When a leading online retailer of women’s intimate apparel built a new, greenfield fulfillment center, the goal was to combine multiple product lines into one facility. The distribution center (DC) handles branded cosmetics, perfumes, personal care items, home décor, footwear, outerwear and women’s clothing.
To handle all those stock keeping units (SKUs) while integrating and optimizing the flow of orders throughout a full range of material handling equipment—primarily sorters—from a variety of suppliers, the company chose to implement Pyramid’s Director Warehouse Execution System (WES). By optimizing all DC processes and controls, front-to-back, Director WES achieves management’s goals for throughput, accuracy, efficiency, complete visibility and precise inventory control.
Director WES seamlessly integrates with the operation’s Manhattan Associates warehouse management system (WMS), routing, processing and/or storing inventory at 59 different control scan points to report on inventory location and status throughout the process.
Because of the high volumes of orders handled by the facility, wave and order buffering was critical to this application. Pyramid implemented advanced management features within the WES, including: dynamic buffering line allocation; backfilling multiple waves per line simultaneously; “leap-frogging” of scheduled wave sequence in release to the packing sorter; and the option to engage either manual or fully automatic “lights-out” buffer control.
For monitoring, Director WES includes a variety of comprehensive, dashboard-based views into the status of every handling process within the facility, including packing, buffering, waves and order status.
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