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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: Packing Order Picking Shipping Dimensioning Inventory Control Cost Reduction

A 40-50% Increase in Picking Performance

If you had to determine what the most important part of your operations is right now, what would you say? Regardless of your answer, your top priority should always be picking. When it comes to ensuring that you are making the most out of your business and fulfilling your customer’s needs, picking has to be at the top of the list.

Topics: Order Picking Picking Carts

The 10 Best Shoes (or boots) Order Pickers in Warehouses Should Wear

Workers who are comfortably and appropriately dressed to handle job tasks will be more productive and happier at work. One of the most important parts of an order picker's wardrobe is his or her footwear.

Proper work shoes will allow order pickers to maximize their potential daily workload. The best work shoes will also be safer and help workers to avoid accidents that could potentially sidetrack them from getting work done.

Topics: Order Picking

7 Excellent Methods to Improve Picking and Packing Efficiencies

"Measured in time and money - order picking is without doubt the most costly activity in a typical warehouse. It is also the activity that plays the biggest role for customer satisfaction with the warehouse – and in the final analysis the entire supply chain." - Professor René de Koster

Topics: Productivity Order Picking

You Know You Will Love an Order Picking Cart With Portable Power if...

To improve warehouse operations and productivity, open your mind to new technology such as a picking cart with portable power. After you have reviewed your order picking process and ready to consider equipment but only if it proves to offer a quick ROI.  If you are still unsure, read case studies here.to learn how others have benefited.

Stock picking carts are an essential part of factory and warehouse operations. Order picking is the most labor intensive and error prone process in the warehouse. Newcastle Systems offers a NEW solution that is ideal for single line items, batch order picking, manual and RF picking as well as “Pick & Pack”.

Once you understand how adding the latest technology from Newcastle Systems includes portable power, you begin to think quickly about the possibilities.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the advantages of eliminating wasted steps with a power supply integrated with a mobile stock picking cart station

A NEW order picking cart with portable power will be just the thing for you...

Topics: Order Picking Portable Power

16 Questions to Ask Before Buying Order Picking Carts

Stock picking carts are an essential part of factory and warehouse operations. Order picking is the most labor intensive and error prone process in the warehouse. Newcastle System's offers a NEW solution that is ideal for single line items, batch order picking, manual and RF picking as well as “Pick & Pack”.

Once you understand how adding the latest technology from Newcastle System's includes portable power, you begin to think quickly about the possibilities.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the advantages of eliminating wasted steps with a power supply integrated with a mobile stock picking cart station. 

Topics: Order Picking PowerPick Station

What does a mispick cost?

In October 2012, a survey of 250 supply chain and distribution managers across the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany—conducted by research company Vanson Bourne—found “distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $390,000 per year due to mis-picks. 

The cost of a picking mistake includes not only the cost of the item, but also “the expenses associated with shipping the item back, processing it upon receipt, returning it to stock, and loss of customer satisfaction.

 “Mis-Picks Cost Businesses Nearly $390,000 Per Year According to Intermec Study,” accessed January 4, 2014, www.intermec.com/about_us/newsroom/press_releases/2013‐01‐21‐Mis‐Picks‐Cost‐Businesses.aspx 

Further time is lost in correcting the mistake by picking, packing and shipping the correct item back to the customer.

Hannah Kain, “Simple Fulfillment Errors Will Affect the Bottom Line,” accessed January 5, 2014, http://www.alom.com/resources/focus.asp?file=002.inc

An estimated 35% of facilities experience ongoing mis-pick rates of 1% or more. Although 1% sounds like a slim margin for improvement, it adds up quickly.

Topics: Order Picking

Four order picking solutions


A number of supply chain academics such as G.P. Sharp and Edward Frazelle have proposed a number of ways of classifying the order picking system. Four solutions have been identified for order picking.

  • Picker to Part
  • Part to Picker
  • Sorting System
  • Pick to Box
Topics: Order Picking

10 Ways Order Pickers stay on Santa's "Nice List"

 

Warehouse managers are required to wear many hats, including managing an order picking team. Since order picking is such a big part of an efficient shipping process, order pickers with a standard of excellence are appreciated.  Those with excellence are not only appreciated by the management but also by their peers and yes... even Santa.  

Since it is the season and Santa also has his team of order pickers working diligently to be sure gifts are delivered on time, we want to share ways order pickers optimize their effectiveness to stay on Santa's "nice list.

Here are 10 ways your team of order pickers earn and keep their spot on Santa's 'Nice List'. 

Topics: Order Picking

10 Ideas to Keep Warehouse Pickers Motivated

Warehouse pickers have a significant impact on how smoothly and efficiently the facility runs. These ten ideas will help keep them motivated throughout the day and encourage them to perform their best at all times.

Topics: Order Picking