HOW ARE ECOMMERCE ORDER VOLUMES AND PROFILES CHANGING YOUR WAREHOUSE PROCESSES?
Posted by Sophie Pagalday on Nov 19
Due to the growth of ecommerce, warehouse processes and solutions need to change to adapt to increasingly diverse order profiles and order volumes
Distribution centers are confronted with the challenge of adapting to a world dominated by eCommerce . From juggling direct-to-consumer shipping and case fulfillment for retail replenishment to updating order picking protocols and fulfilling multiple SKU orders, it can be challenging to keep up with all of the operational and infrastructural demands introduced by eCommerce. How can you ensure your warehouse processes and order management are ready for the strains introduced to your supply chain from multiple order profiles and variability to order volume?
For businesses to thrive in the world of ecommerce, warehouses need to reflect this shift in complexity for orders. There are many technology-based solutions for omnichannel fulfillment. As you search for the best one to meet your needs, keep in mind that the most effective systems will have the ability to adapt to whatever profile or process best suits your business not just today, but for many years down the line.
Your technology isn’t the only factor to consider. Warehouse floor plan redesigns, clustered orders for transport to packing stations, and better labor management are a few examples of how new warehouse design can improve the overall performance of your supply chain. We’ve seen many businesses adopting a continuous process improvement (CPI) philosophy evolve their operations along with the changing landscape of their industry and supply chain needs.
For more information, take a look at our video series on the challenges of omnichannel and eCommerce.