Tech Talk Fulfillment & Operations
Compiled by Donna Loyle
Increase DC Capacity
A recirculating row pusher is one of several new options available on the A-780 case palletizer from FKI Logistex. This feature improves case flow and allows higher palletizing capacities with rates up to 45 case-feet per minute. Another new feature, a high-speed hoist, enables increased capacity and noise reduction, note FKI Logistex officials. And the new system is RFID-enabled, which allows distribution center personnel to track inventory more easily. For more, visit: www.fkilogistex.com.
Create Cushioning Material
Your packers can create air pillows at a rate of 20 feet per minute with the new AIRPlus Mini from Storopack. The portable machine, which uses ambient air to produce the product-cushioning pillows, fits in less than 2 square feet of space, uses a standard wall outlet and weighs less than
20 pounds. For more, visit: www.storopackinc.com.
Complete USPS Forms More Quickly
Shippers and mailers can access and complete various U.S. Postal Service (USPS) forms at the new, free online portal provided by Window Book. The USPS Applications Form Filler offers step-by-step instructions for completing necessary shipping forms, and retains your core data among forms and pages, eliminating the need to rekey information. For more, visit: www.windowbook.com.
Identify Address Types
Identify addresses as either residential or business prior to shipping parcels to them. Melissa Data's newly launched Residential & Business Delivery Indicator (RBDI) flags the address, which enables you to better designate carrier rates, avoid unnecessary surcharges and shop for better delivery rates, Melissa Data officials note. E-commerce merchants can build the function into their Web sites to provide rate-shopping services to their online customers. RBDI is available as an add-on to Melissa Data's Data Quality Web Service and Address Object address verification solutions. For more, visit: www.melissadata.com.