FORTE, a Mason-based design-build firm in the distribution sector of the supply chain, was recently named to the 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for helping a national fashion retailer increase productivity and efficiency, improve accuracy and better utilize space by automating the manual processes in its distribution center to accommodate extremely rapid growth.
Each year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) magazine evaluates and selects “100 Great Supply Chain Projects” for inclusion. In 2012, the magazine focused its selection criteria on supply chain transformation projects having a significant impact on a company going through the implementations.
Based on planned store openings of this fast-growing fashion retailer and same-store sales growth projections through 2019, FORTE recommended the automation and expansion of the distribution center to eventually accommodate up to 1,300 stores.
FORTE implemented a state-of-the-art, put-to-light system, which is controlled by FORTE’s Smart Warehouse Suite™ warehouse control system (WCS) software. The Smart Warehouse Suite’s Automation Director® receives the store requirements from the warehouse management system (WMS) and dynamically routes the cases to the appropriate put lanes. Additionally, Automation Director re-routes residual products from cases that aren’t fully depleted in one lane into other put lanes. Automation Director also includes a unique algorithm that automatically assigns excess units to the highest volume stores.
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