From little leagues to rec leagues to schools to the pros, not to mention, local stores and big box outlets; keeping athletes big and small dressed and equipped to perform their best is no small feat. While sporting goods are reaching farther and wider than ever before, along with an increased demand from consumers requiring faster and cheaper delivery, a focus on efficiency and sustainability has never been more important. Taking a new approach from an operational and environmental perspective provides cost savings and increased performance. Here are three actions that can improve the sustainability of your sporting goods supply chain.
To effectively manage a sporting goods supply chain, you must think strategically. While increasing touches on the basketball court is a good strategy, the opposite is true for sporting goods fulfillment. Manual processes require more “touches” than automated processes, opening the door to mistakes. Using automation to streamline these labor intensive processes eliminates duplicate tasks and reduces a distribution center’s error rate. Implementation of a software-driven automated picking system can bring fulfillment accuracy north of 99%, according to a study done by Thomasnet.com.