In an environment where customers demand the right product, in the right place, at the right time, distribution centers must work hard to meet and exceed these expectations. An optimally slotted warehouse supports efficient putaway, picking, and pallet building; reduces product damage; and increases customer satisfaction.
Like most organizations, you may find it difficult to deal with the myriad of slotting issues, which have become too complex for guesswork, paper-based calculations, spreadsheets, and outdated slotting methodologies. Now you can take the guesswork out of your slotting initiatives. By providing rapid and easy to perform multiple “what-if” slotting scenarios, OptiSlot DC™ allows you to compare operational goal achievement and financial return for each scenario. After comparing the results, you can select the optimal slot strategy to execute.
Proper slotting balances, or optimizes, the assignment of a pick location for each SKU based on unique product attributes, the physical characteristics of the distribution center, and the organization's operational goals. All of these factors must be balanced to achieve the optimal slotting solution.
OptiSlot DC™ addresses the complexities of slotting by utilizing advanced mathematical algorithms which consider a product's dimensions like weight and velocity, physical characteristics of your environment including slot configurations, pick path and material handling equipment, and operational goals like pallet building, seasonality requirements and retail groupings.
As a result of implementing advanced slotting technology, your operations benefit from reduced labor expenses, improved order fulfillment cycle time, a reduction in partial order shipments, and improved space utilization.
Before and after Optimization: Using OptiSlot DC™ to optimize warehouse slotting with a user-defined slotting strategy yields a 95% score improvement in the example above.