Automated Outbound Shipping Area
Fluctuating demand and reversing the flow
The outbound shipping area shares infrastructure and space with the receiving area. In both cases the main challenge is daily fluctuations in peak hours, demand and type of goods.
The flow is designed to be one way in the morning and then reversed in the afternoon. By reversing the flow in the afternoon the goods can be safely and efficiently transported back to the loading docks.
As with any highly trafficked area of a distribution center there are many safety concerns to consider. Such as space often being limited and with many people working close to each other. Not to mention the number of big trucks and forklifts in rotation. In other words, it can be difficult to strike the right balance between safety and efficiency when designing your outbound shipping area. By building a fully automated solution the drivers can safely unload directly onto the conveyor belt in the morning and then the same belt will safely transport goods back to new waiting trucks in the afternoon.