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Blending Automated & Manual Operations for Maximum Benefit


Choosing Processing Methods that Yield Best Results

 
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The simplicity of utilizing pallet jacks and order picker trucks provides a high degree of operational flexibility and is therefore attractive to some shippers. However, this level of simplicity may not be cost effective in the long run especially if it inhibits growth. A better strategy includes blending automated or semi-automated methods with manual operations. By adopting this strategy, along with appropriate IT system support, such as WMS and/or WCS, shippers can increase yield without incurring incremental labor cost or expanding the facility. Examples of the typical benefits commonly cited are as follows:

  • Greater throughput capability
  • Reduced lead times & improved customer service
  • Better space utilization
  • Increased production control
  • Better inventory control
    • Improved stock rotation
    • Lower stock levels
    • Reduced number of stock-outs
  • Reduced operation cost
  • Improved worker safety
  • Reduced losses from damage
  • Improved shipping accuracy

It is a fact that customer requirements are constantly changing with the addition of...

 
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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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