2016 will go down as a year of surprises and change. Yet lost in the many headlines is the emergence of the new industrial revolution: Industry 4.0 and the continued double digit growth of online ordering and supply chain excellence as its principal enabler.
Recently we brought a prospective customer to one of our existing customer locations so they can see the RF Plus software live in action. Amidst the discussions, inventory and material handling personnel from our existing customer made the following comments:
It can be said that your health is a function of a number of daily disciplines such as getting enough sleep, eating right, and even flossing. Similarly your warehouse health is a function of daily habits such as labeling, receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and cycle counting
As the economy improves and more shopping moves through the internet, companies are seeing an increase in shipping volumes and are looking to scale their operations. However many shipping processes in warehouses today are manually based and will result in a disproportionate cost increase if shipping operations are merely expanded based on current businesses practices.
Replenishment is the physical act of moving product from a bulk or storage location to a pick location where product is selected for shipment to a customer. Some call this process a forward pick or letdown and it usually involves breaking down a pallet into the selling unit of measurement such as cases or eaches as part of the re-stocking function.