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Managing the 5 R’s of Reverse Logistics

For many organizations, handling reverse logistics can be challenging. If you think about it, most supply chains are created to get products from point A to point B, not bring them back in the other direction.

 

Online ordering has made shopping so simple that customers expect an equally hassle-free returns process. While product returns might be one of the costs of doing business, how you handle the 5 Rs of reverse logistics can impact how much this process will affect your company’s overall results.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Warehouse Efficiency Reverse Logistics

Predicting Peak Season Warehouse Volumes

For several months each year, warehouses face a surge of activity due to skyrocketing product demand. This peak season begins as early as October as people begin preparing for the upcoming holiday season and ends sometime in January as warehouses are still dealing with high return volumes.

Topics: Inventory Control Warehouse Efficiency COVID-19 Peak season

Maximizing Warehouse Efficiency During Peak Season

Peak season is officially here. And, if your warehouse can manage its inflows and outflows efficiently during the busiest time of year, it should be smooth sailing during those other months. Knowing how to best run your operations when the stakes are highest might be challenging. But it will also improve your overall business results.

Topics: Inventory Control Automation Warehouse Efficiency Peak season

Control and Track Inventory with Digital Automation

If your business sells, handles, or stores products, its success depends largely on the quality of its inventory management system. It’s not a sexy topic. But it sure is important. Unfortunately, when it comes time to spend capital on innovations that will boost business results, automated inventory management systems are often overlooked.

Topics: Inventory Control Planning Automation Warehouse Efficiency

A Peak Season Like No Other – Ever

Every year many of us in the industry share our stories of “Peak Season” that are almost always what now seems to be a relatively innocuous set of challenges revolving around ramping up staff, adding more temporary workstations or bringing in some rental equipment and devices while being extra vigilant to monitor shipping volumes and timing.

Topics: Planning COVID-19 Peak season

What are the Metrics That Really Matter When Measuring Warehouse Efficiency?

Your warehouse KPIs determine how efficiently you turn a profit. If you’re running your warehouse fast and loose, how do you know what is there, what’s coming in, or what’s heading out the door?

 

You probably already have a software package that compiles data and analyzes information. What you do with that information may determine the success or failure of your logistics business. Specifically, you need to determine the metrics that matter when measuring warehouse performance.

Topics: ROI Warehouse warehouse design

Go Mobile! RF Automation and Industrial Powered Carts Amp Up Warehouse Efficiency

If you’re using a paper and pencil system in your operations, you’re not alone. Forty-eight percent of facilities are still conventional in receiving, picking, inventory replenishment, and storage (non-mechanized).

Topics: ROI Warehouse Management Warehouse ECommerce warehouse design

5 Small Steps that Can Make a BIG Impact on Warehouse Efficiency and ROI

Modern ecommerce warehouse and fulfillment operations staff are tasked with some hefty challenges in any given year. But when the pandemic triggered an abrupt shift to online purchases last year, many were handling larger inventories and more receipts, picks, shipments, and returns than ever before.

Topics: ROI Warehouse ECommerce warehouse design

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Warehouse Operations

There’s a common misconception that warehouses operate in an endless loop of basic processes that move items from point A to point B. Sure, things get moved. But the supply chain is increasingly faced with labor shortages, pandemic issues, and rapidly changing market conditions, making the warehousing environment more complex than ever.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement warehouse design

Heat Stress and How to Avoid It in the Warehouse

 

When the temperatures start to rise in the summer, so do the dangers to your warehouse staff. The U.S. experienced its hottest June on record in 2021, and there were over 31 million people subjected to heat advisories or excessive heat warnings in one month alone.

 

When it’s over 100 degrees outside, you can bet that the temperatures are much higher inside a warehouse or distribution center. That’s why it’s vital that fulfillment centers, warehouses, and 3rd party logistics providers understand the dangers of heat stress and take the proper steps to avoid it.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement warehouse design