4 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Goods-to-Person Solutions

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Over the past few years, the phrase “goods to person” has become mainstream.  As distribution facilities look to service customers more quickly, optimize warehouse space, and improve accuracy of order fulfillment, goods-to-person technologies have become a realistic option to accomplish these goals, leading to increased customer satisfaction, longer employee retention, and a much improved bottom line.

The manufacturing industry has also begun utilizing these technologies to streamline production and reduce factory footprint reducing manufacturing costs while producing a better product.

There are many goods-to-person options available.  Choosing the right solution can become overwhelming and daunting, even for individuals experienced in this field.  Below are 5 questions to ask and answer before selecting a goods-to-person solution.

1. What do you hope to accomplish through the use of goods-to-person technology?

Knowing what your top objectives are will steer you toward the proper solution.  For instance, a potential user looking to reduce their storage footprint by 40% would most likely use a different solution compared to a potential user looking to increase their picking rates to 350 picks per hour per picker.

2. Does the solution fit your business model?

If your business model has potential to fluctuate every few years, it would be beneficial to look at goods-to-person technologies that can easily fluctuate to stay in line with your evolving needs.  Solutions such as Autostore have the capability to expand and contract by simply adding or subtracting robots and bins.  It can also be quickly disassembled and reassembled at another location.  Other solutions may require additional robots and aisles to store and retrieve additional bins.

3. What do your order and product profiles look like?

It is always a great idea to have an experienced professional analyze the data and crunch the numbers to help guide you through the decision making process.   Every goods-to-person technology and customer’s product profile is unique. Depending on how the solution is implemented, these differences can be an advantage or hindrance.

4. What is your product and where will the product go after leaving the goods-to-person system?

A customer picking individual products and packing them into a shipping container would utilize a different technology than a customer using the solution as a storage medium to buffer and sequence product. Solutions such as Servus can deliver product to other areas of your facility, eliminating the need for conveyor, forklifts, or tugger operations.

Again, have an experienced professional analyze your operation, order profiles, and SKU distribution to ensure the goods-to-person solution you would like to implement is the best path to achieving your goals.  There are a handful of these technologies available, and taking the time to do a comparison upfront will save you a lot of headaches down the road, positioning your company for long term success.

Bastian Solutions has partnered with companies across the globe to help them become leaders in their market through the use of these technologies.  Contact us today to learn more about goods-to-person systems and how they can help improve your operations.

I have been with Bastian Solutions as the Kentucky Regional Manager since July of 2015 and have prior experience in automation across many different industries. I enjoy working with customers to develop solutions to their material handling challenges, helping them reach their goals.

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