Case Study: Oriental Trading Company


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Case Study: Oriental Trading Company - 1

SORTATION HELPS SPEED GROWTH DOUBLE-DENSiTY TiLT TRAY SORTER TRANSFORMS ORDER FULFiLLMENT FOR ORiENTAL TRADiNG COMPANY As the nation's largest direct to consumer retailer and distributor of valuepriced party supplies, toys and novelties, Oriental Trading Company lives by its motto: “We work hard to make the world a better place to live, work and play.” That “hard work” included investing in a major upgrade of the systems that run the company's 750,000 square foot distribution center in LaVista, Nebraska. A key component of that investment is a sophisticated new tilt tray sorter from BEUMER Group. The system feeds 600 packout stations and was configured to efficiently support an increase in the company's product offerings — to up to 50,000 SKUs — and improve both productivity and order accuracy. The BEUMER double-density tilt tray sorter combines smooth handling and patented technology that fully controls the tilting process to ensure smooth, gentle discharge of transported products from either side of the sorter with industry leading sort accuracy. Oriental Trading Company's new system uses a picking methodology that the company refers to as “explode and assemble.” “The BEUMER sorter has proven to be very reliable and sorts at an accuracy rate of 99.8% while sorting a very diverse assortment of items.”

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Case Study: Oriental Trading Company - 2

“The explode and assemble process enables our system to explode customer order items into large unit waves,” said Deon Wagner, Vice President Fulfillment Center Operations. “And then reassemble these orders into packout locations utilizing a high-speed unit sorter from BEUMER.” Bringing together multiple data management systems, voice-picking technology and built around the BEUMER sortation system, order processing works like this: To “explode” the orders, four picking and packing subwaves are created from the original wave; picking tasks are assigned to an induction location on the...

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