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How to Optimize Your Ecommerce Labeling

How does your labeling process work for your facility after expanding it to support your Ecommerce business? Unlike the simpler processes of shipping out pallets and totes to a retail location or distribution partner which lives on the common 4x6 label, Ecommerce shipments of individual bags or cartons being shipped to residential addresses can come with a very different level of complexity.

While the standard 4x6 stock label may still be the best option for many of your shipments, it’s worth a look at some of the other considerations to take into account to ensure that your labels are not the weak link in ensuring that your distribution center is not a source of lower customer satisfaction.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement ECommerce

How To Process Returns

With the huge jump in facilities supporting Ecommerce from last year, the hiccups stemming from building the new capability in operations that were new to it are still ongoing. Individual vs. case shipping, single-item picking, and returns are some of the processes that have taken on a higher level of complexity and created difficult challenges for many facilities. Today we’ll spend a few minutes on one of the most visible, difficult and costly of those “new” processes – Returns.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement ECommerce

How to Improve Your Labeling Process

We regularly cover many of the core processes that a warehouse or production line work to optimize every day, with a particular focus on how to measure and improve them. While “labeling” is a key part or outcome in many of these processes, it’s generally not referred to as its own “process”.

Topics: Labeling Process Improvement

How Lithium Is Enabling The Microfactory

The rapid technological advancements and growing adoption rates of battery power are making themselves visible on a growing scale and having an impact well beyond the most familiar uses. While seeing an electric car is now commonplace, the evolution of car production is only now starting to incorporate the possibilities for manufacturing in a radically different way.

Topics: Manufacturing Lithium Power Process Improvement

PODCAST: Improving Speed, Capacity and Accuracy of Ecommerce Fulfillment

We've been hearing from many of you over the last year about the increased need to become better at Ecommerce Fulfillment and with good cause. Perhaps more significant than the huge jump in Ecommerce sales in 2020 was the huge numbers of businesses that were caught flat-footed having to jump in and learn it from the bottom up for the first time.

Topics: Process Improvement Automation Podcast

DC Automation Evolves Differently for Everyone

One of the most common questions we hear in our industry - and discuss among our own teams – is “how far will automation go and WHEN?” As a manufacturer working to improve productivity for our customers, it is a question that has implications for every part of our business – not just in planning the products we want to develop and market, but those we will need to use in our production process.

Topics: Distribution Center Process Improvement Automation

Four Ways to Improve Your Packaging Process

Among the many things that are coming into focus as an unforeseen challenge to every business that had to suddenly ramp up their Ecommerce efforts last year is “packaging”. We haven’t covered it in detail yet, but it did create some serious issues in many DCs last year, both for outbound shipments and the inbound returns. While it might seem like an afterthought in the big picture of running a warehouse, it can be a surprisingly big problem that impacts productivity, customer satisfaction and even your space management.

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce Warehouse Efficiency

9 Easy Ways to Update Your Warehouse

How well did you feel your team handled the “pandemic pandemonium” in 2020? More than any other year we can remember, there was a yawning gap between the “winners and losers” across different industries, bases on a standard measure of revenue. But among the biggest “winners” on the demand side were many messy backend operations that were not prepared for the 2020 surge and struggled to keep up with the pace of shipments, returns and more.

Topics: Mobile Power Process Improvement Battery Warehouse Tips

In-Store Fulfillment and Ecommerce Channels Require Omnichannel Strategies

Last year retailers everywhere in every niche, B2B and B2C, had to either learn how to do Ecommerce and In-Store Fulfillment for the first time or learn to do it much better on a bigger scale than ever before. What businesses did to engage with customers on the front end – evolving their offerings into a multichannel or omnichannel presence – was not always matched by the evolution required in the back end for fulfillment.

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce In-store fulfillment

The Ecommerce Warehouse of 2021

2020 accelerated “Ecommerce sales” far beyond what anyone had imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Ecommerce going from about 12-14% of retails sales to anywhere between 18-25% of all retail sales. While it can be safely assumed that there will be a resumption of foot traffic to retails stores, malls, restaurants and others once the pandemic fully subsides, it is clear that the purchase habits of a large percentage of the population have been permanently altered. How much has changed and how your operations should be positioned to optimize it after what has been a year of just keeping up is worth exploring.

Topics: Order Picking Process Improvement ECommerce Planning