A shipment arrives at the warehouse dock and needs to be stocked. The processes used between dock and stock are important and can make a real difference in warehouse efficiency. The better a business can become at efficiency and accuracy, the more profitable and successful it will be product kitting, might be the answer you’re looking for. .
What is Dock-to-Stock?
One of the most essential metrics is the “Dock-to-Stock” measurement. It helps to streamline the receiving process to get all items where they need to be as quickly and efficiently as possible. This allows warehouse receiving to move incoming materials quickly for faster cycle times to complete a finished product.
There are many variables that can affect operations. One major issue is that businesses tend not to focus their time and efforts on streamlining their processes.
The Benefits of Kitting
- Streamline Distribution
Kitting allows for an easier distribution of products as the items have been kitted in advance.
- Faster Assembly
When kitting is done in bulk, it becomes more of a linear operation, allowing for more items to be kitted in a more efficient manner. Likewise, the employee will not have to search for inventory as the products will be combined under one SKU.
- Fewer Shipping Mistakes
Shipping items in a kit form reduces the chances of error with order fulfillment. Likewise, it allows for pre-printed shipping labels which eliminates time to weigh products and any potential waste.
- Better Packaging
Combining multiple products into one kit saves on shipping costs with more efficient and cost-effective packaging.
All of these benefits of kitting can be translated into cost savings and overall more efficient for the dock-to-stock cycle time. Kitting allows for a “grab and go” process that is much quicker than individually searching for parts.
Using pre-assembled kits allows for projects to be fulfilled. Combining products allows us to better organize inventory and optimize warehouse space. Kitting makes it simpler to locate what is needed for an order, boosting the efficiency and productivity of the processes. Kitting products allows for a much faster fulfillment process, which ultimately reduces shipping delays that could happen if the items were packaged individually. Time can be translated to money. It is important to get the greatest amount of products fulfilled for the least amount of time and money.
Peoria Production Shop uses lean kitting processes to ensure our customers are receiving the most value. Kitting helps to speed up fulfillment processes for lower costs and less time. Contact us to learn more about how we reduce our dock-to-stock cycle time.