Higher, faster, further – the requirements for competitive logistics in e‑commerce are changing massively, especially for shoes.
Until now, there was no flexible and economical automation solution for the order picking of shoes in logistics. Conventional goods-to-man solutions require enormous planning effort and a high investment volume. They are rigid, take up a lot of space and are difficult to scale.
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High return rates and small lot sizes in online trading require a large number of employees in the warehouse. High demands, such as non-ergonomic working and flexible working time models, as well as demographic change, make it difficult to find the right people.
In today’s online trade, customers expect the widest possible selection of products. The resulting range of articles increases the complexity in the warehouse: the result is longer distances and higher search effort.
The Monday peak in online trading and traditional seasonal peaks present logistics with major challenges. In addition there are marketing-driven, increasingly extreme action days such as “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, which are a stress test for logistics and personnel planning.