Companies with the highest levels of customer satisfaction always carry their goal of customer service perfection into the distribution center. It is too easy to think of the distribution center as an operation completely separated from the customer. And companies that do this do so at their own peril.
By automating your distribution center, you can provide substantial benefits and significant labor savings. Unfortunately, if you make the wrong automation choices, you can burn a hole in your wallet getting little, if any, significant improvement over what could be done with traditional solutions. Here are six questions you need to ask before you take the automation leap.
As your operation grows, the type of powered vehicles that will work best for you may change. Growth often means increasing numbers of SKUs and larger on-hand quantities. If your company provides replacement consumables or spare parts, you may find a growing parts inventory that must be maintained and selected from.