The SLAM (Scan, Label, Apply, Manifest) is the next step in the packing and shipping process.
Information from the sp00 label is used to configure, print, and apply a shipping label.
Packages make their way to the SLAM machine where several actions happen in the blink of an eye:
- The sp00 label is scanned
- The package is weighed
- A shipping label is printed and auto-applied
But how is the correct information for the shipping label determined so quickly? Through an algorithm.
When the SLAM machine scans the sp00 label, the information embedded inside the barcode is used to calculate the appropriate shipping method.
This includes the carrier service and delivery options.
Then the shipping label is printed and applied as packages speed along the conveyor belt, thanks to the use of print and apply machinery.
2 printers and label dispensers work in tandem to keep production moving without any stalls.
What if an error occurs during the SLAM process? Amazon uses a kickout (KO) system to eliminate any defects while keeping the production line moving.
The defective package is “kicked out” of the assembly line and diverted to a station where an associate manually resolves the issue.
Once through the SLAM process, packages continue their journey out of the facility, where they are sorted to designated delivery trucks and shipped out to waiting customers.
Amazon’s entire outbound process relies on these steps to run efficiently.
It’s why they delegate so much importance to the sp00 label. Because without it, their entire system falls apart.