Create up to 140 percent more pick slots while minimizing travel and labor requirements

Increasing Slot Capacity and Picking Efficiency

Abstract

In a distribution center, fast and accurate order fulfillment defines success. But as the need to serve multiple channels grows, SKU counts increase and order profiles change, racking and slotting systems that functioned adequately in the past may begin to compromise order fulfillment efficiency. Additionally, increased picking complexity and operator travel times mean distribution center managers face challenges of efficiently stocking, fulfilling and replenishing their ever-increasing SKU counts while controlling labor costs and maintaining high customer service delivery levels. It all adds up – order picking accounts for more than 50% of the typical warehouse’s total operating costs.

This white paper discusses how an innovative multi-level lift truck design can expand the “golden zone” of the pick face, enabling new slotting strategies that increase capacity and picking efficiency, reduce labor and storage requirements and decrease overall materials handling costs.

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