Service helps optimize warehouse/distribution operations.

Press Release Summary:

Slotting solution, comprised of software and engineering components, utilizes cost-based evaluation model to calculate tradeoffs between square footage, replenishment costs, and picking productivity. It incorporates AutoCad 3D graphic rendering for visual representation of SKU movement within facility, and enables evaluation of alternative options and scenarios during planning and design phases of operation. Also, it can be applied to existing or new operations.

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TZA Consulting Launches Cost-Effective New Slotting Solution

Long Grove, Illinois...TZA Consulting, a leader in helping companies optimize their warehouse and distribution operations, has introduced a cost-effective slotting solution comprised of software and engineering components.

The new TZA offering is a complete solution coupled with software and engineering, providing customers with increased capacity and throughput of existing facilities, maximum material flow and use of space, increased productivity, and enhanced quality on a consistent and repeatable basis. "The biggest obstacle for slotting solutions is the entry point and then the return on investment," says TZA Senior Vice President Paul Schweet. "The TZA slotting solution eradicates those issues and makes it very easy to cost justify, enabling our customers to realize the benefits."

The new solution utilizes a unique cost-based evaluation model to calculate tradeoffs between square footage, replenishment costs, and picking productivity. It also incorporates an AutoCad 3-dimensional graphic rendering capability for clear visual representation of SKU movement within a facility, and enables the easy evaluation of alternative options and scenarios during planning and design phases of an operation. As a result, the customer benefits from the application of sound engineering practices to the slotting process.

"To assure the success of any slotting initiative, upfront engineering is critical," says Schweet. "TZA applies over 25 years of slotting program experience to define each individual company's variable needs and business rules in order to achieve optimal results at the end of the day."

Slotting delivers value by achieving consistent, repeatable results across a network of multiple facilities and by making re-slotting much less labor-intensive. An effective program can result in 6-10% improvement in affected areas, as well as an overall facility increase in throughput capacity because of a better leveraging of assets.

"The ideal candidate for this solution," states Schweet, "is a company with an SKU count that exceeds 5,000, managing multiple facilities with multiple pick zones and methodologies. It is particularly valuable for companies with seasonal inventories or that implement promotional programs throughout the year that affect inventory volumes."

TZA's slotting methodology can be applied as a constrained analysis of an existing facility, or as an unconstrained analysis of a new operation during the planning and design phase. TZA offers a rapid deployment, in most cases rolling out a new project in 3 to 5 weeks.

For more information, contact Paul Schweet, Senior Vice President, at 847-540-6543 or at Website:

About Tom Zosel Associates, LTD.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Tom Zosel Associates (TZA) is a best practices logistics consulting company. Core competencies include strategic planning, facility design and material handling engineering, optimized labor performance, professional training, transportation system design and logistics software solutions, including labor management and slotting software, as well as warehouse management systems. TZA's critical advantage is its hands-on operational expertise, which allows it to create and implement innovative solutions for even the most complex distribution challenges.

Tom Zosel Associates | 3880 Salem Lake Drive | Long Grove | IL | 60047

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