Slotting Solutions -Beneficial In Warehouse or Distribution Centers
So what can we utilize to make facilities more efficient, productive and cost effective? The answer to this question is a method known as slotting. These Slotting Solutions have a rising and evolving place in our omni-channel world.
The use of Slotting Solutions is ever growing and evolving in the omni-channel era. The answer as to why is primarily dependent on other complementary methods such as better communication and flexible, WMS-directed replenishment.
What is Slotting?
Slotting is the activity of deciding the most fitting storage area for every item in your distribution center/warehouse. The advantages of proper slotting are regularly undervalued by those in charge of stockroom operations. Presently, people responsible don’t acknowledge exactly how much.
Slotting is the activity of deciding the most fitting storage area for every item in your distribution center/warehouse. The advantages of proper slotting solutions are regularly undervalued by those in charge of stockroom operations. Presently, people responsible don’t acknowledge exactly how much proper, or legitimate slotting can influence their operations.
What can we expect from the use of slotting and WMS? First, we can expect slotting to be used more frequently. Effective slotting solutions may be used in many different circumstances, from efficiently finding the most favorable spot for new items, to reslotting larger zones for maximum picking efficiency. It has been noted that slotting may need to be combined with dynamic replenishment methods to quickly get forward pick areas stocked up with the right goods, especially in the face of unexpected demand.
The use of slotting software in warehouses and distribution centers is very effective in establishing the best locations for goods by looking at the forecast for SKUs, how fast an order or product moves , pertinent data of an order (or item) such as dimensions and weight, and information regarding location in the warehouse. It then suggests where to locate SKUs so that orders can be picked and filled in the most productive and efficient manner.
Slotting should be well integrated to the WMS, not only to gain SKU data, location data and order history, but so slotting plans can be sent back to the WMS for execution.
End users have in the past used spreadsheets to help slot goods, but today a slotting solution with full integration to WMS is necessary to support more frequent reprofiling. With integration, slotting tasks can be interwoven with picking and replenishment tasks.
The one caveat in using slotting effectively is that slotting needs reliable forecast data to gauge how fast a mover a SKU, product or order will be. It can be challenging to optimize a facility when you are not certain what your order profiles are going to look like on a day to day basis.
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.