The Bad Ergonomics of Order Fulfillment in Distribution Centers

Presenter: James Galante, director, business development, Southworth Products

Successful retail stores must have merchandise on the shelf; neatly presented, clean, fresh, priced and ready for the consumer. Imagine a large busy store selling $500,000 a day - that means $500,000 worth of merchandise has to be stocked back on those shelves every day. The logistics to make that happen are nothing short of amazing, but the toll it takes on the manual material handlers is an ongoing industry problem. And that problem is getting worse. There is some new equipment available, but the retailers are slow to adapt it. This workshop reviews the problems, discusses the pro & cons of the available interventions and the obstacles many companies face to improve the workplace.

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