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Dematic enhances multi-channel distribution solution

Dematic (Booth 1203) introduced the next generation of its Multishuttle, a high-speed automated storage, retrieval and picking solution for cases, totes and trays. The system is part of Dematic’s overall solution set designed to optimize the use of inventory, labor and space in multi-channel distribution environments for retailers and wholesalers.

Mike Khodl, Dematic’s vice president, solution development, discussed multi-channel distribution at press conference on Monday.

By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
January 21, 2013

Dematic (Booth 1203) introduced the next generation of its Multishuttle, a high-speed automated storage, retrieval and picking solution for cases, totes and trays. The system is part of Dematic’s overall solution set designed to optimize the use of inventory, labor and space in multi-channel distribution environments for retailers and wholesalers.

“Multi-channel distribution is driving important changes in our industry today,” said Mike Khodl, vice president of solution development. “Retailers want to fill orders for large and small store formats and e-commerce from one single inventory cube. To do that, they need to transition from batch-based to dynamic, on-demand workflows because they no longer know what their work load will look like ahead of time.”

The suite of order fulfillment solutions relies on high-speed picking, high-speed conveyor and high-speed outbound sortation technologies to distribute products to provide appropriate pick and ship methods for each channel, increase order processing speed to ensure promised delivery, and guarantee order quality checking and reverse logistics. Warehouse control software brings all of these technologies together.

“The Dematic solution set for multi-channel distribution operations is centered around flexible modules that scale to changing operational needs and growth,” Khodl said. “Most designs incorporate a storage buffer strategy that shares inventory across multiple distribution channels, but Dematic solutions have peak capacity flexibility built in to accommodate seasonal, promotional and weekly order surges.”

For companies that deploy dedicated DCs for each channel to market, Dematic also offers channel-specific designs that support large and small retail stores, e-commerce and route or home delivery.

ProMat 2013 is scheduled to be held January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2013 coverage.

About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.


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