Honeywell International Inc. HON recently announced that it has entered into a collaboration with a major third-party logistics provider – The Apparel Logistics Group. Notably, the company will aid the logistics provider in expanding the e-commerce order output at its 240,000-square-foot distribution center in Dallas.
Per the collaboration, Honeywell Intelligrated – part of Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions operating segment – will provide The Apparel Logistics Group with automated material handling solutions. As a matter of fact, the installation of new material handling solutions will allow The Apparel Logistics Group to more than triple its e-commerce order output on a daily basis at its distribution center. In addition, the company’s technology and technical support services will support the logistics provider in strengthening productivity at shipping dock, boosting its value-added services capability and improving order accuracy.
Per the terms of the deal, Honeywell Intelligrated will also implement and support the distribution center’s warehouse control system. This is likely to offer the logistics provider with Honeywell Intelligrated’s advanced technical support services and all-time access to maintenance technicians for maximizing facility uptime.
Existing Business Scenario
Honeywell believes that solid demand for its warehouse automation, sensing and IoT businesses will boost revenues of the Safety and Productivity Solutions segment. Also, strength in process solutions business coupled with strong demand for equipment, absorbents and refining catalysts is likely to aid Performance Materials and Technology segment’s revenues. Further, strong demand for commercial fire and security products is expected to drive the Building Technologies segment.
Over the past six months, Honeywell’s shares have gained 11.8% compared with the industry’s rally of 0.3%.
However, softness in the company’s productivity products business due to inventory destocking, fewer large project rollouts in the mobility space and lower channel sell-through remains a concern. Also, if unchecked, high debt levels can increase the company's financial obligations and prove detrimental to its profitability.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Honeywell currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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