Slotting in the Dynamic Distribution Center

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In the fast-moving environment of today’s dynamic distribution center, the rapidly evolving nature of demand throughout a product’s lifecycle – from new product introduction through product phase-out – creates the classic challenge of determining best pick slot(s) to assign to an item.

The stakes are high, as resource constraints put a premium on the ability to get the latest hot product in and out of the DC and on the way to the consumer as quickly and efficiently as possible.

By tracking periodic movement and continuously evaluating not only whether an item is correctly profiled into the correct slot type, but also whether the assigned pick slot is in the proper sequence in the pick line, a new generation of advance slotting software offers the promise of responding more quickly – and profitably – to rapid swings in product demand.