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10 Ways to Achieve E-Commerce Distribution Success, Part 4 of 10 – Determine Optimal Pick Methodology

August 26th, 2016

Tactic #4: Determine Optimal Pick Methodology

Once the pick strategy has been determined, attention can be turned to pick methodology. There are many confusing terms for different types of picking, and there is not a universally accepted definition for some of them. Here’s a breakdown of each:

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10 Ways to Achieve E-Commerce Distribution Success, Part 3 of 10 – Determine Overall Pick Strategy

August 22nd, 2016

Tactic #3: Determine Overall Pick Strategy

The decision of an overall pick strategy should not be taken lightly. Companies that are in their infancy with e-commerce will likely not have the piece-pick volumes to justify expensive material handling equipment. It is advisable, however, to perform some long range planning and have some sense of what strategy will need to be employed once volumes increase.
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10 Ways to Achieve E-Commerce Distribution Success, Part 2 of 10 – Set Up Effective Replenishment

August 10th, 2016

Tactic #2: Set Up Effective Replenishment, a Basic Tactic


Eventually, the supply of goods in the forward pick area will be exhausted. Rather than having pickers be caught by surprise when this happens, effective rules must be set up for controlled replenishment.

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10 Ways to Achieve E-Commerce Distribution Success, Part 1 of 10 – Create a Forward Pick Area

August 4th, 2016

Tactic #1: Create a Forward Pick Area, a Basic Tactic

A forward pick area is a zone in the warehouse that contains a small amount of a large number of SKUs. The goal of creating this area is to increase SKU-density per linear-foot, and allow multiple picks to be performed with a minimal amount of travel. The figure below illustrates the extent to which walking can be reduced by implementing this strategy.

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Thinking of Implementing a New WMS? The 2017 Holiday Season is Closer than You Think…

July 19th, 2016

It may seem like the 2017 holiday season is a long way away but if your company is considering implementing a new WMS in time for the 2017 holiday season, it is good to start thinking ahead now. This post provides a realistic timeline for WMS implementation.

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