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Keeping Pace with Amazon in the Next Decade

Amazon Prime has set the standard for speedy delivery to consumers since 2005, putting pressure on brick-and-mortar and ecommerce retailers alike. Their more recent same-day shipping advancements as well as creative delivery options, like leaving packages inside consumers’ homes and vehicles have earned them notoriety as the preeminent retailer nationwide. These order fulfillment improvements have also drastically reset consumer expectations.

Topics: Supply Chain Shipping Speed Planning

Celebrate The Mad Skills in Your Warehouse

Recently our own Christine Wheeler and Drew Arnold had the pleasure of attending The 2nd Annual Pallet Games, hosted and organized by MavPak, Inc. in Plainfield, Indiana. It was a great opportunity to appreciate the kind of mad skills that are in use every day inside your warehouse, as well as a chance to give those teams some exposure and recognition for what they do.

Topics: Warehouse Event Contest

How To Maintain All of Your Warehouse Batteries

It’s not a secret that battery power has become a key ingredient in the equipment portfolio of the average warehouse. However, for most facilities, batteries are often an overlooked item that is seen as just an “accessory” whose importance is overlooked in the day-to-day operations. But with the growing variety of applications and the complexity of different kinds of battery chemistry becoming prevalent in the mix. Today we’ll look at the best practices involved in charging and maintaining the various types of batteries you currently use – or will use - every day in your facility.

Topics: Warehouse Lithium Iron Phosphate Lithium Power

How to Manage Forecasting and Inventory

Forecasting needs for space, SKU counts and otherwise daily management of inventory is never a simple task. While the front office staff who design and create new products, forecast the sales and order the inventory for the coming season or sales cycle may have years of experience and a portfolio of modern tools to work with (i.e. software), the team running the distribution center generally is less well-equipped to deal with the operational aspect of those elements in a predictive and flexible manner.

Topics: Inventory Control Predictions Process Improvement

The Growing Importance of 3PLs and How to Leverage them For Your Business

The digital revolution that is transforming the broader economy continues to shape distribution models as well. Increasingly business distribution centers are evolving to serve customers directly in addition to their more traditional roles as distributors for retailers and resellers.

Larger businesses are leading the charge to transform their own warehouses into world-class distribution centers. However, smaller businesses find it difficult to match their efficiency and speed with similar facility and systems investments. This disparity begs the question, “How can smaller companies keep up?” The best way to stay relevant is to outsource these non-core functions to better qualified partners instead of trying to match what large companies are doing.

Topics: Distribution Center 3PL Efficiency

Improving Staff Retention and Warehouse Productivity through Ergonomics

One area of staff retention and warehouse productivity that is frequently overlooked is the effect of ergonomics on production. Consciously or not, ergonomics pervades every aspect of facility management.

While some managers still look at ergonomics as a form of regulatory burden or reactionary response to a problem, successful leaders understand its ongoing importance. A proactive ergonomic focus helps organizations to maximize productivity and improve employee retention.

Prioritizing ergonomics drives management innovation in numerous ways.

Topics: Productivity Process Improvement Cost Reduction

The Rapid Ascent of Holograms in Manufacturing

There are a lot of innovations in manufacturing getting press in recent years, but most of them relate to the improvement of productivity through process improvement – continuous improvement, supply chain management, culture and developing talent. But there is one radically innovative technology that is flying under the radar but is already poised to bring the sci-fi future into today’s factories.

Topics: Technology Manufacturing Trends

Register Today: How to Win the Talent War in Supply Chain

Join Us on Friday, March 22nd 

With the growth of e-commerce, a strong economy, and a shortage of nearly 1M warehouse workers, the pressure to hire, train, and retain quality talent has never been more challenging.

Please join us Friday, March 22nd at Bryant University
& discover the new talent that will soon be ready
to join the supply chain workforce in 2019. 
Topics: Supply Chain Event Staffing WERC

Developing New Manufacturing Products to be the Next Big Thing

Many small manufacturers get their start innovating around a single hit product but building on early success is often the hardest thing for a business to do. As Robert Glazer explains, “When you bet your company's future on just one product's explosive success, that doesn't automatically translate to long-term growth.”

The most successful manufacturers understand that resting on success can kill even the most popular businesses. A commitment to ongoing product development is the best way to ensure future relevancy. Developing additional products that align with a current area of expertise is crucial to building the brand and driving growth.

Topics: New Products Manufacturing Planning

The Hidden Costs of Reverse Logistics

While logistics is typically forward-facing, focusing on the details and costs associated with getting items produced and delivered to end users, reverse logistics is concerned with the analysis of products going in the opposite direction.

Moving items backwards in the supply chain is how companies recoup value from products that are not useful in their current state or location, making reverse logistics just as important for effective supply chain management.

Topics: Supply Chain Cost Reduction MotionMeter