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An Introduction to Quality Control in Manufacturing

“Quality is Everyone’s Responsibility”

Edward Deming, considered to be a “God” in the eyes of the Japanese business community for his influence on their manufacturing sector after WWII is attributed as the source of the now somewhat obvious quote above. His philosophy was one that wanted us to see manufacturing as a “system,” not a series of bits and pieces of additive work.

Topics: Manufacturing Process Improvement Cost Reduction

How To Improve The Warehouse Receiving Process

 

Warehouse receiving operations are a critical part in maintaining the integrity of inventory systems and ensuring the availability of products for customers. Without an effective receiving system, items fall through the cracks, are not counted, do not receive adequate inspection, and fail to provide evidence of problems with vendors that affect profitability.

Topics: Warehouse Management receiving

The 8 Best Order Picking Methods (Including Batch Picking)

 

Order picking methods are defined in terms of: (a) pickers per order - the number of pickers that work on a single order at one time; (b) lines per pick - the number of orders a single item is picked for at one time; and (c) periods per shift - the frequency of order scheduling during one shift.

Topics: Order Picking

How to Optimize Your E-commerce Labeling

 

How does your labeling process work for your facility after expanding it to support your e-commerce business? Unlike the simpler processes of shipping out pallets and totes to a retail location or distribution partner which lives on the common 4x6 label, e-commerce shipments of individual bags or cartons being shipped to residential addresses can come with a very different level of complexity.

While the standard 4x6 stock label may still be the best option for many of your shipments, it’s worth a look at some of the other considerations to take into account to ensure that your labels are not the weak link in ensuring that your distribution center is not a source of lower customer satisfaction.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement ECommerce

How To Process Returns

With the huge jump in facilities supporting Ecommerce from last year, the hiccups stemming from building the new capability in operations that were new to it are still ongoing. Individual vs. case shipping, single-item picking, and returns are some of the processes that have taken on a higher level of complexity and created difficult challenges for many facilities. Today we’ll spend a few minutes on one of the most visible, difficult and costly of those “new” processes – Returns.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement ECommerce

How to Improve Your Labeling Process

We regularly cover many of the core processes that a warehouse or production line work to optimize every day, with a particular focus on how to measure and improve them. While “labeling” is a key part or outcome in many of these processes, it’s generally not referred to as its own “process”.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement

How Lithium Is Enabling The Microfactory

The rapid technological advancements and growing adoption rates of battery power are making themselves visible on a growing scale and having an impact well beyond the most familiar uses. While seeing an electric car is now commonplace, the evolution of car production is only now starting to incorporate the possibilities for manufacturing in a radically different way.

Topics: Manufacturing Lithium Power Process Improvement

What’s Trending in Labeling?

If you have always been a big fan of following futuristic trends, then twenty years ago you might have assumed that by this year peel and stick labels would be a thing of the past and your products and packages would be engraved by lasers. The reality is that as supply chains have gotten more sophisticated and Ecommerce continues on its decades-long growth trend, “labels” have not only NOT gone away, they are more prolific and ubiquitous than ever – and more important than ever.

Aside from a growth trajectory with no visible end, here are some of the labeling trends we think are important to be aware of today.

Topics: Trends Supply Chain Labeling

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