Retailers and wholesalers of General Merchandise implement Dematic to support the sell it and fill it from everywhere requirements of the omni-channel world.
Dematic provides materials handling solutions for General Merchandise wholesalers and retailers, ranging from small specialty product companies to large global corporations, thereby supporting low, medium, and high volume distribution requirements. These solutions are engineered to accommodate the specific application needs of the warehousing and distribution environment, such as configurations for retail store replenishment, order assembly by store planogram, eCommerce order fulfilment, multichannel in one facility, seasonal/promotional peaks, inventory velocity, and returns processing. Typical solutions are designed to optimise the processes involved with receiving, storage, put-away, replenishment, case and piece picking, consolidation, packing, palletising, truck loading, and cross-docking, along with the ability to handle a variety of load types: cartons, totes, poly bags, and envelopes.
Dematic brings a non-biased, activity based, industrial engineering approach to the development of each General Merchandise distribution system. Dematic has the process improvement engineering experience and expertise to design high performance solutions, with hundreds of successful reference implementations operating with General Merchandise wholesalers and retailers worldwide. At the core of each solution is the system design and the strategic management software that provides real time control, visibility and operational insight.
Systems may be comprised of a single solution such as order fulfilment or they may include all the operational functions from receiving to shipping. Dematic engineers each system as a modular, flexible, scalable solution to accommodate changing activity profiles, average to peak capacity and future growth. Dematic guarantees successful system performance while creating a strong ROI:
- Reduce warehouse space requirements, fulfilment time, and labour
- Optimise material and information flow, processes, activities
- Increase throughput, accuracy and ergonomics
General Merchandising Supply Chain Trends
- Continued industry concentration and store closings
- Omnichannel (eCommerce sales growth 10-15% per year)
- New ways to reach customers – smaller urban stores, outdoor malls, virtual shopping walls, mobile devices as shopping aids
- Omnichannel fulfilment changing the supply chain – order in store and ship to home, order online and pick up at stores, ship from store to store
- RFID use is increasing in some segments
- Foreign competitors entering market
- Dependent on consumer income; heavily tied to economy
- Store closings impact distribution costs
- Seasonality can affect purchasing patterns, cash flow and labour
- Cost of lost sales when inventory is not on shelves drives need for organised delivery of store friendly orders
- Cost of meeting omnichannel demands are on the rise – handling of returns, next or same day deliveries, inventory carried in multiple places (store and direct to consumer sites)
- Theft and employee turnover