Autonomous Drones for Warehouse Inventory

Deploy Drones For 10x Impact On Warehouse Inventory Counts

Autonomous Drones for Warehouse Inventory

Deploy Drones For 10x Impact On Warehouse Inventory Counts

What is FlytWare?

FlytWare combines intelligent software with reliable, off-the-shelf drone hardware for safe and cost-effective automation of inventory counts in warehouses, distribution centers, and even retail stores such as warehouse clubs. A rapidly scalable solution for drones in warehousing, seamlessly integrated with warehouse management systems, FlytWare adapts to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes, and inventory counting processes. FlytWare’s ability to accurately navigate multiple drones in GPS-denied environments is enabled by multi-sensor fusion, computer vision and machine learning techniques.

drones in warehousing

DCs & Large Warehouses

Save labor, equipment & time by integrating robotic scans of pallets into inventory operations.

Fulfillment & Sorting Facilities

Improve fulfillment metrics by aerial search & detection of critical items, empty & full slots.

Cargo & Freight Forwarding

Adapt to higher supply chain velocity by deploying UAVs for faster, high frequency cycle counts.

Retail Stores & Warehouse Clubs

Minimize stockouts & pilferage by counting bulk storage, every single day, in warehouse stores.

Our Customers & Partners

The key to success is the use of reliable, affordable, fully autonomous drones. In fact, by using image recognition, the FlytBase’s solution obviates the need for bar-code and RFID scanners, thus improving the cost-effectiveness and scalability of drone warehouse inventory programs.

Will StavanjaFounder of Wilstair, LLC

What is FlytWare?

drones in warehousing

FlytWare combines intelligent software with reliable, off-the-shelf drone hardware for safe and cost-effective automation of inventory counts in warehouses, distribution centers, and even retail stores such as warehouse clubs. A rapidly scalable solution that is seamlessly integrated with warehouse management systems, FlytWare adapts to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes, and inventory counting processes.

Our Customers & Partners

The key to success is the use of reliable, affordable, fully autonomous drones. In fact, by using image recognition, the FlytBase’s solution obviates the need for bar-code and RFID scanners, thus improving the cost-effectiveness and scalability of warehouse drone programs.

Will StavanjaFounder of Wilstair, LLC

Drone Warehouse RoI

Drone-based inventory counts create quantitative as well as qualitative benefits for warehouse stakeholders. 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 stockouts, shorter shutdowns and lower inventory write-offs. Injuries reduce via aerial scans of hard-to-reach locations.

Drone Warehouse RoI

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 stockouts, shorter shutdowns and lower inventory write-offs. Injuries reduce via aerial scans of hard-to-reach locations.

More than 3x faster & upto 3x cheaper versus manual counts

Payback period as short as 1 year, IRR potential of > 30% over 3 years

Repeatable, fully traceable, quickly auditable cycle counts

Amortization of UAV investments across multiple sites, use-cases

Use Cases

drones in very narrow aisle

Very Narrow Aisles

Automatically count items stored in aisles as narrow as 6 feet and racks as tall as 40 feet.

Traditional warehouse aisles, typically 10 feet wide, are being consistently narrowed by warehouse managers – sometimes to as less as 6 feet. This is driven by expensive real estate, increasing SKU counts and expansion of 3rd party logistics operations. These VNAs require special scissor-lifts and reach-trucks for traversing the entire aisle to scan item barcodes and bin labels. In fact, rack heights have also risen from an historical 25 feet, rising to nearly 40 feet. Compact, light-weight, autonomous drones are ideally suited to such demanding warehouse inventory counting requirements.

drones for Case Reserve

Case Reserve

Drastically reduce the time to scan barcodes & labels in one-deep case reserve racks.

Warehouses, distribution centers, fulfillment centers – all have some form of case reserve storage areas. Unlike full pallets, each bin or location in case reserve may require dozens of barcodes to be scanned during cycle counts. Doing this manually is resource intensive, time consuming, prone to errors and nearly impossible to complete with the intended cycle count frequency. Drone-based counting of case reserve, without the need of people or barcode scanners, tends to be much more faster, cost-effective and safer – especially for one-deep storage configurations.

drones for Pallet Reserve

Pallet Reserve

Continuously improve inventory operations to locate and count full as well as broken pallets.

Full pallets typically require only one barcode to be scanned per pallet. However, this needs to be done quickly, accurately and often – in areas ranging from 30,000 square feet to nearly a million square feet in the largest warehouses and DCs. The frequency of inventory turnover dictates how often a full cycle count needs to be done – in air cargo or freight forwarding facilities, this could mean daily cycle counts! Front-facing pallet barcodes, with the corresponding location tags, are an ideal use-case for autonomous drone warehouse inventory scans.

1st vs 2nd Count using drones

First v/s Second count

Use aerial ‘first counts’ to inform manual ‘second counts’ for multi-deep storage configurations.

Digital warehouse management, whether in-house or 3PL, strive for nearly 100% inventory accuracy and auditability. A key strategy is to double count i.e. two separate counts of the same racks done by two separate people. For sites with tens to hundreds of aisles, this can quickly turn expensive. Drone-based ‘first counts’ can serve as an optimal strategy by complementing manual ‘second counts’. In fact, with location-wise images available from the autonomous ‘first count’, inventory managers can make informed decisions about where and when to schedule the ‘second count’.

automated inventory audits using drones

Audits

Archive date, time & location-wise aerial data for inventory audit requirements & 3PL SLAs.

Internal and external audits are a way of life for warehouse stakeholders – not only inventory/operations executives and general managers, but also financial controllers. For 3PL service providers, these are mandated via customer SLAs, while for listed companies, these are conducted by ‘top 5’ auditors before approving quarterly & annual financial statements. The power of drone warehouse inventory solutions is the availability of location-wise images, logged with date/time-stamps, digitally archived on premise / in the cloud, in a form easily shareable with auditors.

Use Cases

drones in very narrow aisle

Very Narrow Aisles

Automatically count items stored in aisles as narrow as 6 feet and racks as tall as 40 feet.

drones for Case Reserve

Case Reserve

Drastically reduce the time to scan barcodes & labels in one-deep case reserve racks.

drones for Pallet Reserve

Pallet Reserve

Continuously improve inventory operations to locate and count full as well as broken pallets.

1st vs 2nd Count using drones

First v/s Second count

Use aerial ‘first counts’ to inform manual ‘second counts’ for multi-deep storage configurations.

automated inventory audits using drones

Audits

Archive date, time & location-wise aerial data for inventory audit requirements & 3PL SLAs.

Insights from Industry Professionals

Head of Digital Transformation

I am transforming our traditional operations by using drones in warehousing, to keep pace with supply chain automation, globalisation & acceleration.

Group Financial Controller

I seek warehouse automation solutions that minimize the upfront capex and instead align the recurring costs with measurable business value.

Warehouse General Manager

I see automated warehouse counts help mitigate labor shortages, overtime costs, injuries, inventory shrinkage, seasonal stockouts & prolonged shutdowns.

VP of Continuous Improvement

I plan a tight coupling between operational processes and automated warehouse systems – together, they improve warehouse metrics by orders of magnitude.

Inventory Operations Manager

I find that accurate, frequent, comprehensive cycle counts – of pallet & case reserves – are key to best-in-class warehouse inventory management.

Global IT & Infra Manager

I expect warehouse automation software to have an open architecture, be easily scalable, seamless to integrate, cloud-connected & hardware agnostic.

Innovation and R&D Stakeholder

I find that adopting drones in the warehousing & logistics industry is best driven by cost-effective, reliable, easy to adopt automation technologies.

Systems Integration Consultant

I never underestimate the effort in the deployment, testing, integration, maintenance & support of drones for warehouse inventory management.

Principal Architect & Client Partner

I help our supply chain clients leverage their IT investments by adopting recent advances in computing, AI/ML, computer vision and warehouse automation.

Insights from Industry Professionals

Deploy Drones in Days

Quickly start your journey of autonomous aerial inventory counts by deploying drones at your warehouse – our PoC package can be customized and deployed in a matter of days!

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Deploy Drones in Days

Quickly start your journey of autonomous aerial inventory counts by deploying drones at your warehouse – our PoC package can be customized and deployed in a matter of days!

Talk to us