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Where are the choke points in your supply chain?

UPDATE: On Monday, March 29th, 2021, the Ever Given was freed and continued its journey northward, allowing for the passage of over 360 ships that had impacted about 15% of the entire world's container capacity. Bon Voyage!

Last week was the beginning of one of those rare weeks when you could tune into your daily news broadcast and hear your usual news readers interviewing supply chain analysts, shipping company representatives and logistics experts almost every day – a group of professional profiles that you almost never see on the national news!

Topics: News Warehouse Management Supply Chain warehouse safety

PODCAST: Improving Speed, Capacity and Accuracy of Ecommerce Fulfillment

We've been hearing from many of you over the last year about the increased need to become better at Ecommerce Fulfillment and with good cause. Perhaps more significant than the huge jump in Ecommerce sales in 2020 was the huge numbers of businesses that were caught flat-footed having to jump in and learn it from the bottom up for the first time.

Topics: Process Improvement Automation Podcast

DC Automation Evolves Differently for Everyone

One of the most common questions we hear in our industry - and discuss among our own teams – is “how far will automation go and WHEN?” As a manufacturer working to improve productivity for our customers, it is a question that has implications for every part of our business – not just in planning the products we want to develop and market, but those we will need to use in our production process.

Topics: Distribution Center Process Improvement Automation

Four Ways to Improve Your Packaging Process

Among the many things that are coming into focus as an unforeseen challenge to every business that had to suddenly ramp up their Ecommerce efforts last year is “packaging”. We haven’t covered it in detail yet, but it did create some serious issues in many DCs last year, both for outbound shipments and the inbound returns. While it might seem like an afterthought in the big picture of running a warehouse, it can be a surprisingly big problem that impacts productivity, customer satisfaction and even your space management.

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce Warehouse Efficiency

9 Easy Ways to Update Your Warehouse

How well did you feel your team handled the “pandemic pandemonium” in 2020? More than any other year we can remember, there was a yawning gap between the “winners and losers” across different industries, bases on a standard measure of revenue. But among the biggest “winners” on the demand side were many messy backend operations that were not prepared for the 2020 surge and struggled to keep up with the pace of shipments, returns and more.

Topics: Mobile Power Process Improvement Battery Warehouse Tips

How Much Mobile Power Is Enough?

In 2020, more businesses discovered the benefit of “cutting the cord” with their electric outlets and putting their devices and workstations on carts fitted with powerful batteries. Mobile Power gave them the benefit of bringing their devices to their work, rather than wasting footsteps and other movement.

Topics: Mobile Workstation Mobile Power Battery

The Ecommerce Warehouse of 2021

2020 accelerated “Ecommerce sales” far beyond what anyone had imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Ecommerce going from about 12-14% of retails sales to anywhere between 18-25% of all retail sales. While it can be safely assumed that there will be a resumption of foot traffic to retails stores, malls, restaurants and others once the pandemic fully subsides, it is clear that the purchase habits of a large percentage of the population have been permanently altered. How much has changed and how your operations should be positioned to optimize it after what has been a year of just keeping up is worth exploring.

Topics: Order Picking Process Improvement ECommerce Planning

Rethinking Your Picking Process for 2021

Among many of the challenges that 2020 forced so many businesses to solve was how to not just create a direct-to-customer fulfillment operation but to optimize it and standardize the processes enough to make it seem like less of the scramble that it was when all of this started almost a year ago. One specific process that was a common challenge for many businesses in 2020 was the Picking Process.

Topics: Order Picking Process Improvement Planning

The Elves Who Reduced Footsteps..

Every kid in America,

Liked Christmas a LOT,

The warehouse team,
Who had to manage peak every year,
DID NOT!

It could be their heads weren’t screwed on right,
It could be, perhaps, their shoes were too tight!

Topics: Mobility Mobile Workstation Warehouse Management Mobile Power

The Evolving Changes in Supply Chain Planning

With the disruptions in supply chains all over the world making headlines in mainstream news channels, it’s a good time to revisit some basics on Supply Chain Planning (SPC) given that we now see a lot of businesses being forced to devote a lot more attention to this critical skill area than they may have before – because they did not have to.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Planning