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Inventory slotting or profiling is the process of identifying the most efficient placement for each item in a distribution center. Since each warehouse is different, proper slotting depends on a facility's unique product, movement, and storage characteristics. An optimal profile allows workers to pick items more quickly and accurately and reduces the risk of injuries. In smaller warehouses, slotting is often done manually or using standard computer spreadsheet or database programs. Specifically-designed slotting software is a valuable tool for operations with a large number of SKUs (stock-keeping units) as well as for businesses where the items inventoried change frequently, such as in catalog distribution centers.
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