Decreased time of packaging at warehouse by 10% through predictive analytics and optimal replenishments

Warehouse Optimization

WAREHOUSE OPTIMIZATION - PICK, SORT, SHELF

Logistics planning


A common dilemma faced by many fast growing suppliers / e-commerce giants is to do with their warehouse management.


Management plans a certain layout as per certain assumptions. In the happy scenario, business booms and the warehouse operations grow rapidly.


Due to operational requirements, the existing business processes, picking process, warehouse layout get stuck, sometimes to the extent of hampering growth.


Unaware of the inefficiencies, management may look at investing in additional warehouses, without realizing that optimizing existing warehouse could prevent that huge investment!



ORMAE and its consultants have deep insights into this domain. They can assess the optimality of your current operations, whether it is hampering or fulfilling business needs and develop a solution to maximize utilization of the existing warehouse network

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PALLET OPTIMIZATION


Logistics planning

Many industries end up spending a significant amount of cost in transportation due to inefficient utilization of available space which leads to the use of more than required trucks. A lot of money can be saved by efficiently utilizing the cargo space. Algorithmic pallet packing approach allows one to know pallet requirement in real time as orders are

received and make delivery promise.



Business Problem:


Optimal assignment of order items (in containers) on the pallets which are placed in the truck minimizing number of pallets following stacking constraints.  


Challenges:

Incorporates different types of containers on the same pallet (heavy containers, medium weight containers, light containers)


Incorporates restrictions such as – a pallet should only have containers that are for a given specific order (orders typically come from retailers, warehouses, food services, distribution services)



Solution and Business Impact:

A mathematical algorithm was designed to assign heavy containers on the bottom of the pallet, medium weight containers on top of them, and the light containers on top of the medium weight containers. Algorithm was also able to ensure that the bottom of the pallet is tightly packaged with containers, to maintain balance (if there are containers that are to be placed on top of them)


This customized solution was used for the purpose of packing pallet. Pallet saving along with decrease of planner cost led to savings Millions of dollars per year.

Expertise Solutions


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Image title Minimize picking times and optimal shelfing for fast moving items





Optimizing Operations


Incorporates different types of containers on the same pallet (heavy containers, medium weight containers, light containers)


Incorporates restrictions such as – a pallet should only have containers that are for a given specific order (orders typically come from retailers, warehouses, food services, distribution services)