201 – Evaluating DC Efficiencies


September 19, 2017 9:00 am - 9:50 am

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DC Efficiencies

When evaluating the efficiency of a distribution center, often the focus is on technology. Many carriers and shippers are automating distribution centers, implementing systems or streamlining flow to make fulfillment more efficient. Whether you’re just getting started or ramping up capacity, evaluating fulfillment at a DC is complex. This session will provide insight into analysis, trends and highlights of case studies that show the impact of fulfillment on supply chain spend. Included in the session is a review of fulfillment options as marketplaces gain popularity and Fulfillment by Amazon capacity grows versus maintaining responsibility in-house. At the same time, this session will reveal the greater shipping cost savings one can achieve through strategic evaluation of 3PLs versus managing fulfillment directly. This session will also review the importance of evaluating new DC locations for efficient distribution optimization citing specific examples.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Provide a comprehensive evaluation of fulfillment solutions including in-house management, marketplaces and fulfillment by Amazon
  • Learn how to determine if a 3PL is right for your business
  • Understand the importance of facility locations to achieve an optimized supply chain
John Haber
Jay Kent