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Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) – 5 Benefits of Warehouse Slotting

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) – 5 Benefits of Warehouse Slotting

Is it Time to Consider Warehouse Slotting? Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Best Practices

Successfully growing distribution companies are characteristically motivated to find ways to maintain a competitive advantage while meeting customer demands. It’s essential to survive in today’s challenging distribution environment, to find ways to cut operational costs and increase efficiency without adding more personnel. However, the more your business grows, the more it becomes increasingly difficult given that every warehouse contains a limited set of resources—people, equipment, products and available storage space. The trick is to find ways to optimize wherever possible to achieve a positive impact on fulfillment and distribution activities. Two components critical to this optimization are where products are slotted and the distance people have to travel to pick them —especially when it comes to fast-moving items. Warehouse slotting is simply the assignment of a specific cube of space to a specific product or purpose ideally in the best possible manner for optimization.

Inventory Placement is Key

In managing a warehouse or distribution center, the placement of inventory is perhaps the most critical element in the efficiency of the entire operation. In order to achieve supply chain management efficiency, warehouse technology should include some form of slotting and re-slotting application that optimizes the storage of goods in your warehouse — resulting in higher productivity and greater facility throughout.

How to Get Started

The question of when and how to slot – that is, to make or revise the slot plan of an existing warehouse or distribution center is not an easy one to answer. Knowing slotting concepts and the theory of slotting improves the placement of inventory to reduce picking time, improve service levels, adjust for seasonal or nonseasonal demand fluctuations and maximize warehouse space.

Among the strategic factors impacting slotting policy include product rotation, seasonality of product and demand fluctuations. Labor considerations include staff utilization and cost. Also, warehouse geography maps out the actual utilization of space and layout efficiency. In order to create an effective slotting plan, warehouse management technology and planning can assist in reaching better space utilization.

5 Benefits of Warehouse Slotting:

  1. Optimize product placement:  Item placement is a continual process — whether you’re creating an initial slotting plan for your warehouse or re-slotting as your needs change. Slotting application optimizes product placement with a breadth of functionality.
  2. Maximize space utilization:  Your warehouse space is valuable, therefore, optimizing product placement is essential. Slotting products according to the way business drives your warehouse operations helps to ensure no storage space is wasted.
  3. Improve worker safety:  Slotting products in the “golden zone” reduces visual search time and minimizes the amount of movement required for retrieval. This results in easy-to-reach placements that keep worker safety in the forefront while their productivity and throughput soar.
  4. Minimize travel to maximize efficiency:  Best-In-Breed, Warehouse Management Systems slotting application takes miles out of the paths pickers travel on a daily basis, which translates into faster fill rates and more on-time, accurate shipments.
  5. Improve key performance metrics:  With an increase in warehouse efficiency, management will see related improvements in key metrics such as picks per hour, cycle times and inventory turns.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. An Accelos and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner in Pennsylvania

About iCepts Technology Group, Inc. Middletown, PA

We are a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner offering implementation, service, and support for Microsoft Dynamics NAV in: PA, DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WV, and the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. We also offer implementation, service, and support for Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems in: PA, DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WV, and the entire Mid-Atlantic Region.

As experienced SCM, WMS and ERP consultants and value added resellers (VARs), we provide start to finish services for the solutions we represent Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Distribution and Manufacturing, Accellos Warehouse Management System (WMS), Server virtualization, open source VOIP phone systems and infrastructure and security. We provide services that cover process analysis, implementation, training, security and networking. Naturally, we also provide full ongoing support for years after implementation to help our clients succeed. We are your one stop shop for your business technology needs.

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Another version of this article was previously posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. on February 14, 2017 – Warehouse Slotting Benefits  

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