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How to Get Rid of Shipping Delays Once and For All

This week we are sharing a guest blog by Chris Crane of Excelsior Integrated.

Improving your product delivery can have a substantial impact on your customer satisfaction and overall success. If you want to grow your business, then you will want to evaluate your shipping methods, among many other aspects that can delay your products getting to your customer's front door.

Topics: Infographic 3PL Shipping Speed Process Improvement

How to save time and labor in a Warehouse

Mobile Powered Solutions reduce footsteps and errors in typical warehouse and factory floor applications that use PC’s, laptops, printers, scales, etc.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse Process Improvement

How to be more efficient in the warehouse

Each mobile workstation cart is a powerful tool for improving productivity in any warehouse - but only when they're used correctly. These guidelines establish a baseline for using the carts and optimizing warehouse activities in ways that produce measurable results.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Process Improvement

The Problem Creating Your Next Great Product

Product Development is a challenge for any business, but especially for small manufacturers. While there are reams of data and statistics out there showing you how many products fail every year, and how daunting the percentages are (and to be honest, there is a lot of disagreement on these numbers), there is relatively little mention of the challenges of coming up with your new product in the first place.

Topics: Productivity Manufacturing Process Improvement

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

Improving Staff Retention and Warehouse Productivity through Ergonomics

One area of staff retention and warehouse productivity that is frequently overlooked is the effect of ergonomics on production. Consciously or not, ergonomics pervades every aspect of facility management.

While some managers still look at ergonomics as a form of regulatory burden or reactionary response to a problem, successful leaders understand its ongoing importance. A proactive ergonomic focus helps organizations to maximize productivity and improve employee retention.

Prioritizing ergonomics drives management innovation in numerous ways.

Topics: Productivity Process Improvement Cost Reduction

Making Good Resolutions for Your Distribution Center in 2019

Making New Year’s resolutions is something we all do, or joke about, or both. But regardless of which category you think you belong in, there’s no question that the New Year is a good time to re-examine how you do things and implement improvements in the workplace.  But where do you start? Every year, the list of “we should…” is a long one, but here are a few ideas that we think are a good place to start:

Topics: Safety Process Improvement Planning

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

Building a Sound Product Development Process for Small Manufacturers – Part II

Last month, we published Part I of this article, where we talked about making that transition from “freewheeling inventor” to “process-driven listener”. Basically, it is about being more systematic in how you collect the data and insights that lead to more relevance in your new products. This is hardest for the business which was started from a single brilliant idea that succeeded, because it is not uncommon for the small manufacturer to not really understand WHY their initial product succeeded. Play-Doh, the ubiquitous colorful molding clay of everyone’s youth, was originally created in the 1930’s as a wallpaper cleaner. Success is great, but if you started out intending to be an innovator in the cleaning products business but all of your customers are under five years old, where do you go next?

Topics: Manufacturing Process Improvement Planning