Package Handling
DCS’s design and engineering team has more than 40 years of experience creating unique parcel handling systems for diverse customer applications. With installations including semi-automated handling in small city distribution centers and fully automated, integrated hubs with advanced conveyor and sorter equipment, DCS routinely thinks outside the box.
E-Commerce and Multi-Channel Fulfillment
DCS designs and implements end-to-end warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce and multi-channel retailers that address numerous workflow challenges. This includes solutions for receiving, putaway, storage, replenishment, order fulfillment, picking, packing, sortation, and outbound shipping. Our custom integrated warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment systems draw from a deep pool of conventional, semi-automated, and automated material handling technologies.
Various Distribution Applications
Whether an operation is considering the construction of a new distribution or fulfillment center, or a retrofit or expansion of an existing facility, it’s important to create a solution that fits the overarching supply chain strategy. DCS has four decades of experience designing and integrating comprehensive, end-to-end material handling solutions that meet a multitude of operational goals. Whether conventional, semi-automated, or fully automated, DCS can help your organization implement a custom solution that meets its goals while maximizing return on investment (ROI).
Supply Chain Consulting
The DCS Supply Chain Consulting team offers a range of services to help your operations address the challenges it faces. Working in partnership with you, DCS consultants analyze your business data- existing workforce, workflow processes, inventory, order data, operations, and more- to determine a strategy that addresses your unique needs. Whether you need an operations assessment, process improvement recommendations, or distribution design services, DCS consultants will help guide you to the material handling system or operational solution that best meets your current and future needs, as well as your budget.
Customer Support
Keeping your warehouse operations and material handling systems running smoothly and at the peak of productivity are the goals of DCS’ Customer Service Team. By partnering with DCS, your warehouse automation solution is supported from commissioning to end of life. You’ll receive comprehensive in-house training of your personnel, including specialized training of your designated internal system expert. Plus, DCS offers a complete package of spare parts and expert system troubleshooting support from qualified engineers dedicated to your installation.
System Design & Integration
DCS offers a broad range of material handling equipment and automated system design, installation, and integration services for a multitude of projects. These include retrofits, expansions, upgrades, and more. While every project is unique, our system design and execution processes are the same, encompassing meticulous attention to detail, frequent communication, and a dedicated partnership with our clients.
About Us
Designed Conveyor Systems (DCS) has 40 years of experience serving major clients in multiple industries by providing material handling, full-scale warehouse operations, and conveyor design solutions that are custom crafted for their needs. DCS does not sell ready-made conveyor systems but builds relationships that empower collaboration to craft custom warehouse designs together. DCS utilizes consulting, engineering design, project management, installation services, and client support to ensure our customers can keep their promises to deliver on time.
With more than 40 years of experience providing automated system design, installation, and integration services, DCS has created solutions for companies throughout the United States in a broad range of industries and markets. We’ve completed more than 1500 projects ranging from greenfield facilities with completely new systems to expansions and retrofits of existing operations.

Expedite Last Mile Deliveries With Middle Mile Sortation Strategies

As retail has expanded beyond traditional brick-and-mortar storefronts into direct-to-consumer deliveries, so too has the challenge for retailers who relied on the traditional three-part supply chain model. As defined by DC Velocity, this includes:

First Mile: Transportation of the product from the manufacturer to the middle mile, where it is then further distributed downstream.

Middle Mile: Products received from multiple upstream partners are sorted for transportation to the last mile.

Last Mile: The last leg in the product’s journey to its final destination, which is the customer.

The middle mile can involve multiple modes of transportation (rail, ocean, air, truck) to deliver products from the source to distribution centers and/or fulfillment operations for packaging and sortation of parcels prior to arrival at a carrier for last mile delivery. Due to this, retailers often hand off middle mile supply chain operations to third-party logistics (3PL) service providers. Although outsourcing the transportation piece to a 3PL might deliver both cost and time savings, using a 3PL for parcel sortation may not.

That’s because, depending on the 3PL and the number of customers it is serving from any given location, sortation may not be handled as expediently as possible. Particularly with the significant uptick in e-commerce, which eMarketer predicts will reach $933.30 billion in the U.S. in 2021 – up 17.9% year over year – and representing 15.3% of total retail sales.

With more retailers outsourcing their middle mile activities to 3PLs, they also sacrifice control over the rate at which their customers’ parcels are sorted. This increases the chance of packages arriving at a carrier’s warehouse for last mile delivery to the customer later than the agreed upon service level agreement (SLA). And a delayed delivery can result in an unhappy customer.

An alternative is for retailers to consider establishing one or more designated sorting facilities, separate from their warehousing and distribution centers. Dedicated solely to sorting packages prior to routing to last mile carriers, these facilities can be built specifically to handle both the most common package dimensions and weights at the optimal throughput rates.

With a retailer gaining complete internal control over both source and destination facilities, greater efficiencies can be obtained. That’s because maintaining ownership over package sortation in the middle mile ensures that orders are routed to the last mile carrier faster, while cutting overall customer delivery times.

Let DCS help you expedite your last mile deliveries with middle mile sortation solutions. Connect with us.



Satyen-PathakSatyen Pathak, Account Executive,

As an SME in material handling, Satyen has an extensive background in creating solutions for the retail/e-comm, Parcel, Post, and baggage handling market verticals. He has worn several hats including Product Management, Applications Engineer, Technical support and most recently as an Account Executive with DCS. Satyen has conducted numerous educational speaking engagements and has sat on committees for MHI.