Standish, MI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/02/2014 -- Within the retail industry, it is impossible to look at the quality of material handling processes without looking at delivery to retail outlets. Nearly three-fourths of the total costs of direct store delivery (DSD) rest with warehouse, order assembly, and delivery to retail customers. The remaining 30 percent of costs come from demand and supply planning, manufacturing, order generation, dispatch planning, and transportation.
When looking at the total system involved in DSD, one must consider three key elements: the health and safety of workers, product damage and quality of service, and the most cost-effective way to deliver products.
Health and safety
Workers who have fewer injuries stay on the job longer, remain productive, and benefit everyone. Even the types of injuries sustained can be significantly minimized using best-practice solutions.
Quality of service
Product quality is improved whenever product touches are eliminated, resulting in less risk of product breakage or damage. An improvement in service quality can be measured by a reduction in returns, the agility to deliver multiple store formats, and by servicing customers more effectively.
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