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With the growth of e-commerce, a strong economy, and a shortage of nearly 1M warehouse workers, the pressure to hire, train, and retain quality talent has never been more challenging.

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Topics: Supply Chain Event Staffing WERC

The Hidden Costs of Reverse Logistics

While logistics is typically forward-facing, focusing on the details and costs associated with getting items produced and delivered to end users, reverse logistics is concerned with the analysis of products going in the opposite direction.

Moving items backwards in the supply chain is how companies recoup value from products that are not useful in their current state or location, making reverse logistics just as important for effective supply chain management.

Topics: Supply Chain Cost Reduction MotionMeter

The Growing Importance of Reverse Logistics

Reverse logistics is already a fast-growing element of manufacturing and distribution, but lacks the wider understanding it deserves. As a result, many businesses that are unwittingly executing on reverse logistics are missing an opportunity to make it a smooth, efficient and potentially profitable part of their business as they would expect from other process areas.

Topics: Manufacturing Supply Chain 3PL

An Introduction to Warehouse and Logistics Software – Part II

As we said in Part One, (Here, in case you missed it), a short series of articles on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)  we did had some excellent feedback that compelled us to share some similar info for the Warehouse and Logistics space. (See parts One, Two and Three here). While Part One focused on the major systems that would be better known and practically required for most growing businesses, this week we focus on some lesser-known specialty solutions that we think are both compelling in their intent and potentially important enough that they will become commonplace in the future.

Topics: Warehouse Supply Chain Green Manufacturing

Understanding MES - Manufacturing Execution Systems

In the first article of this series, we saw how the top level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) work in the factory to deliver benefits against business goals and requirements, managing the flow of production for final products and sub-assemblies. Now it is time to delve into deeper levels of MES, looking at other areas within the factory that MES manages, that enable the final production flow to work smoothly and effectively.

Topics: Manufacturing Supply Chain ERP

The Importance of Reverse Logistics in Your Supply Chain

What are reverse logistics? How do they affect your supply chain? What can you do to leverage reverse logistics and improve your bottom line?

Read more to find out how the return of goods can actually create potential profit for your company. Learn how to measure and assess your company’s reverse logistics system. Find out some of the benefits that come with a good reverse logistics workflow.

Topics: Supply Chain

Supply Chain Analytics that Actually Matter

Understanding your supply chain is critical to running a successful business. Supply chain analytics refers to the insights and conclusions made from examining your supply chain.

There are specific drivers worth paying attention to. This article touches on four drivers in your supply chain that you need to know.

Topics: Metrics Supply Chain

How to Achieve Perfect Supply Chain Delivery with Lean

For most manufacturers, on-time delivery is seen as a bonus, not a requirement. Even though this metric can be incredibly valuable to the company and its clients, too many businesses are unable to meet such strict demands, and thus tend to treat is a luxury, not a defining characteristic.

Topics: Supply Chain Lean

How Complexity Will Destroy Your Supply Chain

Have you ever heard that the best working machine isn’t what you can’t add any more to, but the machine that you can’t take anything away from? Most often, simplifying a process is the best way to make sure that something works the best. The more moving parts you have in a machine or process, the more room for error you are going to have, the more pieces you are going to affect, and it might even be more difficult to locate the source of the actual problem.

Topics: Supply Chain

How to Design a Proactive Supply Chain

In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive, and ever-changing global economic environment, it is now more important that you are taking a proactive approach to your supply chain, as opposed to one that is reactive with transactional logistics.

Though certain reactive approaches in limited conditions may be appropriate, managing your global supply chain as a whole with the proactive approach will optimize your system. A proactive approach will allow you to more quickly and effectively approach changes to supply in demand, rather than addressing them after the fact.

Topics: Supply Chain