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Report | Think “inside the box” to boost performance at distribution centers

Summary

Do you regard your distribution centers as a “box” that collects inventory—or as a potential strategic weapon in your supply chain arsenal?

The distribution center often makes the difference between a merely adequate supply chain and one that gives your company a business edge.

Receiving, storing, picking, packing and shipping may appear to be straightforward and mundane tasks. But doing them well, saving your company money and providing excellent service to customers requires rigorous attention to detail and continuously looking for ways to improve your operation.

This paper outlines some trends and best practices to address challenges such as labor efficiency, picking productivity, storage density, order turnaround time, inventory accuracy and overall building throughput at distribution centers. We’ll share some of the most advanced processes in the industry, and provide guidelines on evaluating these and the latest new warehousing/distribution technologies for your specific needs.

Transform your distribution centers from operational necessities to competitive "secret weapons" that can improve customer service and profitability while directly supporting the financial goals of your organization.

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