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Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters

Speed: In Old English, “sped” meant “success” or “thriving”, having grown out of the same ancient root “spe-” as the Latin “sperare” meaning, to hope. By Kiva Systems

June 12, 2013

If your distribution center were to require an overhaul and redesign to accommodate changes in volumes, product assortments or delivery timelines - how quickly could you make this happen?  In months? Maybe a year?

On the other hand, what would the opportunity costs be if you could not accommodate these changes quickly? As a fast-growing business, how can you convert your traditional distribution center into a world-class powerhouse - quickly enough to maintain or even create a competitive advantage?

Making the right automation decision for your business starts by asking the right questions:

  • Is your company’s growth five years from now difficult to predict?
  • Is your growth being stunted by limitations within your DC
  • Is there a chance your company will be expanding its product-line with goods of different shapes and sizes than what you currently sell?
  • Do you want to offer next-day shipping but your DC cycle-time does not make that feasible?
  • Are you competing with other companies that are able offer greater merchandise variety?
  • Do you have a hard time staying ahead of orders during the holiday or peak season?
  • Will you soon be outgrowing your current warehouse?
  • Do you plan to launch an eCommerce site?
  • Does a year-long process to get an effective new DC in place feel overwhelming?

Did you answer yes to even one of the above questions?
If so, read Creating a Distribution Powerhouse: Why Rapid Deployment Matters to learn more about the importance of rapid deployment with Kiva.


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