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How Does Your Warehouse Compare For Space and Congestion? – Industry Benchmark Review, Part I

Unless your facility is consistently recognized as a bleeding edge innovator and always staying two steps ahead of the rest of your industry, you’re probably like the rest of us and are hungry to know more about how your facility performs or compares to your competitors or others in your industry.

Topics: Distribution Center Warehouse Management Warehouse ECommerce Industry Benchmark Review

Wasted Steps at the North Pole

Last week the Washington Post did some excellent work calculating a number of key statistics around the logistics of Santa’s big night of Christmas Eve (See “The Breathtaking Scale of Santa Claus’ Task on Christmas Eve - by Philip Bump”).

Topics: Productivity Metrics Warehouse

Warehouse Labor Best Practices

In October, Newcastle Systems’ own Kevin Ledversis was on a team of presenters in a webinar that dug into the challenges managers are facing with labor issues – sourcing, hiring, training and retaining in addition to things like performance and pay.  We’ve covered labor and staffing as a regular topic here over the years, and think the data that was assembled for this webinar is worth sharing widely.

Topics: Warehouse Staffing Cost Reduction Research

Is The 2019 Android Migration The Tipping Point For Mobility?

If you’re at all plugged into the pulse of the industry, you probably recognize your facility as one of the following:

  • Ultra-modern and already migrated to Android, with devices and plans for more of them.
  • In transition or planning to transition from Windows to Android, and hoping to use your existing devices a bit longer
  • Convinced that Android is only a phase, and adamant that your current green-screen devices are all you’ll ever need.
Topics: Mobility Warehouse Research

How Green is Your Warehouse?

Twenty years ago, making a DC/warehouse “green” was almost universally a very low priority if it made the list of near or long-term goals at all. As the digital age was just starting to ramp itself up with the advent of e-commerce, managers were more focused on the building blocks needed to transform their facilities to raise the volume, speed and variety of services they perform. But while the last twenty years have been almost exclusively a race for adapting the business into a speedier, direct-to-customer version of it’s pre-internet self, prioritizing factors like energy use, reduced packaging, etc. is becoming a desirable skill-set and focus of KPIs.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Efficiency

What type of mobile computer carts do you need in your warehouse?

The process for determining which mobile powered computer cart and/or stand-alone power package that best meets the requirements for your warehouse, factory or large retail store includes:

Topics: Workstation Configuration Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse

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

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