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Business Metrics Drive Technology Adoption


Adopting Order Fulfillment Technologies that “FIT” Your Business Model

 
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As was expected the MODEX 2018 show included many new and interesting automation technologies. To review SCD’s live from the show video coverage click here – Day 1 & Day 2. However, when adopting new technology, business managers and system designers must be acutely aware of how the company’s SKU and customer order profiles impact on operations. It is therefore, imperative to thoroughly analyze the company’s business metrics, such as:

  • SKU mix and handling requirements
  • customer order profiles
  • full case and split case picking volume
  • lines per order
  • inventory turns
  • shipping and returns policies
  • value added services

All of these will factor into...

 
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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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This report: Advances in Conveyor Technology increasing System Flexibility

 
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