Is Your Warehouse Overwhelmed with the Influx of "Cats & Dogs"?!


Walk into any convenience store and you will come face-to-face with a cooler packed with rows of products that you may have never seen before. America’s thirst for variety has translated into a multi-billion dollar business in the fastest growing craft beer, energy drink and flavored water categories. While retailers struggle to clear shelf space to house this ever growing population of beverage products, the impact of such SKU proliferation is most profoundly felt on the warehouse floors. 

The long list of “cats and dogs” SKUs, while account for a relatively small daily volume, pose special operational challenges. These challenges are typically manageable as long as the population of the slow moving SKUs is relatively small. As this population grows, however, the challenges and costs associated with handling of such products increase in an exponential manner.

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