Challenging market dynamics like limited labor availability and the increasing demands of e-commerce order fulfillment (e-fulfillment) are placing extraordinary pressures on distribution centers, warehouses and fulfillment operations. As businesses invest millions of dollars annually to design, build and operate these facilities, they must also become skilled at quickly identifying when these challenges are impacting customer service levels or chipping away at profit margins.
In our next On The Move webinar - which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT - Luther Webb, Intelligrated's director of operations & solutions consulting, and Mark Steinkamp, Intelligrated's director of solutions development, will explain how companies can identify operational inefficiencies and address them before they impact the bottom line.
Compared to traditional distribution centers (DCs), e-fulfillment centers not only have significantly more orders to fill, but also require more labor - and up to four times the parking spaces as traditional DCs. With so much at stake, and so many resources to manage, maintaining operational efficiency becomes even more critical.
Luther and Mark will begin their webinar by covering the unique challenges these e-fulfillment centers face, including:
- Reducing order cycle times while increasing throughput and accuracy
- Dealing with SKU proliferation and the rise of each-picking scenarios
- Managing inventory availability vs. inventory costs
- Attracting, training and retaining a skilled workforce
To show attendees how to evaluate the effectiveness of their operation, Luther and Mark will discuss the importance of data and trend analysis around key data points, such as: product flow (and bottlenecks); available space; customer complaints and returns; interviews; organizational goals; and facility design capabilities.
Luther and Mark will consolidate all this information into a 10-step approach designed to help operations identify opportunities for improvement today and in the future.
So, if you're ready to learn how to audit operational performance, improve training functions and streamline order fulfillment processes, please join Luther Webb and Mark Steinkamp for the next On The Move webinar on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.