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How Green is Your Warehouse?

Twenty years ago, making a DC/warehouse “green” was almost universally a very low priority if it made the list of near or long-term goals at all. As the digital age was just starting to ramp itself up with the advent of e-commerce, managers were more focused on the building blocks needed to transform their facilities to raise the volume, speed and variety of services they perform. But while the last twenty years have been almost exclusively a race for adapting the business into a speedier, direct-to-customer version of it’s pre-internet self, prioritizing factors like energy use, reduced packaging, etc. is becoming a desirable skill-set and focus of KPIs.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Efficiency

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

Managing Dock Traffic

There is perhaps no more important part of your facility than your dock. It’s the start – and the end – of your day, your end-to-end process, and your accounting for your shipments! So making the processes that depend on your dock as smooth and efficient as possible gives everything in-between a better foundation for success.

Topics: Warehouse Carts Warehouse Management Efficiency

Understanding the Power of Your Lithium Power Pack

Two years after the launch of our PowerSwap NucleusTM battery pack, we’ve seen a lot of success stories from our customers who’ve upgraded from their original Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) power packs. Although Lithium is something we are all using day-to-day in our personal lives in our cell phones, laptop and almost any other rechargeable device we have, we still get a lot of questions from our customers and readers about some of the more basic aspects of our power packs.

Topics: Nucleus Lithium Power Efficiency

Make Returns Processing a Positive for Your Business

The “Merry” part of the Christmas season can often be forgotten quickly when the first trucks show up at the receiving docks with mountains of returns. There is nothing worse as a retailer than experiencing the feeling that your products were “unwanted”, but if you do it right, returns processing can be a positive for your customers and your bottom line.

Topics: receiving Process Improvement Efficiency

The Holiday Season is Here – And So Is The Logistics Grinch

If 2018 hasn’t gone fast enough for you, the holiday season is upon us and like every holiday season, nothing is ever easy! This year there are a number of potholes that are appearing on the road to the holidays and beyond, and if you have not already prepared for some of them you might find yourself celebrating without any “roast beast” this year!

Topics: Process Improvement Planning Efficiency

Practicing What We Preach – Meet Jason Williams, Operations Director

Over the years you’ve seen a lot of material coming from us about using “Lean” Manufacturing and using Lean techniques in other areas like distribution and logistics. As a manufacturer ourselves, we have always strived to take our own advice, but like many of you, we also learned in the process that while the reward is great, the work to get there can be HARD.

Topics: Manufacturing Lean Manufacturing Efficiency

Water Spider or Whirligig? The Entomology of Lean Manufacturing

Lean practitioners are probably aware of the “Water Spider” which is an important role on the floor of the manufacturing shop. And you may also know that it, like many other lean terms like “Kanban,” “Gemba” and “Kaizen,” it originates from the Japanese language, where lean got its start.

Topics: Manufacturing Lean Manufacturing Process Improvement Efficiency

Quality Control as a Warehouse Efficiency Strategy

The most essential core component of any good warehouse efficiency strategy begins and ends with quality control. Your team may not be responsible for the quality of the products you deliver, or for the commitment to customer satisfaction that comes from products, but they are just as responsible as the manufacturer when it comes to the quality of their work. Each product is handled by your team as it passes through your distribution center on their way to retailers, consumers, or to another destination.

Topics: Warehouse Management Process Improvement Efficiency

Three Ways Dimensioning Technology Can Improve Efficiency

Consumers were projected to spend upwards of $682 billion during the 2017 holiday season, with 51% shopping online, according to the National Retail Federation. Thanks to e-commerce giant Amazon, consumers also expected their packages to arrive within one to two days, regardless of the retailer or parcel carrier. To keep up with this demand (which can be substantial all year long, not just during the holiday season!) and get packages out the door faster, warehouses and distribution centers across the country are implementing dimensioning technology to gain efficiencies.

Major shipping carriers like FedEx, UPS, and USPS have adjusted their policies regarding charging based on parcel dimensions vs. weight, setting the industry standard. Cubing or dimensioning solutions allow the warehousing industry to capture data and proportions of products so shipping costs can be predicted with much greater accuracy.

Topics: Technology Efficiency Dimensioning