Invata Intralogistics: An Elegant Mix of Material Handling and Information Processing

CIO VendorRyan Sheehan, CEO
At the strategic management level, where the key to gaining a competitive advantage often rests in how an organization invests its capital, a primary challenge many firms face is choosing a warehouse management solution. The complexity and diversity of potential solutions available in the logistics marketplace can be overwhelming, causing CIOs to default to run of the mill solutions that can be an improvement to the status quo, but barely garnering them any business growth or advantage. Conshohocken, PA based Invata Intralogistics is empowering clients to gain market advantage through warehouse automation, by understanding the client’s business and objectives. “To address the challenge of consistently processing orders in the shortest possible timeframe, we design, construct, and support purpose built warehouse automation solutions,” says Ryan Sheehan, CEO of Invata. “We do this based on an in-depth, collaborative analysis of each client’s data, processes, operation, facility, and current and future business objectives.”

“We recognized that the U.S. intralogistics marketplace was highly fragmented when it came to the design, integration, and support of warehouse automation systems," Sheehan states. To address this, Invata brought all the key disciplines required for game changing warehouse automation under one roof. The company offers solutions that include both Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Warehouse Control System (WCS) functionality, built on a simple scalable architecture that can not only be adapted to meet each client’s unique business requirements, but also tailored to their changing business needs. “This is a major differentiator in the market as most warehouse software suppliers are siloed firms offering singular solutions, while we are offering comprehensive warehouse solutions,” explains Sheehan.

Invata’s warehouse solutions ensure constant, real-time analysis of an operation for the purposes of optimizing processes and dynamically allocating inventory and resources in ways that maximize operational efficiency.

Engineering advanced warehouse automation systems and developing the software and control systems that run them is at the core of what we do as a company

“Engineering advanced warehouse automation systems and developing the software and control systems that run them is at the core of what we do as a company,” adds Sheehan. Invata is always looking for ways to innovate, but only employs new technology if it can be fully integrated into its systems, managed by its software, operated by its clients, and supported by its staff.

Invata’s warehouse software utilizes a shared database, common data set, and a library of stored procedures to ensure a consistent implementation of logic across all applications. “We offer centralized remote monitoring and visualization, real-time, millisecond data updating, sharing, and analysis, while utilizing a single interface with host ERP systems,” adds Sheehan. Another unique aspect of their warehouse software is that it can be deployed in whole or in parts to fill functionality gaps in the clients’ systems.

An illustration of the company’s efficiencies is Lindt Chocolates, which was facing a number of challenges like looming government regulations, manual data collection, and labeling demands from retailers. Invata’s warehouse software enabled the company to meet regulations, automatically collect critical data, comply with customer labeling demands, and enhance productivity. Lindt has since enjoyed a five-fold increase in business.

Invata’s process of inquiry, data analytics, and financial and proof of concept modeling in presenting their ideas to potential clients sets them apart from the rest in the market. “We don't make empty promises; we provide proof that our solutions will solve our client's challenges,” concludes Sheehan, “so that CIO's will have the certainty they need to do what's strategically best for their business.”