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Customized Order Fulfillment Requirements Drives Adoption of Automation Technology


Automated Processing Solutions Increases Order Processing Speed and Efficiency

 
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Today’s shippers are providing an ever increasing array of individualized customer specific services that require special “off-line” operations including assembly, packaging, customization, and store-ready shipments that disrupt the continuity of orders flowing from picking to shipping. While most of these services are generally considered to be beneficial, they increase operational complexity and order processing cost.

It is not uncommon for a shipper to be forced to react (often with little or no prior notice) to new never seen before requirements or specifications being imposed by a broad spectrum of high value customers. These customized services usually require setting up a separate standalone manual processing area which, in turn, adds a whole new dimension of operational complexity and cost. Failure to comply can result in an entire shipment being rejected, substantial charge backs and possible loss of business.

Going forward, the order fulfillment process must take into account the...

 
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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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The first analytic reports for the materials handling and distribution industry.

This report: Advances in Conveyor Technology increasing System Flexibility

 
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