The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Very Narrow Aisle Rack in the Warehouse: When to Use It, When Not to Use It

July 3rd, 2014

An overview of key design considerations when designing a distribution center with Very Narrow Aisle Rack…

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Carts, Conveyors, or Carousels? Which Distribution Center Pick Strategy to Use?

June 4th, 2014

Companies designing a new distribution center or making changes to an existing one face a host of decisions about the proper role of automation in the facility. Learn about Distribution center pick strategies and the pros and cons of each.


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Making Your Carousel System Work For You, Not Against You

November 18th, 2013

Too often we meet clients who are in the process of having distribution center carousel systems removed or letting them gather dust in a far off corner of the operation. Sometimes the technology is a poor fit, but more often than not the success or failure of a horizontal carousel project can be attributed to a short list of culprits…

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Three Enemies of High Distribution Center Pick Rates and How to Conquer Them

October 16th, 2013

This post looks at a few common root causes of  lower-than-necessary pick rates and potential solutions.

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Vendor Selection: Big Enough to Get it Right, Small Enough to Care

August 26th, 2013

Commonwealth reflects on some common criteria which should be considered when deciding on key vendor partners for supply chain initiatives.

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