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Keeping Older DC Systems Up-to-Date is an Ongoing Challenge


Avoiding Operational Obsolesces in Times of Rapid Change

 
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Distribution Centers equipped with material handling systems that have been in operation for 5 to10 years are most likely at the point where they need to be updated. It is very likely that the company’s business model has undergone several changes since the system was originally put into operation. New marketing channels may have been developed and new product lines added. No doubt customer order profiles have changed; order fulfillment times have decreased while the demand for value added services (VAS) has increased.

In addition, big changes may have take place in the products being handled by the system. These product changes include:

  • increased population of small light weight cartons;

  • increased use of stretch-wrap material (in place of cardboard cartons) that may not have a hard bottom surface suitable for transporting on powered roller conveyor systems;

  • vendor changes to product identification symbologies and label placement.

The current system was probably designed based on a...

 
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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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