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How to Manage Forecasting and Inventory

Forecasting needs for space, SKU counts and otherwise daily management of inventory is never a simple task. While the front office staff who design and create new products, forecast the sales and order the inventory for the coming season or sales cycle may have years of experience and a portfolio of modern tools to work with (i.e. software), the team running the distribution center generally is less well-equipped to deal with the operational aspect of those elements in a predictive and flexible manner.

Topics: Inventory Control Predictions Process Improvement

Getting a Grip on Inventory Management

With the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, there are a lot of messy warehouses out there digesting the aftermath of a contradictory set of challenges – depleted shelves, piles of returns, overstock on unpopular items and excess capacity. If you’re like most retailers – or manufacturers who are new to the E-commerce game in the last few years – then you are probably wondering how you ended up with so much overstock for some categories of your product, right?

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Retail

The Hard Facts and Data on Your Space Management Issues

In our annual customer satisfaction survey, “Space” and “People” continued their five-year run as the top two issues that keep facility managers up at night. But what specifically is it about these issues that weigh so heavily on the minds of every type of customer we have – big, small, high-tech, simple, etc. An annual survey by FLEXE, a warehouse services group that runs a marketplace of over 800 warehouses provides some insights into the specific aspects of space management that are a concern for so many customers.

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Research

7 Crucial Ways to Reduce Inventory

There is nothing quite as satisfying in a distribution center as a well-balanced inventory. Orders arrive, orders are shipped, and your fulfillment and delivery flows consistently like the tides. Inventory does not become overstock to take up space and have a negative impact on cash flow. With excellent inventory control, being out of stock of any item is a rare occasion.

Sadly, the perfectly balanced inventory is somewhat of a Zen-like ideal: The moment you identify the inventory as ‘balanced’, it morphs. The best you can do to manage the factors that affect inventory to control overstock or short-stocked items on the warehouse floor.

With some careful planning and a few deft adjustments to inventory management processes, you eventually establish a balance that you can maintain.

How can this be accomplished?

Topics: Inventory Control

The Invisible Inventory - What's Missing in Your Warehouse Management

I often see areas of inventory which have no visibility in a system due to poor processes. For example, inbound goods sitting in trucks is very common.  When a formal receiving schedule does not exist, it is easy to get variances in arrival times. Consider these scenarios when inventory can become invisible:

Topics: Inventory Control Warehouse Cash Flow

How a Dimensional Scanner Streamlines Processes in Your Warehouse

"That Looks Cool! Wonder How I Can Use It?"

For the true gadget lovers, we have the experience of being in a store full of gadgets and machines and occasionally see something that compels us to say, "I am not sure what it is, but how can I find a way to use it?"

If you haven't seen one yet, dimensional scanners definitely fall into that category. No one will be surprised if a true distribution center process nerd brings it home one day for personal use. 

What is a "Dimensional Scanner"?

A dimensional scanner is a specialized equipment that will scan and record the dimensions of an object - of any shape. When paired with a scale, the complete shape, weight and dimensions of any product can be recorded to a database and be the source of efficiency in multiple areas of the business.

...but how can we use a dimensional scanner?

Topics: Order Picking Inventory Control Shipping Dimensioning Cost Reduction Packing

7 Best Practices for Inventory Management for Warehouses

Supplying your products on time and with multiple channels can be quite challenging. You receive constant pressure from various buyers and store locations. It is a challenge to keep up with inventory demands while monitoring the inventory process and the needs of your workers and your customers or buyers. 

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control

6 Ways To Better Inventory Management

With warehouses and distribution centers (DC) doing more inventory and SKUs work, businesses are required to address orders for various channels. As a result, building a good inventory management system is becoming crucial and doing so becomes more complex. Here are some crititcal areas to focus on to deal with the multi-channel era.

DC managers are under constant pressure over the past few years to meet the growing e-commerce. In such a speed obsessed era, it is not about reducing the inventory, but control. 

Topics: Inventory Control

Out-of-stocks can become a thing of the past

Retailers are finding that consumer demand is getting more unpredictable — which increases the importance of changing the way they manage inventory. 

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control

Warehouse and Retail Bottlenecks During the Holidays

The holidays aren't all fun and games for retailers, warehouses or distribution centers that can't scale to a sudden influx of orders.  Even with forsight and a crystal ball there are fluctuations in demand and surprises.  

Topics: Productivity Inventory Control