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Warehouse Employee Retention Techniques & Ideas PODCAST

Staffing, employee retention, and productivity are hot topics during an economy with a low unemployment rate of 3.7%. In August we shared the benefits of Big Ass Fans, and in July we shared how to reduce employee turnover and improve productivity.

Topics: Podcast Staffing Productivity

Retaining Warehouse Workers is as Simple as Reducing Walking

There has been much written about finding and retaining warehouse workers lately. These issues are not going away as eCommerce is expected to grow to $4 trillion by 2020. Who is going to do the work?

Topics: Efficiency Productivity Staffing Planning

Saving time: Dock-to-stock optimization is the key to getting products on and off the truck faster

Like most logistics operations, yours might point to “receiving” as the main starting point in your operation. Either because it’s a process that often begins earlier in the day with the overnight arrival of trucks delivering products from all parts of the country, or simply because it’s the point in which materials enter your facility thus setting the stage for all other processes.

Topics: News Efficiency Productivity

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

10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Warehouse

Orders to be pulled. Orders to be put away. Vendors backed up at the docks. The electrician is over there working on a problem with one of the charging stations. The life of a manager in a warehouse is one that requires the ability to wear many different hats at any given point in time. If only we could operate at a higher level of efficiency, you begin to say to yourself, most of these problems would not occur with such frequency. 

Topics: Warehouse Management Productivity Lean Manufacturing

10 Ways an Awesome Stock Picker Eliminates Wasted Steps

When a stock picker pulls inventory from warehouse shelving to fill a custom order, he or she can do it inefficiently – or efficiently. Here are 10 ways an awesome stock picker eliminates wasted steps:

1. Good pickers work with picking methods efficiently

Topics: Productivity Order Picking

The Order Picker Job Description from A to Z

As a forward-thinking manager at a warehouse, a distribution center, or in a manufacturing plant, you know the importance of orchestrating, sustaining, and leading a state-of-the-art work environment for your team, your vendors, and your customers. You strive to create a system that is not only well-organized and highly-efficient, but also safe and waste-free. While there are lots of variables that contribute to creating such an operation, one integral factor directly contributing to the success (or demise) of your facility is the work ethic of your order pickers.

From A to Z, here’s a look at the order picker job description: the ideal qualities, characteristics, and skills of top-of-the-line order pickers:    

Topics: Order Picking Productivity

Eliminating Hidden Downtime in the Warehouse with Mobile Workstations

One of your primary concerns may be the reduction of unnecessary downtime your company experiences on a daily basis.  This downtime may often go unnoticed, resulting in expenses and losses you are unable to account for or eliminate because you aren’t aware of the loss.  While hidden downtime can be costly to your company in many ways, did you know you can actually make changes to the workplace that will substantially reduce, if not entirely eliminate, this downtime altogether?

Topics: Productivity Mobile Workstation

Guidelines for Improving Productivity in a 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

Lean Manufacturing: 3 Critical Principles for Improving Productivity

The "go green" movement may have seemed like a passing fad many years ago when it first entered mainstream consciousness.  To some, it resembled something that brought to mind the free-spirited and anti-establishment countercultures of the late 1960s more than it did a modern step toward environmentally responsible living.  Despite skepticism, sustainable living has become an integral part of our daily lives.

Principles and standards that guide eco-friendly ways of living and doing business are often referred to as "lean" principles, and the term is used most frequently in the manufacturing industry.  Essentially, operating under lean concepts means you're trimming the fat, so to speak, and reducing the amount of by-products and waste generated by your company during the production process.  Originally introduced by Japanese automaker Toyota Production Systems, lean manufacturing focuses on eliminating everything that goes into creating your product, from employee labor to raw materials, that does not add value in some way for your customers.

Topics: Productivity Lean Manufacturing