The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems: When to Consider the Investment

October 2nd, 2018

Using automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) is often a way to prevent a distribution center expansion. Learn when to consider the investment.

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How to Reclaim Unused Distribution Center Space with Better Slotting

August 31st, 2018

This blog outlines how better distribution center slotting can save space and potentially help delay a costly expansion project.

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Six Ways to Postpone – or Eliminate – Your Distribution Center Expansion

August 24th, 2018

This new blog series is dedicated to creative distribution center space utilization techniques that can delay or eliminate the need to expand.

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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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