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Reverse Logistics for Beginners

If you are like thousands of other businesses around the world this year, you probably can check off at least one of the boxes below:

  • We had to figure out how to do E-Commerce for the first time.
  • We previously dabbled with E-Commerce, but suddenly had to get good at it.
  • We’ve been doing E-Commerce for a while, but this year broke all our records.
  • Our Returns Process is messy, expensive and hard to manage to customer expectations.

If you’ve checked off either of the first two boxes, you probably needed to check off the last box too.

Topics: Warehouse Management ECommerce

Mobile Printing Solves a Problem You Didn't Know You Had

* This article was an original contribution from our own Kevin Ledversis seen in Zebra Technologies "Your Edge" Blog on June 16, 2020.

Did you know you are spending up to twice as much on labor on your receiving dock as you should be? Or that the error rates on your receiving labels could be 10 times what they should be? More importantly, did you know that many of your workers are taking far more footsteps in a day than they need to due to excessive trips to the printer? These are problems that many retailers and 3PLs don’t realize that they have.

The good news is that these are problems easily solved with transportable printers – or, should I say, a stationary desktop or full-size industrial label printer that can be made mobile.

Topics: Warehouse Management Printer Cart

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

Prevent Theft in your Warehouse - (Inspired by Amazon News)

Theft from the supply chain is an old problem that even the newest facilities can’t entirely eliminate. A recent arrest in the Seattle area showed just how big a dent a small group of industrious thieves can make in even the biggest player in the industry.

Topics: Warehouse Management Supply Chain Security

Out of Stock? Methods to Prevent Stockouts, Regardless of High Demand

Retailers are finding that consumer demand is getting more unpredictable — which increases the importance of changing the way they manage inventory. 

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control

How to improve productivity in your warehouse

In our business, it’s often easy to forget that for every customer that comes to us knowing exactly where they can improve productivity, there is at least two who aren’t sure if they have room to improve or where to start looking for opportunities.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Management

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

Getting a Grip on Inventory Management

With the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, there are a lot of messy warehouses out there digesting the aftermath of a contradictory set of challenges – depleted shelves, piles of returns, overstock on unpopular items and excess capacity. If you’re like most retailers – or manufacturers who are new to the E-commerce game in the last few years – then you are probably wondering how you ended up with so much overstock for some categories of your product, right?

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Retail

Managing Dock Traffic

There is perhaps no more important part of your facility than your dock. It’s the start – and the end – of your day, your end-to-end process, and your accounting for your shipments! So making the processes that depend on your dock as smooth and efficient as possible gives everything in-between a better foundation for success.

Topics: Warehouse Carts Warehouse Management Efficiency

The Hard Facts and Data on Your Space Management Issues

In our annual customer satisfaction survey, “Space” and “People” continued their five-year run as the top two issues that keep facility managers up at night. But what specifically is it about these issues that weigh so heavily on the minds of every type of customer we have – big, small, high-tech, simple, etc. An annual survey by FLEXE, a warehouse services group that runs a marketplace of over 800 warehouses provides some insights into the specific aspects of space management that are a concern for so many customers.

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Research