Featured Corporate Member:
In a nutshell, what is your company all about?
KNAPP is an internationally operating company and is one of the world market leaders in warehouse logistics and automation with over 4,000 employees worldwide. As a solutions provider, KNAPP provides one-stop, custom-designed intralogistics solutions in health care, retail, apparel, food, manufacturing and ecommerce sectors. Our clients experience results that are flexible, resource efficient, ergonomic and self-learning. The company headquarters is in Graz, Austria, and our North American headquarters is in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit www.knapp.com
What makes your company different than other companies in your industry?
KNAPP is a privately held, family owned company with just over $1B in revenue. Committed to an annual investment of over 7% of revenue in research and development, the company has over 4000 employees (with 1000 software employees), and has made major investments in the latest technologies, including mechanization and software innovations - many of which are leveraging big data, predictive modeling & analytics, IoT and artificial intelligence.
Today, innovation has become part of KNAPP's DNA -from mechanization to vision systems, shuttles, robotics and software. It's this dedication that differentiates KNAPP from others in the industry.
What was your company's most recent greatest accomplishment?
Widely known for our development of the first shuttle solutions, KNAPP has demonstrated industry leadership in technologies that "make complexity simple". The latest automated facilities developed and deployed by KNAPP for our customers are focused on providing:
KNAPP is also leading the industry development of real time, supply chain management tools; including WMS, WCS, labor management and truly groundbreaking new technologies like redPILOT, a virtual Control Tower and GPS like technology for managing warehouse and fulfillment center resources - driving costs down and performance up.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your industry?
In a company committed to engineering, innovation and R&D you become an early adopter, and that's often a challenge. It's also not always clear which technologies will emerge as the best fit or choice moving forward. Coupled with this challenge is the responsibility that we feel as a leading innovator to release these cutting edge technologies when they are ready for "prime time", and able to withstand the demands of high volumes and duty cycles that our customers expect.
Why is your company a CSCMP Corporate Member?
As recent members of CSCMP we are excited about the relationship building opportunities of the organization, both at the local and national level. Second, as we are growing rapidly, and that adds to the need for a robust onboarding and professional development program, we expect that the CSCMP network of professionals, and educational programs will be essential components in our employee professional development efforts, and a benefit of employment at KNAPP moving forward.