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GOODS-TO-PERSON SOLUTIONS: SOLVING THE CHALLENGES OF SMALL-ORDER FULFILLMENT

Find out how goods-to-person solutions can set new standards in your e-commerce order fulfillment facility. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:
  • Five goods-to-person technologies set to be game-changers in e-commerce distribution
  • How to conquer the challenges of small order fulfillment

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April, 2017

Goods-to-Person Solutions: Solving the challenges of small-order fulfillment

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN AUTOMATED DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES

Warehouse automation is driving incredible improvements in productivity and accuracy. But how can you ensure it doesn’t drive up energy consumption too?

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • the latest developments in energy management and automation technology to help optimize efficiency
  • new solutions for monitoring and reducing warehouse energy consumption

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March, 2017

Energy Efficiency in automated distribution facilities

BACK TO THE FUTURE IN BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION

Discover how automation can be used in beverage distribution without your operation becoming overly complex and inflexible. 


In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 
  • How focusing automation on slow-moving products increases flexibility and efficiency  
  • Delivering pick rates comparable to a fully automated operation at a fraction of the cost

Back to the future in beverage distribution

DO THE MATH: USING MODELING TO OPTIMIZE DISTRIBUTION CENTER AUTOMATION

How much automation is enough? An over engineered system increases complexity, but under engineer the system and you could stifle future growth. So how do you find your sweet spot?  

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 
  • How to use mathematical modeling to tailor an automation strategy to your business
  • Modeling SKU velocity, order activity and other variables to ensure your automation system is optimized for cost, throughput and flexibility

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October, 2016

Do the math

THE HIDDEN COST OF DOING NOTHING

Costs associated with optimizing distribution centers are often carefully evaluated, but the alternative is rarely scrutinized. What is the cost of doing nothing?

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 

  • The full impact doing nothing has on a distribution center
  • The real expenses and opportunity costs of doing nothing
  • How to factor this into decisions on capital investment for distribution
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August, 2016

The hidden cost of doing nothing

RETURNS: THE DARK SIDE OF E-COMMERCE

Return handling costs are a global issue. Even where labor is cheap, returns can mean double logistics costs (shipping and reverse logistics), no turnover and disappointed customers.  

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 
  • How efficient return solutions can enable a smooth experience for consumers
  • Accelerated availability of returned goods
  • Lower logistics personnel costs and higher storage density     
Authors: James Sharples – Swisslog UK Managing Director, David Jefferys – Swisslog Global Market Leader for E-Commerce and Retail, Bernd Kratz – Managing Director of EMA GmbH

Swisslog White Paper: Returns - The Dark Side of E-Commerce

SOLVING THE SKILLS GAP AT WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

Keeping up with rapid changes in new technology and growth in operations makes it difficult to quickly hire the right employees with the right skills. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about: 
  • Third-party-employers and how they reduce human resources liabilities 
  • Effective methods for bridging the skills gap at warehouse distribution centers  

Author: Ian Channing, Vice President Customer Service and Head of Global System Operations, Swisslog WDS

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April, 2016

solving the skills gap at warehouse distribution centers

FIVE WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DC FOR E-COMMERCE FULFILLMENT

Learn about the five key tactics we recommend to optimize your DC for ever-growing numbers of SKUs in e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:  

  • Relocating high-velocity SKUs to avoid congestion and reconfiguring pick methods to accommodate new SKUs
  • Managing split cases with warehouse execution software (WES) and adding “early out” capability to ship completed orders faster 

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February, 2016

Five ways to optimize your DC for e-commerce fulfillment

DESIGNING DISTRIBUTION CENTERS FOR PROFITABILITY

Understanding the financial impact of SKUs is vital for any company. Decide which SKUs go into your distribution center based on how they contribute to the bottom line. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • The four key questions to ask to discover the financial impact of new SKUs
  • How to ensure new SKUs are strategic, profitable and why you should carry them

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December, 2015

Designing distribution centers for profitability

EXTENDING THE LIFE AND PRODUCTIVITY OF YOUR DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Existing distribution centers often face complex challenges, but looking closely at the operation helps you understand all underlying issues before considering an overhaul. 

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • How to improve productivity and handle growth in your existing facility without a complete overhaul
  • The importance of analyzing data and how to address often interrelated commonissues 
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October, 2015

Extending the life and productivity of your distribution center

PICK OR SORT FOR RETAIL FULFILLMENT

Pick or sort? It may seem like a simple decision, but in reality, you need to take multiple factors into consideration when choosing a strategy to meet rapidly expanding retail fulfillment needs.

In this free White Paper from Swisslog, you’ll learn about:

  • The range of factors playing a major role in retail fulfillment and how they affect operations
  • The difference between pick and put strategies and how to determine which works best for your needs
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September, 2015

Pick or Sort?

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