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How Can Powered Carts Change Your Warehouse Operations?

Warehouses are busy environments and seem only to be getting busier. With the growth of eCommerce and shrinking lead times, there’s more pressure than ever to move products quickly, maintain transparency in the supply chain, and elevate the customer experience.

 

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Process Improvement Warehouse Efficiency

6 Benefits of Reverse Logistics

Costs associated with the supply chain process have always been a concern for businesses. But those aspects of business results are magnified when the supply chain is suddenly rife with trouble.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Reverse Logistics

12 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Reverse Logistics Provider

If you’re in the business of moving products from Point A to Point B, logistics matter. Being able to efficiently fulfill the needs of your target audience is directly related to your ultimate business success.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Reverse Logistics

Managing the 5 R’s of Reverse Logistics

For many organizations, handling reverse logistics can be challenging. If you think about it, most supply chains are created to get products from point A to point B, not bring them back in the other direction.

 

Online ordering has made shopping so simple that customers expect an equally hassle-free returns process. While product returns might be one of the costs of doing business, how you handle the 5 Rs of reverse logistics can impact how much this process will affect your company’s overall results.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Warehouse Efficiency Reverse Logistics

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Warehouse Operations

There’s a common misconception that warehouses operate in an endless loop of basic processes that move items from point A to point B. Sure, things get moved. But the supply chain is increasingly faced with labor shortages, pandemic issues, and rapidly changing market conditions, making the warehousing environment more complex than ever.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement warehouse design

Heat Stress and How to Avoid It in the Warehouse

 

When the temperatures start to rise in the summer, so do the dangers to your warehouse staff. The U.S. experienced its hottest June on record in 2021, and there were over 31 million people subjected to heat advisories or excessive heat warnings in one month alone.

 

When it’s over 100 degrees outside, you can bet that the temperatures are much higher inside a warehouse or distribution center. That’s why it’s vital that fulfillment centers, warehouses, and 3rd party logistics providers understand the dangers of heat stress and take the proper steps to avoid it.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement warehouse design

How to Improve Manager-Worker Engagement in the Warehouse

Warehouses have been evolving for years, and the past few have been no exception. In an era impacted by a deadly pandemic, warehouses are among the rare businesses that experienced a surge in demand for workers, making it more important than ever for employers and managers to motivate their existing staff.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement ECommerce warehouse design

How to Increase Your Warehouse Space for Peak Season

It may seem odd to think about the holiday season during the heat of summer. But anyone working in retail or order fulfillment knows that the busy season is just around the corner. And those who are best prepared for the holiday rush and the logistical challenges it presents can reap the greatest rewards.

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement warehouse design Peak season

How to Do Quality Control at the Receiving Dock

One warehouse process that we don’t see discussed as frequently as we’d expect would be Quality Control (QC). While the need for QC for the products coming into the warehouse varies by industry or types of products, it tends to be overlooked in many of those places where you would expect to see it.

If any of the following scenarios applies to what you do in your facility, then read on, this could be something that helps:

  • You sell products are received directly from 3rd party manufacturing partners
  • You have products that have a traditionally high return rate
  • You have products that have high price points and are kept in secure storage

There are other scenarios that apply as well, but let’s prioritize covering these more common ones:

 

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce Quality Control Dock Design

An Introduction to Quality Control in Manufacturing

“Quality is Everyone’s Responsibility”

Edward Deming, considered to be a “God” in the eyes of the Japanese business community for his influence on their manufacturing sector after WWII is attributed as the source of the now somewhat obvious quote above. His philosophy was one that wanted us to see manufacturing as a “system,” not a series of bits and pieces of additive work.

Topics: Manufacturing Process Improvement Cost Reduction