Reports have found that some online retailers saw an increase in sales of over 700%
purely over the 2018 and 2019 Black Friday compared to a regular Friday in both years, without even considering the Christmas period. As throughput drastically increases, effective planning and preparation become essential to maximize system uptime and pick-to-pack accuracy.
Sophisticated, high-speed picking and packing systems rely on conveyor belts to store, sort, align, route, pack, and deliver goods. Different belts are often used depending on their application. For example, conveyor belts used in CEP applications are traditionally fabric-based, but we are seeing an increased presence of plastic modular belts, particularly for pre-sorting activities in smaller distribution centers.
Though conveyor belts generally require little maintenance, unforeseen problems can have a significant impact on the system throughout, so planning preventative actions ahead of demand spikes is essential.