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Why adaptable software is crucial

Flexibility and configurability are the key pillars of Slotting.IQ. Image: Körber.

Körber’s Darren O’Connor explains to MHD why adaptable software is a must in the modern supply chain.

In supply chain management, following the crowd can be a recipe for mediocrity. A fit-for-purpose solution today may need to change in six months, while a legacy management system a business has relied on for years may not be delivering the same results.

The current logistics and supply chain landscape calls for solutions which can cope with chaos, which is why flexibility and adaptability are core tenets of modern software for growing businesses.

At the enterprise WMS level, Körber’s software can be adapted to fully support what an organisation really wants.

Working with all sizes of business, this unique position in the market means that Körber attracts a certain profile of customer – organisations that want adaptable software, rather than an out-of-the-box solution. To continue to improve its software’s flexibility, Körber has introduced a new solution to run alongside its WMS: Slotting.IQ.

KEEPING UP WITH MODERN INVENTORIES

Supply chains are becoming more and more complex, exemplified by warehouse inventories that continually vary depending on seasons, consumer preferences and product availability.

More diverse customer preferences drive continuing stock keeping unit (SKU) proliferation, heaping the pressure on organisations to improve warehouse efficiency.

High prices and low vacancy rates for industrial property have placed an onus on maximising warehouse floor space, making the targeted assignment of storage slots – placing inventory in its optimal position inside a warehouse – fundamental to a well-run distribution centre.

Large, fast turning and seasonally changing inventories have exposed the limitations of manually handling items, while traditional rule-based slotting tools are also insufficient for today’s demands.

Körber’s Slotting.IQ was developed to bridge this gap, giving warehouse managers a slotting solution that can handle large, complex, frequently changing product assortments.

Built to integrate seamlessly with Körber’s industry-leading Warehouse Management System – which was recently named a Customers’ Choice in the 2023 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WMS report – Slotting.IQ optimises inventory placements to increase order picking efficiency.

The technology harnesses an array of customer data, including item master transformation, warehouse layouts and historical pick paths.

Slotting.IQ helps organisations better utilise their space and reduce replenishment efforts. Image: Körber
Slotting.IQ helps organisations better utilise their space and reduce replenishment efforts. Image: Körber

By employing advanced data science methodologies and projected future demand, it determines the optimal storage locations for every SKU.

This strategic slotting maximises pick density, reduces travel time and accounts for product velocity, slot characteristics and customer-defined rules.

GAINING A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

The benefits of a modern slotting solution are substantial. Initial customer results have shown efficiency gains of five per cent to 30 per cent for picking and replenishment processes, translating into significant labour cost savings.

Slotting.IQ helps organisations better utilise their space and reduce replenishment efforts. It also helps improve order accuracy, workplace safety and reduce instances of item damage.

Flexibility and configurability are the key pillars of Slotting.IQ. Unlike traditional slotting tools with rigid, predefined rules, this new solution enables customers to provide extensive data inputs and define their own parameters.

The tailored approach ensures that slotting recommendations align with each organisation’s unique processes, priorities, and goals.

Slotting strategies vary depending on the business, so a solution which can adapt to minimising picking distance or reducing replenishments can be a major advantage.

By simulating and comparing the impact of different approaches, organisations can make informed, data-driven decisions while being able to adapt and add slotting of new products or product lines.

Embracing a new, higher level of adaptability in our supply chains enables businesses to respond to a wide breadth of customer demands, increasing customer satisfaction.

Körber’s recent Supply Chain Benchmarking survey demonstrated that 90 per cent of consumers are less likely to buy from a brand again after a poor online shopping experience, showing second chances are hard to come by.

To thrive in today’s business landscape, solutions like Slotting.IQ are helping forward-thinking companies rise to the challenge.

While tech-enabled supply chains are becoming the norm, we still need to think creatively to solve unique problems. No business is the same, nor is any one supply chain, so the technology behind them needs to reflect this individuality

Darren O’Connor, Director of Solution Delivery at Körber Supply Chain

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