Distribution executives are increasingly looking for more efficient solutions to minimize wasted time between picks and increase the number of orders processed per person. Not surprisingly, many of them are embracing a goods-to-person fulfillment approach to achieve higher efficiencies. Although some form of automated goods-to-person fulfillment options have been available for nearly 20 years, it is just within the past decade that an influx of highly efficient and scalable goods-to-person systems have been introduced, providing more options for distribution executives.
A best-fit solution needs to fully embrace the operational needs of the distribution center, and the equipment should support process improvement - not the other way around. This is a critical factor in the selection process of a goods-to-person system, but is frequently short-sighted. There is rarely a single solution that efficiently works across all of a DC’s SKUs, and the newest technology on the market may not fit the DC’s operational profile.
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