Warehouse Slotting – A fundamental organizing principal in a DC

Re-engineering a pick line to optimize warehouse slotting has far-reaching effects on labor productivity and quality. While it may be tedious to reset...

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Roller Skates vs Modern Pick-Line Design

 

Pickers roller skated between departments at the Montgomery Ward Catalog House. Photo Credit: 600 West Management

 

Recently, I enjoyed an...

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A warehouse is like a gold mine [Inbound Labor]

Recently, an analyst prepared a slide that had me thinking back to my days as a student,

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Predictive Tasking: A Powerful Tool to Optimize Warehouse Infrastructure

“Why are so many bins short now? What’s going on?” All of a sudden,

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Tastes Great... Less Filling! The Battle of Two Slotting Strategies

There are two basic strategies for assigning items to bin locations in a warehouse. In a fixed slotting system, every SKU has a set location and new...

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The Vicious Circle of Picker Congestion

SKU proliferation in food distribution has generally made pick lines longer and reduced the number of picks per foot traveled along the pick line. ...

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3 Aspects within Management's Control that Affect Productivity

When looking at the factors that affect productivity in the distribution center, some are out of your control, like the magnitude of volumes shipped,...

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Five Distribution Center Functions in Five Short Stories

1. Receiving

The DC manager of a Texas wholesaler was walking me through the operation. He pointed to that morning’s receipts and said “our philosophy...

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Ketchup in the Cooler - How to Know When You've Got One SKU Too Many

Some years ago, I was auditing a regional distribution center for a major foodservice distributor.  The audit was going well, the operation had many...

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How Pick Lines Affect Distribution Performance

Talking about pick lines and their impact on distribution performance, most operators think primarily about picking efficiency.  While of utmost...

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