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Softeon opens lab to develop warehouse technology

Steve Rogerson
May 19, 2020



Supply chain software company Softeon has opened a warehouse innovation laboratory near its headquarters in Virginia.
 
The 200m2 Warehouse of the Future Innovation Lab will develop warehouse management and execution systems (WMS and WES) and beyond from an office complex close to Softeon’s Reston headquarters, replacing a smaller lab that Softeon had opened inside its headquarters building in 2008.
 
Softeon invested in distribution technologies and tools to power this new lab. The facility features a small sortation system with an integrated weigh scale and label print and apply, voice applications, smart carts, pick-to-light systems, mobile robots, put walls and more.
 
All these technologies are powered by Softeon’s WMS and WES, which provide direct management and optimisation of the systems without the need for any additional third-party software.
 
There is a unified testing bed for Softeon engineers to develop and commercialise distribution capabilities and technology. Customers and prospects can interact with Softeon subject matter experts.
 
Companies can also gain hands-on experience with a variety of software and materials handling technologies and craft solutions to distribution problems.
 
“The new innovation lab both illustrates and supports Softeon’s position as the leader in warehouse software innovation, as industry analysts have recognised,” said Dan Gilmore, chief marketing officer at Softeon. “We continue to push the envelope in WMS and WES, and now have a world-class facility for our own R&D efforts and for customers to experience and explore ideas.”
 
Softeon provides supply chain technology from planning to execution, anchored by its WMS, WES and distributed order management (DOM) products. Its SOA (service oriented architecture) platform is engineered to reduce complex problems for a faster time to market and lower cost of ownership. Users can implement ideas incrementally to solve a specific problem or deploy an integrated system.
 
Configurable modules and rules-based products give businesses agility. Companies can choose the flexibility and ease-of-use of the platform to drive higher business value and accelerate RoI. Deployment options include on-premise or in the cloud.