Making sure picking stock is always available is a key driver in optimising productivity in distribution.
Whether the replenishment is performed manually or through the use of automated equipment, smart Dematic Warehouse Control Software (WCS) ensures the appropriate volume of stock is available at every pick face location to meet the forecast demand for item, case, layer and pallet picking applications.
When the inventory level at any SKU’s pick face location falls to a pre-determined level in the WCS, this triggers a replenishment order for stock to be pulled from reserve to top up the volume of stock at the pick face to satisfy the next batch of orders to be processed.
Fast moving SKUs often require multiple pick face locations to ensure sufficient picking stock is available to meet forecast demand, while slower moving SKUs may have only the one pick face location or, in some cases, may only be picked from their reserve location.
The use of dividers make it possible to segment a single pick face so that multiple slower moving SKUs can be stored within the same location. This approach is also used in Miniload and Multishuttle tote and tray storage systems, in which the use of dividers can enable a single tote to house many different SKUs, depending on the size of the products.
The use of case and pallet flow racks can help take the replenishment of pick face locations off the critical path, ensuring that when a case or pallet has been picked, another case or pallet of stock is always available to roll into place for the next order requiring that SKU.
Benefits of Dematic replenishment solutions include:
- Increased labour productivity
- Improved inventory accuracy
- Uninterrupted picking
- Correct FIFO stock rotation.