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GOODS-TO-PERSON SOLUTIONS: SOLVING THE CHALLENGES OF SMALL-ORDER FULFILLMENT

Goods-to-person is the new paradigm in e-commerce fulfillment. Our new white paper reviews five game-changing goods-to-person technologies.
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN AUTOMATED DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES

Discover new Solutions for Monitoring and Reducing Warehouse Energy Consumption 

Warehouse automation is driving incredible improvements in productivity and accuracy. But it’s also driving up energy consumption. Our new white paper outlines the latest advances in energy management and automation technologies to help you monitor consumption and optimize efficiency. Whether you’re operating a standard or temperature-controlled warehouse, this paper is a must-read for insight into the latest energy-saving technologies.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE IN BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION

Solving the Automation Challenge in Beverage Distribution

Early attempts at automating beverage distribution were overly complex and inflexible because they failed to account for the true business case for automation. The solution is to focus automation strategically on slower-moving products. This gets to the root of the real driver for automation in beverage distribution – the SKU proliferation that has eroded pick efficiency — without the complexity and rigidity of full automation. It delivers pick rates comparable to full automation with greater flexibility and at a fraction of the cost. Our white paper, Back to the Future in Beverage Distribution: How Wave Picking is Solving the Automation Challenge, tells the full story.

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DO THE MATH: Using Modeling to Optimize Distribution Center Automation

Use mathematical modeling to tailor an automation strategy to your business.

One of the first questions to answer when considering automation is: how much is enough? An over engineered system increases complexity and could delay your ROI for years. Under engineer the system and you stifle future growth. So how do you find your sweet spot? You do the math (or find someone to do it for you). Modeling SKU velocity, order activity and other variables ensures your automation system is optimized for cost, throughput and flexibility. Get the full story in our white paper, Do the Math: Using Modeling to Optimize Distribution Center Automation.

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THE HIDDEN COST OF DOING NOTHING

Understand the full impact on your DC.

Companies carefully evaluate the often substantial costs associated with modernizing or optimizing an existing distribution center or building a new one. Yet they seldom scrutinize the real cost of the alternative – doing nothing.

Choosing to maintain the status quo is always an alternative to significant capital investment; however, the real expenses and the opportunity costs of doing nothing often are overlooked. Such costs need to be included in the business case for all proposed improvements to your distribution operation. The reason? The cost of inaction can easily exceed the price of a modernization project.

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RETURNS: THE DARK SIDE OF E-COMMERCE

Return handling costs are a global issue. Even where labor is cheap, returns can mean double logistics costs (shipping and reverse logistics), no turnover and disappointed customers. 

Find out how efficient returns solutions can enable a smooth experience for consumers, accelerated availability of returned goods, lower intralogistics personnel costs and higher storage density. 

Authors: James Sharples – Swisslog UK Managing Director, David Jefferys – Swisslog Global Market Leader for E-Commerce and Retail, Bernd Kratz – Managing Director of EMA GmbH

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SOLVING THE SKILLS GAP AT WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

Keeping up with rapid changes in new technology and growth in operations makes it difficult to quickly hire the right employees with the right skills.

Find out how third-party employers reduce human resources liabilities and solve the skills gap at warehouse distribution centers.

Author: Ian Channing, Vice President Customer Service and Head of Global System Operations, Swisslog WDS

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FIVE WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DC FOR E-COMMERCE FULFILLMENT

Is your DC ready? Here’s how you can prepare for unprecedented growth in SKUs and inventory turns.

The rise of e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment has caused distribution centers (DCs) to experience ever-growing numbers of stock-keeping units (SKUs) and more inventory turns, up to an average of nine in 2015. Learn more about the five key tactics we recommend to optimize your DC for e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment.

  • Relocate high-velocity SKUs to avoid congestion.
  • Reconfigure pick methods to accommodate new SKUs.
  • Manage split cases with warehouse execution software (WES).
  • Add “early out” capability to ship completed orders faster. 
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DESIGNING DISTRIBUTION CENTERS FOR PROFITABILITY

Decide Which SKUs Go into Your Distribution Center Based on How They Contribute to the Bottom Line.

Growth today is dynamic across wholesale, retail and e-commerce channels. Orders generally are much smaller and more frequent. Companies that succeed commit to spending on buildings, equipment and labor for distribution centers based on how to best fulfill orders for the most-demanded products. Which SKUs are carried and where they’re slotted must continually evolve — but only after understanding the SKU’s financial impact on the company. Thorough SKU profiling enables DC managers and their senior operations or supply chain management to make decisions based on the business case for each product and part.

In this free white paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about the four key questions to ask:

  • How important is the SKU to our business?
  • Is the SKU strategic?
  • Is the SKU profitable?
  • Why should we carry the SKU?
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EXTENDING THE LIFE AND PRODUCTIVITY OF YOUR DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Can You Improve Your Existing Facilities Without a Complete Overhaul? With the Right Strategy, You Can.

Existing distribution centers often face complex challenges. From insufficient space to increased labor costs, smaller order sizes and growing return volumes, a range of issues can create inefficiencies. That’s why you need to look closely at operations to understand all underlying issues before considering an overhaul. Performing the right due diligence to determine the cause of these problems can prevent transition difficulties or even alleviate making the situation worse.

In this free white paper from Swisslog, you’ll find out:

  • Which common issues are often interrelated
  • How to address minor problems before they spin out of control
  • Why you need proper data and analysis to see results
  • What solutions can help improve productivity and handle growth
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PICK OR SORT FOR RETAIL FULFILLMENT

Pick or Sort? Find Out Which Retail Fulfillment Path is Right for Your Growing DC.

Pick or sort? It may seem like a simple decision, but in reality, you need to take multiple factors into consideration when choosing a strategy to meet rapidly expanding retail fulfillment needs.

In this free white paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn:

  • Which factors play a major role in retail fulfillment
  • How these factors can affect your operations
  • The difference between pick and put strategies
  • How to determine which works best for your needs
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