Modern Materials Handling October 2012

Retail: Inside the multi-channel DC
Four approaches to multi-channel distribution show how the same tried and trusted technology can enable efficient store replenishment while keeping e-commerce customers happy.

Art Eldred, client executive of system sales at Vargo Solutions,says the multi-channel challenge is not about simply fulfilling an order, but assembling that order. Order assembly used to happen at the store, says Eldred, and commonly bundled SKUs could be sent to that store independently. In pushing that function back to the DC, order selection processes that once proved very effective for store order fulfillment can quickly break down.”

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