Carton Flow is a material handling solution that addresses the two major cost drivers in today’s distribution and manufacturing facilities – labor and space costs.
Order Picking and Space Utilization
Order picking accounts for 40-60% of an operations total labor cost. Most facilities use pallet racking or shelving as their storage medium. These storage mediums are static – product remains in its stored position. Once the product in front is picked, additional picks require reaching, bending, and pulling. This adds time to the pick process and puts additional strain and stress on employees. Additionally for less than full pallet and shelving static storage positions product must be restocked from the front (picking aisle) creating a LIFO pick rotation. The combination of difficult restocking and picking hard to access products results in poor space utilization.