The Power of Automation: Understanding why Bastian Solutions is a cut above the rest

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A Toyota Advanced Logistics company, Bastian Solutions, since its inception back in 1952, has grown from a small Midwest company into a global corporation. Entering the Indian market in 1996 with its regional office in Bengaluru, Bastian Solutions serves the IMEA (India, Middle East, and Africa) and Southeast Asia region to meet the ever-growing demand of its global customers for innovations. The company’s collaborative culture promotes integrity, inclusion, and innovation and provides opportunities to learn, grow, and make an impact.

In this exclusive interview with Dhirendra Vashisht, Director for Solutions Delivery/Operations, Bastian Solutions, we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek into the organization’s India operations, the future of material handling in the nation, and a lot more.

Handling India’s operation at Bastian Solution, can you give us a peek into how the company is providing its clients with a competitive advantage through in-house innovation?

Bastian Solutions is a trusted supply chain integration partner providing value to our clients through intelligent, data-driven automation solutions. As part of Toyota Industries Corporation, we always strive for the highest standards of safety and quality in all aspects of our business.

We design and execute solutions that offer our clients a measurable and competitive advantage.

We continuously employ innovative tools and processes to shorten project timelines to improve customer success when delivering the technologies. This commitment yields flexible, scalable systems that optimize our client’s ROI (return on investment). We also provide reliable lifecycle support with 24/7 access to the resources needed to address queries and troubleshoot them. We have a highly skilled workforce to solve complex problems through our proven supply chain software solutions, which are teamed up and well-integrated with our automated material handling equipment.

We design our solutions based on the customers’ requirements using innovative technologies.

According to your experience, can you please explain the role of efficient intralogistics, especially during peak season?

October to December is India’s prime retail peak season due to all the festivals. An efficient and
robust intralogistics system is pivotal in order fulfilment during this peak season. Implementing a suitable intralogistics system will help our clients achieve a competitive advantage. This looks different for each customer but can include the following:

  • Faster and accurate order fulfilment
  • Improved flexibility and scalability
  • Safer warehouse work environment
  • Optimized warehouse storage space
  • Improved inventory accuracy
  • Reduced overall warehouse management cost

Additionally, we provide 24/7 support to our clients to minimize downtime and keep operations running smoothly.

What does the future of material handling look like from an Indian standpoint and what will be Bastian Solution’s role?

Automation in the material handling industry in India is emerging very fast and has enormous potential for exponential growth. To meet the continuously growing demand, the organized approach to managing the logistics by the retail giants has brought advanced automated handling demand into the country. Bastian Solutions performs a critical role in enabling its clients to give a competitive edge in safer, faster, and more accurate order fulfilment.

As a material handling equipment supplier with Toyota Industries Corporation, we commit to offering high-quality products that can reduce the lead time for delivery. We pride ourselves as an independent systems integrator to provide the most appropriate technology for various applications according to market trends. In our material handling portfolio, we have bestin-class Autonomous forklifts, conveyors, AMR, and ASRS systems which can be perfectly integrated with our proprietary Exacta intralogistics software solutions.

This is an abridged version of the original interview published in the November 2022 issue of Logistics Insider magazine. Click here to read the complete interview.