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How to Streamline Material Handling During Receiving

Receiving in a manufacturing environment is an overlooked process area that can be the start of numerous bottlenecks, accuracy errors and wasted motion. A few simple tools that have transformed receiving in the logistics world can be leveraged in a manufacturing environment to radically change the outcomes and improve your metrics in this critical process area while achieving a positive ROI in less than 12 months.

Topics: Manufacturing receiving Process Improvement

How to Reduce Turnover and Improve Productivity on the Manufacturing Floor

There’s no doubt—manufacturing is a tough industry to work in. With tight turnaround times, increasing shipping demands and the need for immaculate quality, it’s a challenging space for a business to grow and thrive. To further complicate things—administrators are finding it difficult to attract and retain talent.

Topics: Manufacturing Lean Manufacturing Mobile Power Process Improvement Staffing

How to Prioritize New Technology Acquisition

Whether you are in a manufacturing environment or a distribution center, there is a long list of technologies that may be on your wish list, ranging from “must-have ten years ago” to “nice to have someday”. But when budgets become available for upgrades, getting everything you want isn’t always a good idea. For example, bringing in a new software tool might be a good idea, but upgrading two or more of them that are linked together or through another system (like your ERP) could be a recipe for disaster. Troubleshooting and debugging may be plagued by the potential conflicts between two new systems instead of one.

Topics: Warehouse Management Process Improvement Cost Reduction

5 Ways to Improve Warehouse Worker Retention

Despite low unemployment and a long-term economic growth streak with record profits now approaching a full decade, distribution centers and warehouses have continued to experience trouble retaining skilled or experienced staff. The problem lies more in how management values the contribution of their people in those facilities – which also makes it somewhat easier to resolve. Today we look into the problem with the help of some great research from ProLogistix through the WERC organization.

Topics: Distribution Center Trends Warehouse

The Solution to Wasted Motion in a Warehouse – Video Interview

The average U.S. warehouse wastes 6.9 weeks a year on unnecessary motion—costing the industry $4.3 billion, or 265 million hours of labor annually, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Unnecessary motion is often difficult to comprehend and recognize. It’s ingrained in our habits, and many times it’s hard to understand how it indicates a larger problem on the floor. For example, walking to a fixed computer or printer is an activity warehouse staff have been doing for years. For many, it may not be viewed as waste of time, just simply a part of the job.

Highlights You Need to See from the Annual DC Metrics Study

The annual DC Metrics study has been published and while the entirety of the report is worth studying as an excellent source of industry benchmarks and trends, we wanted to share and dive into a few of the highlights that jumped out at us as significant this year.

Topics: Technology Distribution Center Metrics

Kevin Ledversis Shares His MODEX 2018 Observations - Podcast Interview

This week our own Director of Sales, Kevin Ledversis, was interviewed on “The Listening Corner” podcast run out of Seattle, where he shared his observations about the recent MODEX show in Atlanta and some of this thoughts on current trends and pitfalls in the industry.

Topics: Event Podcast

How to Get the Most from Your Mobile Powered Cart

After thirteen years pioneering the mobile power workstation, we have seen our mobile powered carts deployed in places we never imagined or accessorized in ways our engineers would not have dreamed of. We have also seen many of them doing the same exact thing they were doing when they were first purchased over a decade ago – reliably, faithfully and without fail every day.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Mobile Power Lithium Power

The Warehouse of the Future

The Real Meaning of “Future” - One thing that everyone hates to admit about “future articles” is that the reality of what they talk about is already here. The rest of us are behind the curve trying to catch up!  While we are assigning these innovations to the “future” - perhaps to give us more time to budget for them – it certainly doesn’t hurt to invest our time into learning our options and planning ahead for the opportunity to take the leap with something new.

Topics: Distribution Center Warehouse IoT

An Introduction to Warehouse and Logistics Software – Part II

As we said in Part One, (Here, in case you missed it), a short series of articles on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)  we did had some excellent feedback that compelled us to share some similar info for the Warehouse and Logistics space. (See parts One, Two and Three here). While Part One focused on the major systems that would be better known and practically required for most growing businesses, this week we focus on some lesser-known specialty solutions that we think are both compelling in their intent and potentially important enough that they will become commonplace in the future.

Topics: Warehouse Supply Chain Green Manufacturing