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Outsourcing pick/packing to a 3PL   Before you consider outsourcing your warehouse pick and packing to another company you first need to determine what you are hoping to achieve. In general, there are a few reasons why you may want another company to do your warehousing activities: Cost- to save money if you have determined their cost per pick is lower then what you currently pay in warehouse space and wages. Time- free up existing resources to spend more time on value add activities such as strategy and talking to customers Quality- improve order picking accuracy and reduce stock damages...

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What is Kitting or Bundling and how do I manage the Inventory? Kitting or Bundling is the warehouse management term for grouping of more than one item together into a saleable unit. A fitting example is, you may sell a shower head and a shower arm together. The head and arm are 2 separate products in your system and the customer can order then separately, or they can order them together as a kit.   When would you use it? Selling the 2 SKUs as a ‘kit’ makes it easier for the customer to find the item and decide to buy it as they don’t have to go...

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Undertaking Warehouse Slotting in an eCommerce focused warehouse. Determining the locations of your SKUs in your warehouse (known as slotting) used to be an easy concept. In the new world of warehousing focusing exclusively to a large degree on eCommerce sales, this is no longer so simple. eCommerce sales in the US grew to over $348.9 billion last year and it is not expected to slow down. As a result, today’s method of slotting your warehouse needs to grow and adapt as well.   The old method Slotting had the potential to become complex depending on your SKU type, although...

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