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A Look at Warehousing for Manufacturers

Warehouse design and management are an art form and  science unto their own. 3PLs and large retailers, in particular, have taken what was once a slow-moving, unseen part of a cost-center in the business and turned it into a highly efficient, increasingly automated, carefully measured and service-focused asset. Manufacturers, on the other hand, while being at the leading edge of automation, measurement and efficiency on the production floor, may not always apply the same level of industrial design planning and management as they would normally demand.

As it turns out, warehouse operations for a manufacturing facility have a lot of similarities as other types of businesses, but do have some requirements that are unique to their needs.

Topics: Manufacturing Warehouse Management Warehouse

Celebrate The Mad Skills in Your Warehouse

Recently our own Christine Wheeler and Drew Arnold had the pleasure of attending The 2nd Annual Pallet Games, hosted and organized by MavPak, Inc. in Plainfield, Indiana. It was a great opportunity to appreciate the kind of mad skills that are in use every day inside your warehouse, as well as a chance to give those teams some exposure and recognition for what they do.

Topics: Warehouse Event Contest

How To Maintain All of Your Warehouse Batteries

It’s not a secret that battery power has become a key ingredient in the equipment portfolio of the average warehouse. However, for most facilities, batteries are often an overlooked item that is seen as just an “accessory” whose importance is overlooked in the day-to-day operations. But with the growing variety of applications and the complexity of different kinds of battery chemistry becoming prevalent in the mix. Today we’ll look at the best practices involved in charging and maintaining the various types of batteries you currently use – or will use - every day in your facility.

Topics: Warehouse Lithium Iron Phosphate Lithium Power

Touring Strand’s Apples Added Value Warehouse to Process the Harvest

What kind of facility looks like a factory but isn’t? Or looks like a warehouse, but looks far more industrial than a typical facility with racks principally designed for storage? The “Added-Value Warehouse” is something of a hybrid. It is a facility that does some additional work on a product before it ships out rather than just storing, picking, packing and shipping previously finished products.

Topics: Video Case Studies Warehouse

5 Ways to Improve Warehouse Worker Retention

Despite low unemployment and a long-term economic growth streak with record profits now approaching a full decade, distribution centers and warehouses have continued to experience trouble retaining skilled or experienced staff. The problem lies more in how management values the contribution of their people in those facilities – which also makes it somewhat easier to resolve. Today we look into the problem with the help of some great research from ProLogistix through the WERC organization.

Topics: Distribution Center Trends Warehouse

The Warehouse of the Future

The Real Meaning of “Future” - One thing that everyone hates to admit about “future articles” is that the reality of what they talk about is already here. The rest of us are behind the curve trying to catch up!  While we are assigning these innovations to the “future” - perhaps to give us more time to budget for them – it certainly doesn’t hurt to invest our time into learning our options and planning ahead for the opportunity to take the leap with something new.

Topics: Distribution Center Warehouse IoT

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

An Introduction to Warehouse and Logistics Software – Part I

We recently ran a short series of articles (See parts One, Two and Three here) on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) a key software solution essential in the Manufacturing world. We had some excellent feedback on the articles and realized that while prolific with sharing our thoughts on the warehouse and logistics space where equipment, process, and people are concerned, we never really spent much time talking about software solutions that help connect it all together and make it work. This week we are going to dive a little deeper in the topic and will offer more information during the coming year.

Here is Part I of a sampling of the basic software systems everyone should be aware of if you are looking to do more automation or in-process KPI tracking:

Topics: Warehouse Process Improvement ERP

Why Robots Won't Replace Warehouse Workers

Despite the fact that ‘Sophia’, a humanoid robot, was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia and the growing fear and trepidation among retail and warehouse workers in the past decade, the integration of robotics and automation into warehouse processes is hardly the job “Robot Job Stealing Apocalypse” it has been made out to be.

Topics: Technology Video Warehouse Automation

The Invisible Inventory - What's Missing in Your Warehouse Management

I often see areas of inventory which have no visibility in a system due to poor processes. For example, inbound goods sitting in trucks is very common.  When a formal receiving schedule does not exist, it is easy to get variances in arrival times. Consider these scenarios when inventory can become invisible:

Topics: Inventory Control Warehouse Cash Flow