“Delivering to the full continuum of care informs our automation designs as we need to consider the distinct value adds of each part of the business,” said Schwartz. “Most of our technology has focused on low unit of measure processing, with tremendous growth in that area as we continue to provide one-day deliveries for the majority of our customers.”
To address the LUM need, Medline secured a strategic partnership with Swisslog for AutoStoreTM— cutting-edge automated storage and retrieval – for goods-to-person, less-than-case picking and other automated solutions. Medline was the first AutoStore user in the U.S., and is currently the largest user in the world with 19 systems and over 1,600 robots. The Medline team is actively working to install more systems, including AutoStore’s 5th generation design that will incorporate packing automation, at select Medline distribution centers.
Schwartz also discussed some of the other automation that allows Medline to more safely, and with increased quality and productivity, fulfill health provider demand, including, but not limited to: Print and Apply, T-Sort, autonomous vehicles, robotic picking, RFID, and in-cab technology utilized by MedTrans, Medline’s dedicated fleet of 1,700+ parcel, straight and tractor trucks.
“Owning our own transportation and logistics is critical for supply chain efficiency and resiliency,” said Schwartz.
Slattery and Schwartz concluded the presentation with examples of innovative supply chain customer collaborations, such as the co-development of a consolidated service center with AdventHealth, opening in Q1 2024; and 3PL warehouse and logistical solution projects with the University of Texas Medical Branch, Franciscan Alliance and Mass General Brigham.
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