How To Conduct A Post Implementation Audit of Your Recently Installed System

After months of preparation, systems customizations, file conversions, training, etc., you have just implemented your new ERP, OMS, WMS or Forecasting system. The Go Live isn’t as problem free as you’d like. What next?

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3 Factors to Consider in Your 2018 Fulfillment Strategy

A perfect storm is forming which may batter your 2018 fulfillment strategy. First, lead times for purchasing capital equipment increased in late 2017. Secondly, the new tax law accelerates depreciation of equipment and buildings, creating more demand for capital products. Lastly, the low vacancy rate of existing warehouses will affect e-commerce business' warehouse expansion possibilities.

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3 Imperatives for Labor In Your Warehouse Operations

As you finish the holiday season and begin your post season analysis, we think it should be a high priority this year to assess the quality and availability of the workforce in your market. Here are a few top level factors that indicate to us labor may become a major issue for our industry:

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Challenge Employees to Help You Make More Money

It’s amazing to us how little people know about how companies operate and make money. The political rhetoric has twisted the word profit to mean greed. Corporations are made out to be villains when in fact 80% of all companies in the country and this industry are small business entities which create the majority of new jobs.

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Due Diligence Best Practices for Warehouse Selection

In most markets, warehouse space is in short supply, especially for facilities that are 100,000 square feet and larger. As you look for facilities to lease or buy, an in-depth due diligence process is crucial to your success, as new space is a major investment and a long-term commitment.

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How to Reduce Fulfillment Errors in Your Warehouse Operation

The cost of a fulfillment error to your business is between $35 and $50. But the most severe error not factored into this number is an error that causes you to lose a customer and their lifetime value. In our blog “What’s The Real Cost of a Fulfillment Error to Your Business?”, we discussed how to identify the cost of an error. In this blog, we concentrate on the identifying the major causes of errors and practices which will decrease or eliminate them.

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5 Fulfillment Imperatives for Startups and Emerging Companies

The growth of ecommerce startups and emerging companies (under $5 million in sales) has been amazing over recent years. As we work with them, successful direct-to-customer businesses learn quickly how to provide good customer service at the lowest possible costs.

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How to Develop A Plan to Move Your Fulfillment Center

Whether you’re orchestrating a move to your own fulfillment center, or a different 3PL facility, the process is time consuming. There are many details and logistics to consider and plan.

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7 Ways to Improve Your WMS Testing Process

Consider this client example. After two years of planning and construction of a new 500,000-square-foot distribution center, testing was started for a new warehouse management system (WMS) – four months before the opening date and the holiday season.

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Early Gap Analysis Improves ERP Software Conversion Success

Whether it’s an ERP, OMS or WMS conversion, your company will spend many months selecting a new system. You’ve written your user requirements; sent the RFP to a short list of vendors; had software demos; called references and made several site visits. Your selection committee has reviewed all the findings and you’ve selected a finalist. The next step normally will be to negotiate the contracts for licenses, professional services, support and hardware.

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