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Distribution and order fulfillment operations are under a significant amount of pressure in many companies to reduce costs and improve customer service. That’s a given.

Sortation Systems – integrated material handling systems that provide automation of  order picking, order consolidation and often truck loading processes – have seen a strong upsurge in recent demand, as the “need for speed” and a variety of distribution labor issues have made the investment in sortation attractive for many companies

On this page, we provide a variety of resources to help you understand and successfully implement a Sortation Systems in your distribution environment.

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Sortation Systems in Distribution Resources and Information

Here you will find a variety of free resources available to subscribers of Supply Chain Digest or The Supply Chain Digest Letter.

Downloadable version of the SCDigest Letter on Sortation Systems

Sortation Case Studies

Sortation White Papers

Some of the "best of Supply Chain Digest" - articles and columns on Sortation and Material Handling Automation technolgies

Featured columns from other experts on this topic
Brochures from Sortation and Warehouse Control System (WCS) Solution Providers
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Featured Articles on Sortation and Material Handling Systems from SCDigest:

Is Automation a Natural Complement to Lean Strategies?

 
Documenting Project Events Key to Resolving Later Disputes, Saving Money  

The Two Paths for DC Automation

 

Readers Respond - Two Paths for DC Automation?

 

Reader Question: When Does Carton Sortation in Distribution Make Sense?

 

How to Choose a Material Handling Control System

 

Will We See "Lights Out" Warehousing?

 

Distribution Management: Ingram Books Smooths the Waves

 
CVS's Supply Chain Performance and New DC Impress  

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Expert Insight - Cliff Holste's Sorting it Out Blog

Cliff Holste is SCDigest Material Handling Systems Editor

White Paper: Keys to Flow Through Distribution Success

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers talk a lot about Flow Through but few practice it. Flow Through (also known as Crossdocking) involves flowing goods directly from receiving to shipping without the labor wasting steps of putting the goods away and later picking them. SAKS Inc. is one company that has mastered this advanced logistics process.


Featured Sortation Information and Resources
 
 

ARC Advisory Group Brief: New Era of Conveyors

A new generation of conveyors has arrived. These conveyors handle greater dimensional and weight diversity, maintain a user-selectable spacing (which has numerous advantages), and are more flexible.


Invar Sortation Control Systems Overview


Invar Warehouse Control Systems Overview

 
 
Featured Sortation and Warehouse Control System (WCS) Solutions


Automated Logistics Solutions for
the Factory, Warehouse
and Distribution Center

With technologies that range from simple pivot arms, to linear shoe sorters and circular cross-belt sorters, our focus for all products is to add maximum value to our customers’ operation and to ensure they achieve their performance and financial business goals.

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The Low Risk Approach to Warehouse
and Automation Software

IWS is a complete integrated Warehouse Control and Warehouse Management System (WMS and WCS) that is fully configurable to suit a very wide range of user requirements.

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Sortation Systems for Distribution Thought Leadership
 

Sortation System Upgrades

Often, the Upgrade Path Can Be The Least Disruptive and Most Economical Choice to Increase Material Handling System Throughput

by

Ken Matson
President
Invar Systems

Read the full article here


Conserve Power, Be Green and Save Money with Material Handling Automation

With Power, Less Can Mean More…More Environmental, More Money

by

Ken Ruehrdanz
Business Development Manager
Dematic

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A Sortation Systems Dictionary

Half the battle for companies and individuals new to sortation systems is getting comfortable with all the terminology used by vendors and consultants.

Click here to view our Sortation
Systems Dictionary


Sortation System Case
Study - Patagonia

Apparel and sports manufacturer Patagonia’s newly-expanded distribution center in Reno, Nevada, which has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, took an environmentally-green step forward by integrating Dematic’s new C-L 100 Series modular conveyors, increasing man-hour efficiency by 20 percent and reducing power consumption up to 30 percent over traditional roller conveyors.

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