White Papers

Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers

Traditionally, retailers have used three separate distribution facilities to meet the needs of three different sales channels: one each for brick-and-mortar retail store replenishment, wholesale bulk shipments to other resellers, and small parcel e-commerce fulfillment to individual customers. "The advantage to this approach is to allow internal processes in each facility to be more focused and easier to control. The disadvantages are obvious: redundant infrastructure, excessive inventory and high overhead – all resulting in high costs."

The challenge for multi-channel retailers, therefore, is how best to consolidate two or more of these different facilities into a single omni-channel distribution center. To do so successfully requires a considerable investment in automated material handling systems. This white paper addresses some of the areas a retail corporation should consider when evaluating such a project.


Presented by: Vanderlande
Date: July 2014
Vanderlande

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The Future of Warehousing 2018 The Future of Warehousing 2018
From cost center to growth center. Get insightful opinions on changes in the marketplace from this independent survey of warehouse personnel. Motorola Solutions examined the current warehousing marketplace in our 2013 Warehouse Vision Report, conducted April-May of 2013. The survey asked warehouse IT and operational personnel in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and third party logistics (3PL) market segments to share their thoughts and plans for addressing the new industry realities over the next five years.
Presented by: Motorola
Date: July 2014
Motorola

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10 Best Practices for Running a Leaner, Greener Transportation Network 10 Best Practices for Running a Leaner, Greener Transportation Network

Organizations wrestling with rising transportation costs, supply chain inefficiencies, complex routes with multiple stops, or the daily challenges of managing carriers, plants and competitive lanes, are looking for better transportation alternatives. What is one of the best ways to achieve a more effective transportation network? Integrating lean practices into every aspect of transporting goods.


Presented by: Ryder
Date: July 2014
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Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick

Picking involves much more than grabbing an item off a static storage rack or shelf. In the typical manual distribution center, picking means an operator receives a paper list of instructions about what to pick and where, travels to the correct storage location, locates the correct item within the storage location, refers to the paper pick list to determine the number of items required from that pick face, picks the items, confirms the pick by marking the paper, then delivers the items for packing.

While most operations understand mistakes will happen, very few have taken the time to calculate the true cost of those mispicks, and how they impact the bottom line. This white paper outlines a calculation for estimating the true cost of mispicks in order fulfillment to an operation. It also presents technology solutions to improve pick accuracy, and shares a calculation for determining the savings they can deliver.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: July 2014
Kardex Remstar

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Six reasons to pick a new direction in voice and multi-modal solutions Six reasons to pick a new direction in voice and multi-modal solutions
Voice and multi-modal technology is evolving and creating new opportunities all the time. The proprietary systems that characterized much of the market for years are giving way to a more open approach, including more choices in hardware and software and more ways to drive down costs and boost performance.
Presented by: Motorola
Date: May 2014
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The resident maintenance model The resident maintenance model

With systems dependent on complex equipment, controls and software to manage tightly-scheduled operations, the cost of downtime can quickly escalate beyond cutting into slim profit margins and jeopardize future business and customer loyalty. As a result, more and more DC operators and e-retailers recognize the value of a resident maintenance program that offers guaranteed uptime, staffing and unlimited access to engineers and support staff.

This white paper covers five mission-critical benefits of implementing a resident maintenance program, supported with real-world anecdotes from Intelligrated's Customer Service & Support group.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: April 2014
Intelligrated

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Meeting the Demand For Faster Order Fulfillment Meeting the Demand For Faster Order Fulfillment

This white paper will outline the use of automated, software-driven picking technologies such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules for inventory picking. These automated picking technologies can slash fulfillment times, labor needs and warehouse footprint requirements, while vastly improving throughput and worker productivity. This supports same-day and next-day delivery objectives and boots customer satisfaction.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: March 2014
Kardex Remstar

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Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Retail Distribution Center Application Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Retail Distribution Center Application
Have camera/image-based code readers replaced traditional laser scanners? Has RFID's day finally come? Learn how to better understand the potential benefits and limitations of each of these technologies to determine the best, most cost-effective investment for your applications.
Presented by: SICK
Date: January 2014
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Optimizing Distribution Networks for a Competitive Advantage Optimizing Distribution Networks for a Competitive Advantage
Today, more and more companies are finding value in optimizing their distribution network. By taking a strategic approach to network configuration, they are improving service levels, better managing their inventory and reducing transportation costs. Less demanding in terms of infrastructure, systems, cost, and time than full-scale supply chain optimization, this targeted approach delivers remarkable results. Download this new report for a closer look at how distribution network configuration can impact supply chain effectiveness.
Presented by: Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Date: January 2014
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Creating Successful Order Picking & Fulfillment Systems Creating Successful Order Picking & Fulfillment Systems

This white paper details some of the steps, processes, procedures and equipment required to improving order picking and fulfillment operations in new and existing operations and setting benchmark levels. The paper also includes a high level material handling and systems equipment analysis to help determine the best match for an organizations specific need.

Does your order picking operations need to:

  • Reduce Floor Space by 85%
  • Eliminate 2/3 of Your Labor
  • Increase Accuracy Levels to 99.99%+
  • Extending Order Cut-Off Times
  • Nine to 18 Month ROI

Presented by: Integrated Systems Design
Date: October 2013
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Inventory Optimization Inventory Optimization
Cutting-edge demand classification technology integrated with network optimization and simulation enable cost reduction and increased inventory availability. Finding the balance between overstocks and lost sales is necessary for operational growth and health.
Presented by: Llamasoft
Date: September 2013
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Look (Closely) Before You Leap Look (Closely) Before You Leap

Turning over distribution/fulfillment to a 3PL may or may not be the right move

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. On the other hand, many enterprises view distribution/fulfillment as a strategic tool driving their business models. For them, the supply chain is much more than a transactional process, it is a competitive weapon. And so, the question becomes: Outsource distribution to a 3PL or fulfill from within through a wholly owned distribution center? There is no simple answer to this conundrum. There are myriad factors to consider and subtle issues to analyze that can be best addressed with the assistance of a deeply experienced supply chain consultant.


Presented by: FORTE
Date: August 2013
FORTE

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The value of OEM genuine parts vs. the cost of generic parts The value of OEM genuine parts vs. the cost of generic parts

What if you were able to avoid expensive and stressful system failure, simply by altering the parts you purchase? In this white paper, we'll examine the benefits of using genuine OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement parts over generic "knockoffs," including:

  • Lower lifecycle costs of equipment
  • Functionality
  • Reliable performance
  • Adherence to warranties
  • Planned maintenance
  • Increased overall safety
  • Reduced downtime

Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: August 2013
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Omni-Channel and Beyond: 9 Strategies for Retail Supply Chain Design Omni-Channel and Beyond: 9 Strategies for Retail Supply Chain Design

This white paper will examine nine supply chain design strategies used by the world's leading retailers to achieve maximum profitability, including real-world examples and results.


Presented by: Llamasoft
Date: August 2013
Llamasoft

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Six Steps To Optimized Order Fulfillment Six Steps To Optimized Order Fulfillment

With warehouses filled with pallets, cases and pieces, filling orders can often be the most labor-intensive and costly activity for almost every warehouse. That's because the time it takes a picker to walk to the stored SKU, select the required items, and transport them to the point of shipping can account for over half of a facility's labor activities.

To reduce this time—and cost—distributors are looking for ways to improve or optimize the order fulfillment process.

This white paper proposes six steps designed to help warehouse and distribution center managers establish the foundation of an optimized order fulfillment system that enhances both productivity and accuracy. The six steps include:

  1. Classify inventory
  2. Match inventory to storage technology
  3. Automate to reduce cost
  4. Slot inventory within the storage technology
  5. Map processes and workflow to maximize throughput and reduce labor
  6. Integrate business systems to maximize visibility

Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: August 2013
Kardex Remstar

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Labor Productivity: The ROI of Doing It Right! Labor Productivity: The ROI of Doing It Right!

Even if you're a top performing company, cost pressures are still top of mind. That's why best-in-class companies use modern labor management practices and technology to reign in costs, optimize the movement of inventory, and ultimately drive better business results.

Real benefits include:

  • Top-line sales increases of 1-3 percent
  • Pirated hour decreases of 1-2 percent
  • Productivity increases of 10-35 percent
  • Utilization increases of 10-45 percent
  • Quality improvements of 3-11 percent
  • Involuntary turnover decreases of 10-25 percent
  • Labor cost decreases of 10-35 percent

Presented by: JDA
Date: August 2013
JDA

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