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Pick or sort?
It may seem like a simple decision, but in reality, you need to take multiple factors into consideration when choosing a strategy to meet rapidly expanding retail fulfillment needs.
For companies large and small, an often overlooked key to handling sales growth in their DC is having the right picking strategies and technologies. Your current facility can do more than you think -- you just need to take a hard look at your current equipment and processes to maximize productivity with improved strategies or advanced technologies.
Ordinarily, adding sales channels and growing sales make executives very happy. But sales growth does not always translate into additional profits. "Too much of a good thing" springs to mind when you're required to fulfill increased demand with a distribution system that was already at or over capacity. Neglecting the back end of the business can undermine new channels, increased market share and sales growth.
Distribution requirements are changing. Few distribution managers would quibble with that statement. The increase in the demand for mixed cases, mixed cartons, aisle ready pallets and, most importantly, the increase in the volume of e-commerce orders is driving new levels of investment in automation.
In warehouses around the world, the lines between WMS and WCS are blurring more and more each day. As they encroach further upon each other's previously well-defined roles, the question of which one is "right" is becoming very difficult to answer. Increasingly, the real-time needs of automated facilities have demanded more business process logic in the WCS layer, and thus emerges a new breed of offering - warehouse execution software (WES).
Third party logistics companies have become an important part of today's supply chain. They have grown as their clients decided to become leaner, conserve capital, and focus on core business strengths and processes.
Posted on 08/22 at 12:34 PM
FORTE Industries •
As the market continues to move to a buy anywhere/ship from anywhere/deliver to anywhere model, distribution is one of the fastest-changing processes in the world of logistics. With the number of online and mobile orders on the rise, manufacturers and distributors are grappling with how to best control their costs while serving customers across multiple channels of distribution.
According to the Gartner, Inc. report, "Supply chain service providers are
combining software, highly skilled employees and enabling technologies to
deliver capabilities that augment existing supply chain organizations." The
report also states that, "These Cool Vendors illustrate the emerging delivery
models and services in supply chain management."
How to successfully complete the process of developing a retrofit/expansion or new facility project that's aligned with overarching supply chain goals.
When your distribution center reaches or exceeds design capacity, it is time for action, a thoughtful, positive response so the goals of your business are achieved and the expectations of your customers are satisfied.
Distribution Center (DC) Operations are continually under stress to reduce costs and improve throughput. DC operations have correctly received more visibility (and scrutiny) as a key part of an organization’s supply chain.
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