Light-directed retail store order replenishment.
Not all put-to-light applications are the same. Retail distribution operations require a highly sophisticated put-to-light solution specifically engineered for distribution centers (DCs) servicing retail stores. Also called put-to-store, put-to-light is ideal for retail store replenishment. It also optimizes cross-docking operations where a percentage of full case quantities are broken down to store level cartons.
Sometimes put-to-light for retail is referred to as pack-to-light, because this light-directed process begins when a case of product arrives to the break pack area. In this process, an operator scans the case to illuminate the put-to-light modules, directing sortation of product to the right store carton and in the right unit quantities required by that retail location. The product is then ‘put’ or ‘packed’ to the store carton. When finished with that carton, the operator presses the light module LED to confirm sort completion.
Put-to-light is a valuable tool in cross-docking operations where some percentage of the cases are broken down into smaller quantities for stores. A successful put-to-light system effectively manages flow-through sortation processes throughout multiple DCs in larger supply chain networks.
- E-commerce order fulfillment
- Retail store order replenishment
- Apparel & accessories
- Music, book & media publishing/distribution
- Cosmetics & beauty products
- Vitamins & nutraceuticals
Tuesday Morning specializes in discounted, closeout upscale home accessories and gifts. Tuesday installed a new material handling system from Worldsource and a pack-to-light from Lightning Pick to manage a growing number of stock keeping units (SKUs), a 15% increase in store locations and to turnover their close-out SKUs with greater speed.
Charlotte Russe utilizes Lightning Pick’s LP Pack solution to better manage rising order volumes from rapid store growth. The pack-to-light process is simple and effective. Manhattan’s warehouse management system (WMS) directs conveyance of full cases of inventory to the correct pack area. Upon their arrival, operators use the fully integrated Lightning Pick system to break the cases down to less-than-case-quantities for individual retail stores.
The LP Pack solution enabled closeout retailer Tuesday Morning to process over 100,000 different SKUs annually with better than 99.9% accuracy. Our pack-to-light product optimizes break pack, flow-through distribution centers by pushing merchandise quickly out to store customers
Sometimes called a put-to-light or put-to-store system, Lightning Pick’s pack-to-light was ideal for Charlotte Russe’s flow-through retail store replenishment approach. Watch step-by-step as a case of product arrives to the break pack area.