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Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Improving DC Performance – Back To The Basics


Fast and Accurate Order Fulfillment is Still Key to Satisfying Customers

 
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Most shippers have some level of mechanized order fulfillment. However, over time if not kept up-to-date, these operations can become antiquated. An example would be having the capability to efficiently process large amounts of small e-commerce and/or other multi channel orders.

The good news is that there are several proven order fulfillment technologies that can be added to incrementally improve DC performance. The following are a few examples:


 Pick-to-Light & Voice Technologies:

Pick-to-Light and Speaker Independent Voice Picking are proven “hands-free” picking technologies supported by WMS. With pick-to-light order pickers are directed to the... 

 
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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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Sorting It Out : Improving DC Performance - Back To The Basics
Fast and Accurate Order Fulfillment is Still Key to Satisfying Customers
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The Amount of Product shipped from a DC Impacts on Processing Methods
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