Automation Improves Profitability and Eliminates DIM Price Increases

Automation-Eliminates-DIM-Price-IncreaseAutomation Eliminates DIM Price Increases by working smarter, not harder. The use of dimensional weight and sizing (DIM) pricing has been implemented by both UPS and Federal Express starting in 2015. It is vital for organizations to understand every SKUs size and weight and associate every order into the smallest box or bag possible.

The size and weight information needs to be either imported from the manufacturer or provider or by weighing and measuring everything yourself. By incorporating some of today’s technologies the later isn’t as intensive as you might fear. In either case, keeping the information and data in  SI-IWS Software will dramatically increase warehouse efficiency, lower shipping costs, eliminate charge backs, minimize returns  and increase bottom line profitability.

Integrating sizing equipment such as Cubiscan allow organizations to scale their need with the proper solution. Systems are available which allow operators to place an item on the unit’s bed. With a push of a button on a PC, the items size and weight is automatically determined and stored in the warehouse software. This information is then used by the software to determine the optimized picking time, tote and shipper size.

Inline weigh scales can be used to verify a shipping package’s weight and the data once again collected and used by the SI-IWS Software system to optimize shipping methods, report to FedEx, UPS or other carriers.

Likewise, information gathered from the automated capture of the products dimensions can be then used to improve storage requirements, identify both fragile and damaged cartons; pair products to the most effective shipping carton size; and load transportation vehicles for maximum capacity. When integrating sizing equipment, weigh scale and bar code scanners with conveyor, items are then transported at speeds of 500 feet per minute (or faster), which allows the information and data to be transmitted in real time boosting throughput.

SI Systems has been providing world class automated software and material handling systems to order fulfillment, distribution center, warehouse, manufacturing and assembly operations for over 50 years. Systems include WMS (Warehouse Management Systems), WCS (Warehouse Control Systems), and WES (Warehouse Execution Systems) software, order fulfillment dispensing A-Frames, towline in-floor conveyor, slotting and integration services. Visit www.sihs.com for more information and white papers on this subject or email: info@sihs.com for more information.

Ed Romaine
Ed Romaine
Romaine has spent over 30 years involved with organizations looking to optimize their distribution, manufacturing, and warehousing operations. Focusing on customer’s processes, systems and business model, Romaine has helped dozens of organizations improve profitability by reducing labor, floor space, errors and inventory while improving accuracy, inventory turns and cut-off times.Within the industry trade association, MHI, Romaine has taken numerous leadership positions over his 18 year membership including: Chairman of the Automated Storage & Retrieval (AS/RS) Group, Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council of America, Chairman of the Warehouse Execution Systems Group and was one of the originators of the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group.Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications, blogs and online publications and has been a speaker at dozens of Supply Chain, Logistics, Lean and Facility organizations and functions.

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