New slotting tool adds intelligence to warehouse management

By: Jason Whittaker


Sterling Commerce says a new slotting engine for its warehouse management tool is designed to automate and optimise inventory slotting

Sterling Commerce says a new slotting engine for its warehouse management tool is designed to automate and optimise inventory slotting activities.

The new engine identifies the most efficient placement for items in the warehouse, enabling companies to more intelligently manage both personnel and physical resources in the warehouse.

Sterling says its WMS gives managers robust planning, execution and measurement tools, and brings operational discipline to complex warehouse operations.

Michael Vulcan, ANZ Managing Director of Sterling Commerce, says the addition of the slotting engine adds another planning and execution tool that will enable companies to increase revenue growth through improvements in order fulfillment volumes without adding staff or space and respond to changes in product volumes and seasonality to maximise product placement and picking productivity.

"Companies are facing increasing complexity, especially in high volume fulfillment operations," he says. "Sterling Commerce, with its heritage in solving complex business process challenges, is uniquely suited to help companies overcome these challenges.

"The addition of a slotting engine in Sterling WMS brings intelligence to a process that can dramatically influence the operational efficiency of the entire warehousing system."

Vulcan says travel time can often account for up to 60 percent of a picker’s daily activity. A good slotting strategy can reduce travel time and improve the efficiency of picking-related labor, he says.

Specifically, the slotting engine will help companies establish goals and constraints that determine the optimal slotting strategy, and then perform 'what-if' re-slotting scenarios based on those goals and constraints.

The slotting engine comes through a partnership with Optricity, a leader in slotting solutions that offers mathematically advanced, optimisation engines to enhance return on supply chain investment.

Capitalising on leading web technologies, deep domain expertise, improved computing algorithms and analysis techniques, Optricity’s tools integrate with current supply chain planning and execution systems.

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