Storage bin allocation occupies a central position in logistics: The assigned storage locations and the accessibility of the stored products influence the storage and retrieval times and thus quite significantly the performance of the entire warehouse. This is particularly evident in the case of fast-moving items, which are used more frequently than other items. For this reason, they should be stored so that they can be reached quickly. On the other hand, items that are only needed moderately often or rarely should be stored in downstream zones.
With Smart Slotting, IGZ has developed a technology that once again significantly optimizes the storage strategy: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the experience from all IGZ projects in the form of history data are used to dynamically determine the ideal storage location for each putaway. The AI always uses the current data to optimally divide the warehouse and dynamically determines the best zone for each putaway. Smart Slotting can be used in both automated warehouses and manual warehouses. There is particularly great potential in the case of seasonal fluctuations or frequent changes in the product range.
The only prerequisite for using Smart Slotting is that the warehouse is controlled by SAP EWM.