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Know your integrator

Picking the right systems integrator for the job requires checking alliances, references, and résumés. Here are some tips on what to look for.

By James A. Cooke

Planning to automate your warehouse? Then you'll need more than just the right blend of software and material handling equipment. You'll also need to have the right team of systems integrators on board. Since it's the integrators' job to make sure the facility's equipment and software can "talk" to each other, choosing the right contractor for the job is key to ensuring the smooth flow of product in and out of the distribution center.

As necessary as their services are, they don't come cheap. For a typical project, integration costs will run to roughly 30 to 40 percent of the combined costs of the software and equipment. Given the amount of money at stake, you want to be sure to pick a contractor that will get the job done on time and on budget. And that requires checking résumés, references, and alliances of any systems integration firm under consideration for the job. Here are some tips on how to do that and what to look for...


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