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Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

When It Comes To DC Automation – The Questions Are: When, What, and How Much


ProMat Show Provides Best Opportunity to Engage with Industry Service Providers

 
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With more than 800 exhibitors from over 100 countries ProMat 2015 & Automate 2015 will no doubt be a showcase for a proven and rapidly expanding generation of logistics automation technologies. The reason why so much attention and exhibit space is being given to automation is primarily due to the extreme pressure being applied to most shippers to improve operational efficiency and customer services in a logistics environment that is becoming more specialized and demand driven. The most important factors peaking interest in automation is the need for more flexible and intelligent material handling solutions. There are of course many other factors, such as:

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proliferation of slow moving SKUs

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shorter lead times for processing orders

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higher proportion of small orders

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more severe and later seasonal spikes in volume

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ever increasing demand for highly customized value added services (VAS)


The above factors are the result of continued global supply chain expansion and rapidly growing marketing strategies such as; ecommerce, multi-channel fulfillment, and same-day delivery. Most B2B and B2C market sectors are been impacted by these factors.

Shippers could use some help in determining; when to automate, what to automate, and how much to automate.

To get your planning process started, consider the following...

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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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