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Pick Smarter for Gained Efficiencies

Posted by Dwight Jones on

From the perspective of conventional operators, use of conveyor picking solutions or even higher level goods-to-person automation are very attractive as a purchasable solution to control labor.

However, careful evaluation reveals that efficiencies can be obtained with a focus on warehousing fundamentals within the existing conventional operation. Installation of concepts guided by warehousing fundamentals often can provide better payback and avoid common pitfalls of mechanization such as a lack of future flexibility.

Batch order picking
Generally, direct fulfillment operations begin within an organization at very low volumes, and orders are picked discretely. This typically continues as the volume grows, until it...

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The Barcode Turns 40

Posted by Dwight Jones on

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the barcode, it is easy to reflect back on how it has positively impacted distribution center operations over the years and to ponder how barcode scanning will improve operations in the years to come.  The question is – will the barcode continue to play a central role in DC operations, and if so, in what ways?

There is no denying that the use of barcode technology in DC operations has been a major contributing factor to the operating efficiencies gained in DC’s around the world over the past four decades, driving significant increases...

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