Optimizing Your Logistics Warehouse with Dynamic Loading Dock Solutions
E-Commerce and omnichannel distribution create huge bottlenecks on the logistics side of the supply chain. Store replenishment that was typically picked once per week, in batches, must now be picked and processed individually for quick ship distribution. While this creates problems for order pickers, it also creates a huge number of parcels that need to be delivered.
To achieve the efficiency improvements to compete in today’s competitive eCommerce omnichannel environment, implementing logistics and loading dock solutions that focus on space utilization and distribution efficiency are key.
Loading Dock Solutions
Distribution Efficiency: Loading and Unloading Trucks Quickly to Improve Throughput
Loading and unloading trucks is extremely labor-intensive, especially in facilities without dock doors. Without a dock door, parcels need to be lifted into or lowered from a trailer at approximately a 48-inch height. The height difference can cause inefficiencies in the distribution process costing logistics companies time and money.
In addition, workplace injuries are more likely to affect these parcel handlers as this task is not optimized for workplace ergonomics.
Enhancing Space Utilization and Logistics Organization on the Loading Dock
With the increased quantities of parcels headed out the door, a lot of time is spent staging boxes at the dock doors where they’ll be picked up. In addition, unloading trucks creates a logistical nightmare when dockside storage is disorganized. When trucks are loaded with no rhyme or reason, there is an additional negative impact when the same trucks are unloaded.
To optimize distribution efficiency, it is crucial to enhance the existing space utilization of the loading dock prep and receiving area to ensure that trucks are dock employees can load/unload and storage parcels in a logical way.