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How Green is Your Warehouse?

Twenty years ago, making a DC/warehouse “green” was almost universally a very low priority if it made the list of near or long-term goals at all. As the digital age was just starting to ramp itself up with the advent of e-commerce, managers were more focused on the building blocks needed to transform their facilities to raise the volume, speed and variety of services they perform. But while the last twenty years have been almost exclusively a race for adapting the business into a speedier, direct-to-customer version of it’s pre-internet self, prioritizing factors like energy use, reduced packaging, etc. is becoming a desirable skill-set and focus of KPIs.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Efficiency

Things to consider when you shop for a Portable Power System

A portable power pack equipped cart with a wireless computer is really a mobile workstation. Capitalizing on the benefits of auto-ID technologies, it integrates the facility's software with devices on the cart to establish a mobile on-demand label printing station, a mobile shipping/receiving station, etc.

Topics: Portable Power Planning

5 Nifty Things a Mobile Cart Workstation With an iPad Includes

Beyond the mobile workstation, what you see in the hands of people on the move are iPads.  In fact, because they are mobile in and of themselves does not mean it is complete.  Far from it.

Topics: Mobile Workstation Computer Cart Accessories

What type of mobile computer carts do you need in your warehouse?

The process for determining which mobile powered computer cart and/or stand-alone power package that best meets the requirements for your warehouse, factory or large retail store includes:

Topics: Workstation Configuration Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse

How to Choose the Correct Industrial Computer Workstation

The worst advice heard when searching for new, or replacement industrial computer workstations - “just get the cheapest one they have.” Spending a little extra to get the right workstation for the plant, warehouse, store, or distribution center will save money in the long run, and increase productivity.

Topics: Industrial Computer Workstations Mobile Workstation

How to save time and labor in a Warehouse

Mobile Powered Solutions reduce footsteps and errors in typical warehouse and factory floor applications that use PC’s, laptops, printers, scales, etc.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse Process Improvement

Prevent Theft in your Warehouse - (Inspired by Amazon News)

Theft from the supply chain is an old problem that even the newest facilities can’t entirely eliminate. A recent arrest in the Seattle area showed just how big a dent a small group of industrious thieves can make in even the biggest player in the industry.

Topics: Warehouse Management Supply Chain Security

Mobile Powered Workstations Now Arrive Fully Assembled!

The latest news from Newcastle Systems includes "No assembly required".  We have improved the delivery process by assembling the workstations in our manufacturing plant and packaging them for you to unpack in minutes. You can easily have the mobile workstation with portable power unpacked and rolling in minutes. We have assembly manuals, but soon they will become obsolete.

Topics: News Mobile Powered Workstation Carts

How to track productivity in warehouse with the MotionMeter App

Wasted Motion does not happen all at one time - it may be 20 seconds here and 10 seconds there, making it extremely difficult to identify.  Simple examples of wasted motion include:

  • Walking to a printer to print labels
  • Walking to a computer to access data 
  • Walking to a static desk to dimension product

Not only is this waste hard to identify, it's also very costly over the course of a year.

Topics: Cost Reduction MotionMeter Assessment

Out of Stock? Methods to Prevent Stockouts, Regardless of High Demand

Retailers are finding that consumer demand is getting more unpredictable — which increases the importance of changing the way they manage inventory. 

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control