This guide reviews popular approaches to reducing travel (slotting, process engineering, robotics, etc.) in distribution center operations. Secondly, the paper discusses how AI-based optimization is providing distributors with double and triple-digit productivity gains at a fraction of the cost of robotic or automation systems.
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Table of Contents
DC Labor Shortages And The Productivity Challenge
Travel is the Lynchpin
Tried and True Travel Reduction Strategies
“Robotic” Picking Systems
Autonomous Mobile Robots
Autonomous Picking Carts
Autonomous Lift Trucks
The Advantages of AMRs
A Software Approach To Reducing Travel: AI-Based Optimization
Using AI-Based Optimization With Robots
Eliminating Travel Without Automation