GRAND RAPIDS — Dematic, the Grand Rapids office of the German a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, said Monday it has designed new software, automation and technology to optimize the use of inventory, labor and space, while accommodating multichannel requirements for retailers and wholesalers.
The suite of order fulfillment products and services distributes products to customers using multiple channels, provides appropriate pick and ship methods for each channel, is designed for average-to-peak capacity ratios, increases order processing speed to ensure promised delivery, and guarantees order quality checking and reverse logistics.
Many multichannel order fulfillment systems transition operations from batch or wave-based methods to dynamic on-demand methods. The Dematic order fulfillment system supports multichannel distribution operations from receiving to shipping.
“The Dematic solution set for multichannel distribution operations is centered around flexible modules that scale to changing operational needs and growth,” said Mike Khodl, Vice President of Solution Development, Dematic. “Most designs incorporate a storage buffer strategy that shares inventory across multiple distribution channels, but Dematic solutions have peak capacity flexibility built in to accommodate seasonal, promotional and weekly order surges.”
This system for multichannel distribution accommodates the appropriate distribution strategy developed by the retailer or wholesaler.
For companies that deploy dedicated distribution centers for each channel to market, Dematic offers channel specific designs that support large and small retail stores, e-commerce and route or home delivery.
Companies that can process orders from multiple channels in one distribution center profit from the Dematic array of systems that share inventory across channels, minimize labor requirements and maximize the use of space.
Distribution centers that use multiple channels in the same building can benefit from Dematic systems that accommodate the special requirement of each functional area of the warehouse. Reserve storage typically supports more case-level staging to support the increased need for the small number of line items typical of e-commerce orders. The contents of cases may be converted to totes for more effective split case picking. With more complex replenishment requirements and more SKUs in the mix, the replenishment system offered are more automated, thereby reducing labor and space requirements.
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