?

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion and have your pressing questions answered by our distinguished robotics panelists.

Watch the Full Robotics Webinar Recording

The Rise of Mobile Robotics: Exclusive Webinar

Posted November 10, 2022
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Exclusive Webinar

The Rise of Mobile Robotics

Wednesday, November 9th, 12:00 PM ET

Presented By

David Lin – Product Manager, Robotics Automation at Zebra Technologies

Manthan Pawar – Product Manager, Autonomous Mobile Robotics at Barcodes Group

About this Robotics Webinar

Labor shortage and an increase in consumer demand continue to surge the need for technological innovations that improve and automate processes. Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are the latest advancement in automation to deliver the speed and flexibility needed to fill the gaps. This webinar will demonstrate the benefits of AMRs and how they empower organizations to utilize their labor resources more efficiently.

During this webinar, we’ll be covering the following AMR topics:

  • Industry drivers and trends generating the demand for AMRs
  • How AMRs can help achieve higher operational speed and throughput
  • AMR use cases and workflows within warehousing and distribution, eCommerce, 3PLs, and manufacturing

Watch the Full Robotics Webinar Recording

Please reach out to our team of robotics experts today.

Reasons Robotic Systems and Autonomous Mobile Robots Are Motivating Industry Leaders

Posted November 1, 2022

Businesses and enterprises are exploring robotic systems to help them overcome challenges. Finding the balance between meeting demands and controlling costs is familiar for Fulfillment and e-commerce, distribution centers, and manufacturing. However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, companies have found that the information technology and operational technology (IT and OT) that helped them operate effectively in 2019 no longer allow them to keep up. 

Robotic systems, including autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), support the intelligent, automated operations that enterprises need to stay competitive and profitable.

The Challenges Driving the Move to AMRs

Robotic systems and autonomous mobile robots give operations solutions to some of their most serious challenges. 


Job openings in the U.S. have totaled more than 10 million each month from 2021 to 2022. More than 800,000 of those positions are in retail trade, and 795,000 are in manufacturing – and industry growth is outpacing available labor by a 6:1 ratio. Furthermore, businesses are not only struggling to fill positions. They are also finding it difficult to retain them. 

AMRs can easily accomplish tasks in the warehouse or distribution center, such as transporting freight, replenishing parts to manufacturing lines, and transporting items or consumables to packing stations. As a result, robotic systems allow enterprises to make the best use of their labor as they automate basic tasks.

Supply Chain Disruptions

The pandemic also disrupted and slowed the supply chain worldwide. Fulfillment centers, warehouses, and distribution centers have had to respond with greater efficiency and visibility into inventory movements. 

Robotic systems enable operations to move materials, cargo, or merchandise effectively to keep the supply chain moving and make the best use of warehouse capacity. 

Customer Expectations: While labor shortages and supply chain issues increased, customers became more demanding. Expectations of instant, flawless service drive a greater need for speed and agility in operations. 

Robotic systems work consistently and quickly to move materials, deliver them where needed, and fulfill orders accurately, increasing throughput and customer satisfaction. 

The Added Benefits of Robotic Systems

Operations are deploying autonomous mobile robots to address some of today’s monumental challenges, but they’re discovering that they also provide additional advantages.

  • Cost savings: With AMRs moving inventory and materials, replenishing processes, transporting recycling, and performing simple –yet time-consuming and necessary – tasks, businesses can more easily control labor and overtime costs. Operations can see significant ROI from deploying robotic systems. 
  • Scalability: With less dependence on labor, operations can scale with the volume of work. 
  • Space optimization: Many robotic systems require only a small footprint, enabling operations to utilize their space efficiently. 
  • Enhanced safety: Autonomous mobile robots minimize unproductive travel and are designed to prevent accidents in a busy industrial environment. 
  • Operational data: Because robotic systems are connected to the enterprise’s network, they can provide real-time data on their tasks, information that allows operations to digitize and catalog workflows, and insights that can help improve processes.  
  • Employee satisfaction: Assisted by AMRs, employees can focus on higher-value tasks and quickly complete their work.

Learn More About Robotic Systems

If deploying robotic systems and AMRs is new to your team, you can watch our full webinar with Fetch Robotics and Zebra Technologies from earlier this week.