Sliding Shoe Sorter – Convenience Store Industry
|Chris Benevides – Author|
Convenience stores or C-stores have been undergoing a vast change over the last 15 years. Where you once would stop, maybe for a beverage or small snack, customers now expect more variety, and sometimes even do a little grocery shopping. As a result, distributors for these customers have had to increase the services they offer to these small stores, and increase the volumes and variety of the products offered to C-stores.
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Turning specific focus to warehouse operations throughput and SKU proliferation have taken over as the biggest headache distributor’s face. The Solution: Sliding Shoe Sorter. This equipment has become vital to companies that have high volumes of product that need to be shipped. In addition, a sliding shoe sorter positively and accurately divert products with high accuracy, making sure the stores get the right products on time. Sliding shoe sorters can handle the wide variety of products that a C-store distributor has to ship, with increasing frequency and accuracy that they need to satisfy a growing and demanding customer.
Some benefits of the Sliding Shoe Sorter are:
- Versatility: Shoe sorters can handle a wide variety of products including cartons, totes, and some parcel items. Items can be as small as a 6” x 4” ½ lb box to a 72” x 36” 120 lb carton
- Throughput: Shoe sorters can run at speeds up to 650 Feet Per Minute (FPM), and divert with gaps as small as 4”
- Gentle: The sorter gently handles the products
- Quiet: The aluminum body and sliding shoe construction creates a noise level that is much lower than other types of sortation systems