"In today’s world of increasing customer expectations and delivery requirements, a distribution center’s overall velocity can impact how well they survive in their local markets."
In "Receiving Best Practices" written by Kevin Ledversis, Newcastle Systems, Inc. and Derek Browning, LeanCor, the authors discuss the key principles to decreasing bottlenecks and increasing velocity in the DC.
The need to increase efficiency (or velocity) in distribution centers is due in large part to the growing expectation that order-to-shipment time is now measured in hours not days.
"Process improvements should be targeted at minimizing the wastes of the warehouse, namely excess motion and transportation that occurs when work-stations are not where they should be or materials are not stored or received as they should be."
With labor being one of the highest expenses in a warehouse operation, streamlining human processes is key to velocity. One way to do that is by using mobile powered carts which allow the work station to be brought to the point-of-need.
"By minimizing unnecessary “touches” and the number of steps that workers have to take on the warehouse floor, shippers can essentially double workforce productivity while also eliminating costly waste. It’s really simple math."