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Order fulfillment is critical to customer satisfaction
Efficient order picking systems are the foundation of customer satisfaction.
Picking systems have more impact on customers than virtually any other part of
your operation. We help clients create order fulfillment systems that:
- Increase picking accuracy: This is critical for
reducing returns and customer dissatisfaction.
- Increase order quality: This means you can spend less
time and energy on damaged products, bad shipments or quality control.
- Amp up throughput without adding costs: Your capacity
shouldn't be strained by seasonal spikes or sudden growth; it should be able
to adjust to those circumstances.
- Reduce operational costs: If you can create more
efficiency at lower cost, your order picking system will become a profit
center with the ability to drive growth - not just adapt to it.
- Scale for future needs: Your system should be able to
adapt to new product lines, SKU changes, and demand.
- Help you deal with labor fluctuations:
distribution centers tends to be in flux. Good order fulfillment systems
help reduce the problems related to that.
Order fulfillment is part of every operation - manufacturing, distribution
A common misconception about order fulfillment is that it only consists of catalog or commerce operations that pump carton quantity orders to consumers - the kind you might see at an Amazon.com, retail distribution, a 3PL, or other distribution center.
And while we assist many ecommerce and direct-to-consumer order picking
operations, we have also helped manufacturing, retail fulfillment and other
types of operations increase order efficiency.
Almost every operation fulfills orders, whether a manufacturing operation that sends finished materials to other plants (or parts of the same plant), or a small scale warehouse.
Sometimes these order fulfillment systems are serving an in-house assembly
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The order packer's work is the face of your company, and packing needs to be given special attention in a customer-focused order fulfillment operation. The order packer is the last line of defense for preventing incorrect or damaged shipments.
Order transportation and staging are two areas where you can increase your packing efficiency dramatically: Study the flow carefully. The objective: pick & pack an order while minimizing the amount of worker time, space, motion, and materials consumed.
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