If holiday shopping wore you out in the past few weeks, just be grateful you aren’t a retailer. And if you are a retailer, you have our sympathies.
Inventory management in an on-demand world isn’t easy today, and it doesn’t seem poised to get much easier anytime soon. In fact, real tension exists between the brick-and-mortar side of the house and the e-commerce side.
Universally, access to inventory on the DC floor is critical. And it’s been made much more difficult with the surge in SKUs lately. Not only have storage and fulfillment systems grown in size, but now there must be easy access to every single SKU all the time, says Mike Clemens, principal consulting engineer with Bastian Solutions.
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