ProMat 2013: Dematic Enhances Order Fulfillment Solutions Suite

Global logistics supplier helps retailers and wholesalers navigate multi-channel fulfillment demands

Chicago—Jan. 23, 2013Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, designed solution sets to optimize the use of inventory and labor and space, while accommodating multi-channel requirements for retailers and wholesalers.

The suite of order fulfillment solutions—that distribute products to customers using multiple channels--provides appropriate pick-and-ship methods for each channel; is designed for average-to-peak capacity ratios; increases order processing speed to ensure promised delivery; and guarantees order quality checking and reverse logistics.

“The Dematic solution set for multi-channel distribution operations is centered around flexible modules that scale to changing operational needs and growth,” said Mike Khodl, Vice President of Solution Development, Dematic. “Most designs incorporate a storage buffer strategy that shares inventory across multiple distribution channels. But Dematic solutions have peak capacity flexibility built in to accommodate seasonal, promotional and weekly order surges.”

Many multi-channel order fulfillment solutions transition operations from batch or wave-based methods to dynamic on-demand methods. The Dematic order fulfillment solution set supports multi-channel distribution operations from receiving to shipping. This solution set for multi-channel distribution accommodates the appropriate distribution strategy developed by the retailer or wholesaler.

For companies that deploy dedicated distribution centers for each channel to market, Dematic offers channel-specific designs that support large and small retail stores; e-commerce; and route or home delivery.

Companies that can process orders from multiple channels in one distribution center, profit from the Dematic array of system solutions that share inventory across channels; minimize labor requirements; and maximize the use of space.

Distribution centers that use multiple channels in the same building can benefit from the Dematic solution set that accommodates the special requirement of each functional area of the warehouse. Reserve storage typically supports more case-level staging to support the increased need for the small number of line items typical of e-commerce orders. The contents of cases may be converted to totes for more effective split case picking. With more complex replenishment requirements and more SKUs in the mix, the replenishment solutions offered are more automated, thereby reducing labor and space requirements. Picking sub-systems include goods to person; put to order; zone route; and put walls for order consolidation. Packing and shipping configurations incorporate value added processes, in line scales, quality check, and label print and apply.

For more information, visit Dematic during ProMat 2013 at booth #1203.

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