Effective Warehouse Slotting
By Paul Hansen and Kelvin Gibson
Whether operating an existing warehouse or preparing for a new distribution center, an efficient slotting plan developed from an in-depth slotting analysis is an essential element of effective distribution center and warehouse operations. Properly slotting a facility reduces expensive labor costs and dramatically improves throughput by increasing pick and replenishment efficiencies, increasing order accuracy, and reducing ergonomic risks associated with improper picking and replenishment operations. A successful slotting plan also improves the capability to meet inventory rotation requirements, such as FIFO (First In First Out) and LIFO (Last In First Out).