8 Ideas for Managing Warehouse Labor and Reducing Costs

Labor is typically the one of the largest distribution expense items, along with freight costs, for most companies. According to Indeed.com, the job employment website, the average base pay for warehouse workers is $16.78 in the U.S. However, when you factor in benefits such as healthcare, training and more – the fully loaded cost balloons to $28.86 per hour. Companies typically have the following costs over and above the base pay:

  • Benefits and healthcare: 35% of payroll costs
  • Workers comp and unemployment: 8% of payroll costs
  • Training: 4% of payroll costs
  • Recruitment, hiring and HR: 25% of payroll costs

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The 6-Step Plan To Conducting A Warehouse Management Audit

In today's challenging and competitive world, your success can hinge on whether your warehouse operations are productive and effective enough to meet customer expectations. 

One way to gauge how effectively your warehouse operations meet those expectations is to conduct a warehouse operations assessmentwarehouse assessment

A warehouse operations assessment, also known as a fulfillment center audit, is a systematic review of all warehouse functions and possible efficiency and service improvements. Keep in mind, that if you cannot measure something, it is difficult - if not impossible - to improve it. 

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10 Ways to Improve Your Internal Benchmarking Programs

One of the most important pieces to managing your operations is to understand how your workers are performing, how costs are trending, and what to do based on what the data is saying. For companies that are just beginning to implement metrics and KPIs, the task can seem daunting. For companies that have utilized benchmarking for quite some time, they might have benchmarking that needs to be reviewed and evaluated. Consider these 10 aspects to improve your internal benchmarking programs.

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The Dangers of Choosing to Go Multi DC and How to Mitigate the Risks

Multi distribution center strategies and risksMany retail and ecommerce companies are feeling more pressure to reduce time in transit to the end customer, pushing the operations to provide options for supporting this. Being closer to the customer in general is a good thing, but for many companies, this can lead to disaster. Because of the complexity, it’s easy to under-estimate the order processing, WMS, and process changes required; recruiting and hiring costs; additional inventory investment and the financial implications.  

It’s not uncommon for businesses to commit to multi-DC, only to have disastrous results which can cost the business significant cash and erode the customer base, or worse, put them out of business. Our objective isn’t to dissuade companies from going multi-DC, but to identify the risks, costs and where companies fail to properly plan and execute.

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4 Storage Options for Efficient Spare Parts Inventory Management

It can often seem overwhelming to try and find that one spare part needed in the vast sea of inventory that is the spare parts warehouse. As warehouse and stock room consultants, we see it all too often, thousands of parts in inventory with no real plan to store or organize them efficiently.

It may seem like it will never get better, but with the right storage solutions, your spare parts warehouse can be an organized and well-oiled machine, just like the ones your parts help to fix and maintain. There are many different solutions that range in cost and complexity. There is something available for all size parts and all size inventories.

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4 Ways to Prepare Your Operations for a Recession

Managing Distribution Center Operations in a RecessionIt is hard not to conclude that the US will be in the midst of another recession based on the economic indicators. How major the financial impact might be, or how long the recession might last is less clear. Building operational resilience and developing problem/solution scenarios prior to a recession will allow you to be more nimble and weather the impending economic downturn.

It is important to have a plan for addressing these challenges versus just hoping it does not occur. “Hope” is not a strategy. The key is to include the various department heads early in the discussions; identify areas that should be reviewed; and develop a course of action.

Based on previous recessions, we have compiled a list of areas where operations should proactively address.

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6 Things All Fulfillment Centers Should Assess Today

As you and your operations team begin down the road of performing an operations assessment to improve warehouse logistics, it can quicky begin to feel overwhelming. If you know the right areas to cover and focus on, the process will be much smoother and produce better results. One key tip is to allocate certain parts of the assessment to different team members. Within any supply chain strategy, it is important to remember that data is imperative. The first step in your assessment should be to gather all important data related to the warehouse operations.

As warehouse consultants and having performed many assessments over the years, we have developed the following key areas that an assessment needs to cover.
 
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17 Ways to Save Money and Reduce Fulfillment Costs

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As part of our distribution consulting services, we have performed hundreds of operational assessments and identified several ways companies can save money through improved order processing and inventory storage.  We have compiled the following quick-hitting list that will assist in reducing your supply chain operating expenses and improving customer satisfaction. 

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9 Reasons To Audit Your Fulfillment Center Operations

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Over the years, many facets have changed within supply chains and distribution center operations. Wages and consumer demand have increased dramatically, however, the availability of quality labor to meet the order volumes and customer expectations are less than desirable.

It is imperative in today’s evolving supply chain environment to become more efficient and productive while making every effort to reduce labor and operational costs. There are many ways to go about this arduous task, but one of the first and most practical steps is to perform a warehouse operations assessment.

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7 Benefits of Using Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) in Your Operations

In the supply chain and across distribution centers, operations professionals are continually needing to maximize space, gain efficiencies and reduce labor costs – all while providing the highest customer service possible. As warehouse consultants we take an objective approach to solving these challenges with clients, which includes evaluating various storage and picking systems.

In our efforts to expose warehouse operators to a broad spectrum of options, we developed this article to help companies understand what is a Vertical Lift Module, and how Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) could be implemented into the operations.

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