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Material Handling Solutions System Integrators Must Account for Cross-Docking Returns and Prepacking


Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/28/2015 -- Cross docking is a process which moves incoming products directly from receiving to shipping, eliminating additional product touches to put-away and later pick the product for orders. This means that the incoming products are either being shipped out in full case quantities or have been packaged with the exact right combination of items that can immediately ship out to fill an order.

Incoming cases may be placed onto a conveyor, pass an inline print and apply machine to receive a carrier shipping label and then get routed to a specific shipping lane destination. In other instances an operator may use an RF device to scan the incoming product, print out a label and use a fork truck to move the product to the correct shipping dock.

Use of cross docking is common in the retail industry where companies can work with suppliers to package items in combinations that can go direct to stores. An example would be apparel where a retailer may request that a supplier place an assortment of sizes (S, M, L, XL) of a color of shirt into a box. By having the assortment of sizes of a single color shirt within a box, the retailer can allocate the number of boxes needed for each store to push new merchandise out quickly making sure all stores receive a selection of sizes.

Bastian Solutions will exhibit at the WestPack Conference (Booth #4979) from February 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA.

Following WestPack, Bastian Solutions will be exhibiting at ProMat 2015 (Booth #3953) held March 23-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Use the following link for free ProMat 2015 registration from Bastian Solutions.

About Bastian Solutions
Bastian Solutions ( is a global material handling systems integrator and expert in eCommerce fulfillment automation. An innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics, Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations.

Bastian Solutions provides integrated material handling systems reducing the total cost of order fulfillment and delivery cycle times for its customers; tremendous productivity gains and a quick return on investment are ensured. Automating supply chain logistics with harmony between material flow, information flow, and operational processes, yields a unique and important competitive advantage.

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