“Slotting applications have been available for some time. However, before dynamic slotting was introduced, people had to periodically review their slotting practices and make adjustments. With dynamic slotting, the application is using data from warehouse operations to automatically reconfigure product placement. Our software engineers have taken slotting to the next level,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a leading provider of warehouse control solutions.
As part of an integrated solution, this tool has visibility to the overall operation. Besides product attributes, it can analyze changes to the physical layout and demand, employee productivity, production levels, and other warehouse metrics. With access to real-time data, this application can make incremental changes and assign the appropriate tasks to maintain efficiency. Another advantage is maintaining more efficient amounts of inventory, which means storing enough product to prevent back orders, but not too much to negatively impact the operation.
Poor product placement affects every operation in the warehouse since people are working harder to accomplish each task. Putaway and replenishment are inefficient when items are placed in the wrong-sized bin. Picking takes longer when inventory is placed too far away. Improper placement of heavy items can increase the likelihood of injuries. Failure to place high-volume items in several locations lowers throughput. As efficiency is reduced, labor costs increase.
Dynamic slotting is essential for the distribution center with a large number of inventory items. Keeping track of the monumental amount of data and possible configurations requires a robust application. Automating the process ensures re-slotting at the right time.
QC Software is recognized as an industry leader in providing innovative and adaptive software solutions for order fulfillment and distribution centers. Their Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides advanced management capabilities for inventory control, resource scheduling and order management. For over eighteen years, these solutions have enabled customers throughout North America to streamline their warehouse operations with one of the lowest total cost of ownerships in the industry.