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What Is Slotting?

Understand how Slotting fits into the supply chain

Slotting refers to the placing of inventory efficiently within the warehouse and coordinating product placement based on what moves the fastest. (e.g., products that move the quickest would be placed closest to the dock to minimize travel and save time). Inventory is assessed and identified regarding how quickly it moves. The quickest movers go closer to the dock to minimize travel, so employees can pick them faster and get them out the door. The slow movers are stored on the floor further away from the dock. If there is racking, they can be stored at the higher locations. The goal is to make it easy to put the product away and more efficient to pick the product. Inventory is reviewed consistently to account for any shifts in product popularity due to demand, holidays or a change in seasons.