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The Best Part of Waking Up: The Supply Chain of Coffee

There’s nothing quite like that first sip of coffee in the morning. From cabinet to brewer to your favorite mug, it’s easy to achieve the perfect cup. But how did the coffee get from tree to truck to grocer? Here’s the intriguing supply chain journey of coffee.

Topics: Inventory Control Supply Chain

The Role of Warehouse Management in Customer Service

In the past, a warehouse was just a place where goods were stored and eventually processed for shipping. There wasn't much talk about how warehousing could impact customer services. A lot has changed!

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Process Improvement ECommerce warehouse workers

How Inventory Management Technology Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Online sales have soared since the beginning of COVID-19, with consumers increasingly forgoing trips to the store in favor of easy ordering from home. That means eCommerce sellers and logistics companies need to operate more efficiently to keep pace with higher volume and a growing list of lofty expectations.

Topics: Inventory Control Process Improvement ECommerce RFID Order Fulfillment

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

Out of Stock? Methods to Prevent Stockouts, Regardless of High Demand

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

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