It is critically important for omni-channel and e-commerce distribution centers to ship accurately, quickly, and free of any error. It is important to maintain positive customer service and on-time delivery, as it is equally important to control your own internal shipping costs with proper sorting and labeling. Parcel and LTL carriers automatically sort and weigh your cartons, and bill you back for any discrepancy in weight or dimension. Accurately weighing and scanning your packages to ship with proper specifications is critical in any distribution center, for:
- selecting the most cost beneficial shipping method
- avoiding costly charge backs
There is a difference between basic fluid modeling cartonization software, and advanced modeling algorithm software used in determining order cartonization.
The Problem with Fluid Model Cartonization
With the typical fluid model cartonization, volumes of items are compared to total order volumes and available shipping cartons, requiring specific and customized rule sets for particular SKUs, and demand a higher level of software support. Fluid model cartonization typically requires a fill ratio that leaves 10% to 15% of open space, as setting a high fill ratio increases the likelihood of expensive exception errors and manual repacking.
Numina Group Provides Advanced Warehouse Cartonization Software
Numina Group provides warehouse cartonization software with an advanced bin modeling algorithm, which produces SKU selections that can only fit into the selected cartons. The bin modeling algorithm is superior over fluid models in that unlike the fluid models, the algorithm model will match SKUs with the right carton size while achieving 100% fill ratios.
Bin modeling algorithm software can perform cartonization over multiple available containers of various weights and item counts, optimizing the size and number of cartons to minimize total shipping costs. Bin modeling software provides significant improvements over traditional cartonization software, enabling customers to pack and ship in the most cost-effective method available.
Numina’s Scan-Weigh-Dimension software includes a “learn mode” which will capture and learn full case SKUs cube and weight, eliminating the need for manually collecting weight and dimensions.
The Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation specialist, providing Tier One Warehouse Control and Execution (WCS-WES) to Distribution Centers across North America. Our Real-Time Distribution software sets us apart from all other warehouse automation companies with flexible and scalable, high performing warehouse automation software.