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Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Achieving Sortation System Success


Shippers Want to Know if There is a Sortation System That's Right for Their Operation

 
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Carton picking, conveying and sorting equipment are considered to be essential to providing efficient and productive consumer goods order fulfillment operations. Shippers who take advantage of batch-order picking technology use conveyors and carton sorting systems to automatically consolidate customer orders for shipping. The combination of batch-order picking and sorting provides them with high volume shipping capability while lowering order picking and handling cost. Even though this method has been in widespread use for decades, there are shippers (large and small) who for various reasons have considered, but have not deployed, this technology in their operation. The following is our attempt to address a few of their concerns...

 
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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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