White Papers from Vanderlande

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