Use Operational Assessment to Set, Report & Improve Productivity Goals

Many managers look only at the negatives when talking about warehouse productivity. But, most people want to be in Operational Assessment for Productivity Goalsalignment with your productivity goals and to contribute in meaningful ways to the success of your business.

As I conduct an operational assessment with companies focusing on benchmarking and productivity, I find many companies do not openly share their warehouse KPIs and results with employees. Many don’t even have a formal, weekly process for capturing and reporting the KPIs. Those that do a good job of the weekly reporting often don’t have department and individual employee productivity goals and don’t publicly publish the results. You can’t improve something you haven’t measured.

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How to Bring Flexibility To Your Supply Chain and Distribution

An agile supply chain is a system of product distribution that:

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10 Supply Chain Strategies for eCommerce Businesses

The Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu said, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”  

How does this apply to modern day fulfillment and Supply Chain?  Many fulfillment centers spend much of their time implementing reactive tactics without ever thinking through the strategy of what they are trying to achieve. The terms tactic and strategy are often confused and incorrectly used interchangeably.

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Warehouse Layout Design Principles

bigstock-Trucks-And-Warehouse-1129204There are several basic principles that apply to warehouse layout design and running an effective distribution center operation. Without the proper layout and design of your distribution center, no matter the square footage, you will face capacity issues, decreased productivity, and storage inadequacies. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the 28 key principles that you should consider for warehouse layout design and productivity.

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Selecting The Best Picking Method For Your E-commerce Business

Order picking is one of the most important functions in the warehouse - whether the customer has a positive or negative experience is based on the results of the picking process. Order accuracy and timely order fulfillment are keys to a successful customer experience. In addition to being a determining factor for customer satisfaction, picking and packing are generally the two areas where companies can gain the most significant labor cost savings.

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Who Will Project Manage Your ERP or Order Management System Implementation?

As we consult with multichannel companies on system selection and implementation, our experience is that about 50% of the larger installs (those spending over $1 million) are not delivered on time or within budget. 

For many companies, project failure is generally defined by the degree of cost over-run.  Schedule slippages go hand-in-hand with added costs since there is considerably more complexity to the total change than originally planned.  Many times, the newly installed system does not live up to the functional expectations of the user community and does not deliver the desired benefits.

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How to Improve Space Utilization in Your Fulfillment Center

crowded-warehouseWarehouses are expensive for companies to operate considering the total fulfillment costs of labor, occupancy, and storage and material handling assets. Often, warehouse space is 15 to 20% of the cost per order.

Increasing capacity of the warehouse should not be confined to changes in space use and increasing stock locations only. The assessment and solutions need to take into account the warehouse layout, product flow, labor efficiency, storage and material handling options, safety, throughput, and warehousing system functions, to name a few elements. It’s the integration of these elements that makes for efficiency.

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Top 6 Features to Look For In An Inventory Management System

Many businesses moved from inventory management system solely maintaining records and reporting on inventory to more strategic inventory requirements to plan, project and fill customer orders and improve profitability. With all of the options available today, how do you know which solution will work best for you and your business? And what features should you be looking for?

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How to Improve Your Spare Parts Warehouse Performance

The function of a spare parts warehouse is to stock all critical inventory parts, material, and tools necessary to maintain and keep a manufacturing line up and operational.  Often, spare parts warehouses are treated as a stepchild to the procurement or manufacturing of a business.  Neglecting your spare parts warehouses will not benefit your business as they often must go through transitions to improve their support of growing production volumes. 

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Use Initial Order Fill Rate to Measure Your Customer Service

When you look at all of the metrics multichannel companies can use to measure customer service, Initial Order Fill Rate (IOFR), or the percentage of orders that shipped complete, is the one that we think is best. But it’s also not often used.

Many consider IOFR to be just an inventory measure. But, its usefulness goes far beyond that. Here are four fill rate metrics and their formulae that companies use:

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