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It’s Time to Look for a 3PL Partner

Back in March when it became clear that we would be in for a very unpredictable year ahead, we were quick to point out that anyone who was not already good at E-Commerce would now need to be or disproportionately suffer from the slowdown in activity. Four months into the crisis, that seems more true than even we had considered.

Topics: 3PL ECommerce Planning

Warehouse Design for 2020

Since 2020 has us rethinking EVERYTHING we were doing before, we wanted to make a quick share for you to start the week with a visual look at some basic Warehouse Design fundamentals. The events of the last few months have everyone wondering what the warehouse of the future will look like. But while doing updates to your CURRENT space to react to the new normal, how closely have you been adhering to the basics already?

We thought this infographic was a good representation of some of those basic pillars of good warehouse design. Let's start with the basics we use for planning. The one thing we'll highlight here is how often we hear that space management is the BIGGEST issue our client's are having. If you are exceeding the guidance below and using over 30% of your square footage for storage, it means you might be feeling crowded. Better rack utilization and building up may improve your sense of space!

Topics: Distribution Center receiving warehouse design warehouse layout

It's The Age of Mobile Personal Workstations

Adapting To The Unexpected Future

If there is one aspect of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020 that will remain with us perhaps permanently is the way we space ourselves from each other in the workplace. Over the last three months, entirely new protocols that no one could have anticipated are now the norm. Beyond the basic ones addressing general hygiene practices like hand-washing and disinfection routines, entire industries are re-tooling or re-organizing how they work to not only make it possible to reopen workplaces now, but to make them less likely to close again for another wave that might return, or in case of a new threat in the future.

Topics: Physical Distancing Personal Workstation

Everyone Needs to Learn E-Commerce Now

When we started to realize that the current crisis was going to be much more than a small hiccup in our year, one of the things we discussed internally was that we would likely see a large bump in E-Commerce growth because for many businesses in some industries it would become the only way they can reach customers while their traditional channels were greatly reduced if not entirely closed – temporarily or permanently.

Topics: 3PL ECommerce WMS

The New Definition of "Safety" In The Warehouse

We’ve written quite a bit in the past about best practices for supply chain labor management and with the extreme stress being put on the every part of some supply chains right now, though it would be a good time to share some additional insights on how to maintain a healthy and productive work force.

Topics: warehouse trends COVID-19 Physical Distancing safety protocols

Physical Distancing and Safer Personal Spaces In The Warehouse

For fifteen years, we've always been about finding ways to make the warehouse workstation mobile and productive. But our new world in 2020 has created needs and solutions we may not have always anticipated. Whether it is businesses operating at full capacity or those just trying to stay open enough to support their customers, there has been a sudden recognition for the need to maintain physical distancing and personal spaces to keep everyone safe and to keep supply chains healthy.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Mobile Power Lithium Power Physical Distancing Personal Workstation

Warehouse Efficiency Tips: Part 1 - Dock Design

Have you spent any time observing the activity on your dock recently? How do you feel about the way it works and the share of cost it takes in your operations? Are you tracking the cost? Well, given that nearly every operations facility is a “cost center” on your company’s P&L, you should be looking at your cost structure for each of our main “Process Areas” like Receiving, Picking, Packing, Shipping, etc. While there are a lot of factors that go into generating the cost model for each of your processes, two areas in particular - Receiving and Shipping - are particularly dependent on the design of your dock and the equipment deployed to support it.

Topics: Dock Design Warehouse Tips Value-add Processes Warehouse Efficiency Process Areas

Five Warehouse Trends We See Coming in 2020

With the holidays now a month behind us, the big of pile returns finally processed, the financial books closed for 2019, and your planning for 2020 (hopefully) completed, it’s time to take a look at 2020 and share a few thoughts on what we see as some trends to expect you’ll hear about this year.

Topics: Mobility Mobile cart battery charging warehouse trends RFID End-to-End Solutions

Mobile Device Management to Track Your Mobile “Fleet”

Batteries That Ruin Vacations?

About 7-8 years ago during one of our first annual Customer Satisfaction Surveys, one of our early and loyal customers was selected for an interview which is something we do to get some more qualitative insights to go with the quantitative results we get from the online survey. At the time this customer said something that we’ve always kept in mind as challenge we knew we would always need to devote our energy to solving a bit better every year. This was well before we had even conceived of creating our Lithium battery, the PowerSwap Nucleus, and at the time every cart we sold came with a rechargeable SLA battery similar to the ones still available today. Depending upon the configuration, most users would get 6-10 hours from a single charge, and then bring the entire cart to a power source for it to get recharged, usually overnight. One of the challenges with SLA however, has always been recovering them if they are left to run down completely without being recharged. Along with the relative weight this chemistry brings to a power source, this was the most common support issue we’ve traditionally had with SLAs.

Back to the survey. When the customer was asked in our interview “what is your biggest concern about your Newcastle carts?”, he responded “Going on vacation. Because I lose sleep wondering if someone made sure they were all plugged in at the end of the day.”

Topics: Mobile Power SLA battery life mobile device management Mobile cart battery charging PowerSwap Nucleus

Why do YOU Work in the Warehouse Industry?

 

How Does Your Warehouse Compete for Workers? 

Who loves working in the warehouse industry? We do of course. But apparently YOU do too. Perceptions of outsiders regarding work in the industry sometimes suffer from a common dislike of work that is “dirty” or requires a level of physical exertion or discomfort not common to an office environment. While some parts of the industry still live up to what is generally an outdated image of the modern warehouse environment, the modern distribution center is thankfully a much safer, cleaner and generally stable work environment in most industries. This is from a combination of many things, including regulation, technology and automation, and perhaps most importantly – competition.

Topics: warehouse industry warehouse workers warehouse careers warehouse worker salary