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Surviving the Supply Chain Crisis, Record-High Demand for Imports

At a White House virtual roundtable event on October 13th, the Biden administration announced the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating around the clock, joining Long Beach, which already operates 24/7. 

The announcement comes amid a nationwide, record-high demand for imported goods and supply chain issues. Florida’s Ports Council is also encouraging container ships to come use ports in the sunshine state and avoid the “logjam” in California.

For those in manufacturing and distribution, this is an unprecedented time. Frustrations are high as billions of dollars worth of merchandise and goods remain stuck in transit. 

Speed, Accuracy, Efficiency at Warehouse & Store-level

McMurray Stern wants to support your logistics and supply chain during this challenging time. For those in manufacturing and distribution, it’s never been more critical to have a seamless, streamlined logistics chain at the warehouse.

Once goods are received, the right automated solutions can help you move quickly and efficiently with greater accuracy. Several of our automated storage and retrieval offerings can operate in as little as 5,000 square feet of space allowing you to improve your store-level fulfillment as well.


McMurray Stern’s micro-fulfillment solutions are focused on the shopping experience to exceed customer expectations for convenience, speed, and accuracy.

VLM/Vertical Lift Module

Vertical lifts are the ideal storage solution for industrial products, components, and spare parts for all possible environments and industries. Many companies have chosen our lifts to help organize and improve their workflow, thanks to their flexibility, wide range of models available, superior design, and ease of use.


Carousel systems enable highly efficient storage and picking processes in the smallest possible space. Carousels are an outstanding solution for handling small parts along with medium to slow-moving products including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, electronics components, media, and food items.

Shuttle Systems

The Cuby is a single-level shuttle system; an ideal for automated storage and retrieval solution (ASRS) for storage of containers and cartons. The highly efficient system solution can be used in a variety of different industries, enhancing storage efficiency. 

Our Flexi Shuttle is an innovative solution for space-optimized storage of cartons, trays, and cubic and conical bins. The modular concept, which combines shuttles, lifts, and a racking system, allows for tailored and highly flexible system concepts with excellent use of space and high levels of technical performance.

Pouch Sorters/Carrier 

The unique feature of our carrier system is its flexibility. One load carrier enables the accumulation, buffering, distributing, and sorting of goods. 

Our primary load carrier is a roller adapter on an inner rail. You can connect various secondary load carriers to this adapter manually or as a fully automated system. The secondary load carriers can be clothes hangers, pockets, or sturdy boxes.


HAIPICK robots offer intelligent picking and handling, autonomous navigation, active obstacle avoidance, and autonomous charging. Characterized by its high stability and high precision, the robot can replace the repetitive, time-consuming, and heavy manual storage and handling work, realizing efficient and intelligent “goods to person” picking and significantly improving the warehouse’s storage density and operational efficiency. 

Automated Storage & Retrieval


Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are a great option for companies to automate material flow with increased safety and accuracy. McMurray Stern offers AGVs as an automated solution that will fit into your existing warehouse and improve your production efficiency. 


With E-Pick, you can equip the entire warehouse, parts of it, or expand your existing Pick by Light system, thus making the picking process faster, more efficient, and reliable.

Mini load carriers

Mini load cranes are an ideal automated storage-retrieval system in any warehouse. This automated solution maximizes the warehouse space you have while still offering safe storage of goods.


McMurray Stern offers you customized solutions for transporting material within your company on diverse large load carriers. These solutions range from static conveyors to auto-guided transport systems. 

For Today and Tomorrow

Automated storage systems are not only for navigating today’s crisis (beit labor shortage, record-high imports, and supply chain bottlenecks). We can help you strategically design streamlined, automated processes in your warehouse and at the store level to help stay ahead for the future. To learn more about how to implement automated storage solutions into your operations and grow your warehouse with current space limitations, contact us!

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