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The Challenge of Incorporating a Business Within a Business


Providing e-Commerce Fulfillment Within a Traditional DC Operation

 
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While traditional DCs are designed to handle medium to large order volumes, the Internet consumer typically orders one to two SKUs in small quantities. The frequency of these smaller orders can potentially be astronomical. Therefore, to avoid operational ciaos, shippers who are pursuing e-Commerce business must proactively adapt their operations to efficiently and productively satisfy this market segment.

The three main fulfillment areas impacted by internet orders include order picking, packaging, and returns. If the original operating plans did not include e-Commerce, the order fulfillment system may lack the required functionality to successfully support a high frequency of small orders. If that’s the case, there are a few operational changes that should be considered, such as:

 
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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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