Maini : Warehousing & inventory logistics the backbone of e-retail ecosystem

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Maini : Warehousing & inventory logistics the backbone of e-retail ecosystem

  1. 1. Warehousing solutions for Retail & e-Commerce industry
  2. 2. Food for thought e-Retail firms are compelled to put a serious thought about warehousing and inventory logistics as this is one of the key areas that will help you to economically deliver products into the hands of online shoppers. Companies who have realized and worked on this have become run away leaders in online sales by sheer efficiency of their warehouses and supply chain that speed orders with ruthless efficiency.
  3. 3. Operation flow in e-retail environment Replenishment Case Picking Reserve Storage and Pallet Picking Replenishment Broken Case Picking Accumulation, Sortation & Packing Direct Put away to reserve Direct Put away to primary Receiving Shipping Cross-docking
  4. 4. Key problems that efficient warehouses can solve • Storage capacity • Effective utilization of available storage space • Inventory management at warehouses & high demand SKUs • Stock damages • Stock identification • Managing perishables – FIFO
  5. 5. Key problems that efficient warehouses can solve • Demand for an increased throughput • Progressive reduction in order sizes • Reduced lead times • Managing higher number of part numbers & higher level of order customization • Pilferage
  6. 6. Problem: Storage capacity Solution • Flexible & scalable warehouse infrastructure  Scope of addition of new products/ SKUs  Scope to use the existing infrastructure for different products/ SKUs Representative image of an e-retail warehouse
  7. 7. Problem: Effective utilization of available storage capacity Solution • • • • Strategic division of available storage capacity into reserve area and order picking area Use of high density racking (high rise) in reserve area Use of next gen forklifts, reach trucks and VNAs to service reserve area Deploying efficient MHE in order picking area
  8. 8. Problem: Effective utilization of available storage capacity Optimized reserve storage area
  9. 9. Problem: Effective utilization of available storage capacity Order pickers Optimized order picking area
  10. 10. Problem: Inventory management at warehouses & high demand SKUs Solution • • Standard pallet racking with an underpass to increase storage and reduce travel time of equipment Gravity flow racks
  11. 11. Problem: Inventory management at warehouses & high demand SKUs Gravity flow Compact rack Stacker cranes
  12. 12. Problem: Enabling quicker stock identification Solution • • • Forklifts with the flexibility to integrate RFID/ barcode scanners Storage systems integrated with stock identification features like put to light, bar code scanners, etc. RFID reader gates between reserve (High density storage) area & order picking bay
  13. 13. Problem: Enabling quicker stock identification RFID scanners RFID reader gate Tracking incoming goods into reserve warehouse right from the source Pick to light
  14. 14. Problem: Demand for an increased throughput Solution • • Drive in pallet racking increases storage capacity & reduces travel time Very high bay warehousing further leverages property footprint potential VNAs High rise warehouses Drive in pallet racking
  15. 15. Problem: Pilferage & stock damages Solution • Vertical automated systems solves problems like stock pilferage & damages which is rampant in the industry
  16. 16. Conclusion • Operational effectiveness of e-retail warehouses depends on optimizing the available storage space and its division between order picking & reserve storage space • This enables high utilization of storage space while simultaneously fulfilling orders quickly & reliably with least amount of effort
  17. 17. Thank you

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