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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring Issue 2015 / Vol 38 No2

14 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

14 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Robert Footlik Robert B. Footlik is a licensed professional engineer. A graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, he has worked extensively in the fields of material handling, plant layout, packaging and management systems. The firm of Footlik and Associates serves as staff warehousing and materials consultants to six trade associations. Footlik writes for 12 trade and professional journals. Footlik and Associates is located at 2521 Gross Point Road, Evanston, Illinois 60601; phone 847-328-5644. DE-OPTIMIZING THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER The textbooks are wrong! A Distribution Center (DC) should rarely be optimized for maximum efficiency and we can prove this together. A Simple Example Almost every week you or a member of your household goes to a local grocery Distribution Center. Regardless of the name on the building a grocery store is a DC and you are the order picker with a picking list to be filled. On entering this “warehouse” you have certain expectations based on previous experience but what happens if the store is “optimized?” The first change would be that all the merchandise would be stocked randomly by movement. This means that the most popular items will be near the front or check out and the less common SKU’s will be towards the back. To compensate for this your shopping list is scanned by the store and printed out according to location, along with “recommendations for additional items.” You can then shop using an ideal path for minimum travel distance. The goods are placed randomly in your cart and distractions such as impulse items that are not on the recommended list can be easily avoided. At some point you go to check out and roll the cart through a radio frequency identification portal that reads the cart contents and presents an electronic bill for your approval. Your order is then bagged randomly by a robot or store personnel…while other shoppers wait impatiently. What’s wrong with this scenario? It makes your CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLE shopping fit someone else’s context. From your perspective having all the product families and related items together provides additional choices and stimulates your memory of things omitted. Similarly walking through the entire store is good exercise and often there are opportunities (and samples) for learning about new products and promotions. Yes you are inclined to buy more and often this is good for both your health and the profitability of the DC. For many the shopping experience is actually enjoyable, otherwise they would be using an online service. RFID check out is great…if you trust the accuracy of the process. Time is saved, but it would be foolhardy at the present time to accept the total cost without reading a list of what was purchased. How often have you caught errors, misreads and items placed in your cart accidently by others? No one has any idea how much time and money would be saved or lost in this review and the subsequent corrections. Letting others bag for you is definitely going to require more effort on your part. Every bagger is taught to place heavy items on the bottom, lighter and fragile merchandise on top, etc. while minimizing the number of bags. This means that when you get home everything has to be placed on the kitchen counter, resorted and then stocked in the refrigerator and cupboards. Most people take this for granted, but bagging the purchases yourself actually saves you time and effort. Can you see the problems and opportunities? CONTINUED ON PAGE 130

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    CHICAGO HARDWARE & FIXTURE COMPANY

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    INTERNATIONAL FASTENERS INC - DAGGE

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    FASCOMP ELECTRONIC HARDWARE FASCOMP

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    E-Z LOK 240 E. Rosecrans Avenue, Ga

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    SMALLEY USA 555 Oakwood Road, Lake

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    NFDA WINTER MEETING CHARLESTON, SC

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    NFDA WINTER MEETING CHARLESTON, SC

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    SEASTROM MANUFACTURING 456 Seastrom

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