TZA Consulting, a firm that helps clients optimize their warehouse and distribution operations, introduces a cost-effective slotting solution. The new TZA offering enables customers to find increased capacity and throughput in their existing facilities, maximize their material flow and space use, and increase their productivity and quality.
Slotting delivers value by achieving consistent, repeatable results across a network of multiple facilities and by making re-slotting much less labor-intensive. An effective program can result in a 6- to 10-percent improvement in affected areas, as well as an overall facility increase in throughput capacity because of a better leveraging of assets. The ideal candidate for this solution is a company with an SKU count that exceeds 5,000 and that manages multiple facilities with multiple pick zones and methodologies. The solution is particularly valuable for companies with seasonal inventories or that implement promotional programs throughout the year that affect inventory volumes, according to TZA.
Often the biggest obstacle for slotting solutions is the entry point and then the return on investment. The TZA slotting solution eradicates those issues and makes it very easy to cost-justify. The solution uses a cost-based evaluation model to calculate tradeoffs between square footage, replenishment costs, and picking productivity. It also incorporates an AutoCad three-dimensional graphic rendering capability for clear visual representation of SKU movement within a facility, and enables the easy evaluation of alternative options and scenarios during the planning and design phases of an operation. As a result, the customer benefits from the application of sound engineering practices to the slotting process.
TZA's slotting methodology can be applied as a constrained analysis of an existing facility, or as an unconstrained analysis of a new operation during the planning and design phase. TZA offers a rapid deployment, in most cases rolling out a new project in three to five weeks.
Company: TZA Consulting
Company URL: www.tzaconsulting.com