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Rethinking Your Picking Process for 2021

Among many of the challenges that 2020 forced so many businesses to solve was how to not just create a direct-to-customer fulfillment operation but to optimize it and standardize the processes enough to make it seem like less of the scramble that it was when all of this started almost a year ago. One specific process that was a common challenge for many businesses in 2020 was the Picking Process.

Topics: Order Picking Process Improvement Planning

The Evolving Changes in Supply Chain Planning

With the disruptions in supply chains all over the world making headlines in mainstream news channels, it’s a good time to revisit some basics on Supply Chain Planning (SPC) given that we now see a lot of businesses being forced to devote a lot more attention to this critical skill area than they may have before – because they did not have to.

Topics: Supply Chain Process Improvement Planning

Four KPIs to Watch for the Holiday Season

Holiday season, or “peak season” as it’s known in the industry, is a part of the annual “rhythm of the business” in the warehouse and logistics industry. In the US, it’s generally seen as encompassing the last four months of the year, and accounts for about 60% of all retail sales for the entire year. So there is never any doubt about the importance, the stress and the rewards involved in planning and executing for success every year.

Topics: Process Improvement Shipping warehouse industry

5 Ways to Make Your Returns Process Productive

As we have learned from managing the Ecommerce boom in 2020, the adrenalin of ramping up adequately to get hundreds – or thousands – of shipments out every day also has a “hangover” feeling that comes from the Returns process.

Topics: receiving Process Improvement Planning

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