Warehousing

Discrete Picking 

An operator picks one order, one product at a time. Typically used when order size, distance traveled, and number of total SKUs is small.

Distribution

The broad range of activities concerned with efficient movements of finished products from the end of the production line or receiving dock, to the consumer; in some cases it may include the movement of raw materials from the source of the supply to the beginning of the production line. These activities include transportation, warehousing, material handling, protective packaging, inventory control, order processing, market and sales forecasting, customer service and attendant management information systems.

Distribution Center

Intermediate warehouse(s) where products from different sources are assembled for shipment and distribution to specific customer locations.

Dock

A platform designed to align the floor of a building with the bed of a truck trailer.

Dock Leveler

Device that acts as a bridge between a truck or trailer and the loading ramp. Used for loading vans not flatbeds.

Dock-To-Stock Time 

The elapsed time measured for an inbound item from trailer docking to product put away.

Dunnage

Package filling material. The wood, paper and cardboard wrapping that it takes to secure the items with banding and help protect them (i.e. loose fill packing peanuts, paper, bubble wrap, foam, and air pillows).

Dwell Time

The time equipment spends at a bin front or storage slot waiting for a material handling transaction.

Eaches

In most cases eaches implies you are using the smallest possible unit of measure (the individual pieces).

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange

The direct communication of data between the computers of two companies or institutions.

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange

The paperless exchange of data including purchase orders and payment information between customer and vendor.

End-Of-Aisle Picking System

High-density mechanized binnable parts systems, such as mini load or carousel units, provides dense storage and maximized use of available storage height. These systems are particularly useful when high transaction rates and large inventory levels result in unacceptably high travel times for man-to-part order picking methods. By delivering the part to the order picker, operator travel time is eliminated. These systems are also effective in situations requiring additional packaging, checking, or processing otherwise impractical on an order-picking industrial truck.

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