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How to Handle Slow Movers


Moving fast inventory to generate quick profits is a good supply chain practice, but with 80 percent of inventory typically tied up with slow-moving items, wouldn’t it make more sense to try to move this inventory faster? Businesses can maximize their revenue generation by better managing slow movers. In this highly competitive world, more and more companies are increasing their efforts to find operating efficiencies, lower costs, and increase revenues. One way to do this is to manage inventory better.

Maximize Profit From Slow-Moving Items

Companies can have hundreds or thousands of SKUs sitting in the warehouse, valued in the thousands to millions of dollars, just sitting on a shelf until needed. Retailers can sell these slow-moving items, put them into a discount warehouse environment, and/or donate them to charities.

However, some slow-moving items can be highly profitable, and you want to capture as much revenue from them as possible; understanding how to slot and store them can help streamline their movements. Proper warehouse slotting delivers much-needed space and locates the fastest-moving items closer to more accessible locations, minimizing travel distance and maximizing overall throughput and productivity.

Slow-moving items must be slotted into a side aisle so they don’t take up valuable shelf space near the forward-picking areas reserved for fast movers. UNEX's innovative storage solutions integrate slow movers into the pick line to reduce travel time for order pickers. They also save space by matching the size of the shelf to throughput requirements. For example, UNEX Roller Rack systems are gravity flow racks that optimize efficiency, safety, and FIFO rotation on the pick line.

Learn More: Improve Your Storage With FIFO

Inventory optimization tools have been gaining ground as companies seek to evaluate their entire network and determine the best inventory policies for each product at each node in their supply chain. These are typically stand-alone software tools that use data from WMS and ERP systems. 

High-density storage can improve efficiencies of slow (and fast) moving items by compacting SKU space requirements. By combining inventory management tactics and space-saving storage equipment, slow-moving items will move faster, and a great amount of hidden storage space within an existing facility can be found. UNEX can help companies find much-needed space without adding real estate with state-of-the-art storage systems.

The UNEX Guide to Understanding Throughput for Fulfillment will help you save time and money in your facility.