Utilizing mobile solutions such as a tablet can optimize management. Here are the features to consider when selecting a tablet for industrial needs.
New supply chain services and solutions in 2022.
Holman Logistics provided its client with Extraordinary Service resulting in seamless execution for a warehouse move done in record time.
Evan Distribution Systems deployed its warehousing solutions to ensure manufacturer Kenda Rubber’s tires arrived at its customer locations from Taiwan on time, damage-free, and with the least amount of cost to Kenda.
A warehouse management system provides business agility in an unparalleled manner—integrating all aspects of the supply chain to allow companies to scale.
Warehouse processes must respond to variable needs and can no longer be uniform or one-size-fits-all. Agile systems capable of adapting to change quickly must be implemented.
Innovative technology increases productivity, combats unpredictability, and streamlines processes. An augmented, connected worker is more efficient and more valuable than ever before.
While warehouse and logistics professionals are great at problem-solving, they often don’t have access to data that will help them anticipate factors that will impact their operational efficiencies. AI, however, can. Here are four ways AI-powered orchestration engines can help improve productivity and efficiency in warehouse settings.
Efficiency starts with an organized and free flowing work area. A Mezzanine and Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC) might be the perfect place to start.
Warehouse employment has reached new highs as e-commerce sales are higher than any previous point in time. Businesses may need to increase salaries by as much as 3.5% to compete for talent for such high-demand roles.
From variable allocation strategies to mixed demand consolidation needs, the warehouse management system can be a valuable tool to achieve resilience in the face of changing consumer demand patterns and delivery timelines.
Rapid and profound changes in business operations are driving robotics and automation, which allow companies to cost-effectively act more flexibly and nimbly. Here are some real-world examples of companies experiencing the benefits of deploying robotics and other types of automation.
By working as partners, third-party logistics providers and shippers take on today's warehousing challenges.
To build a program that has the strength and support to last, follow these practices and leverage your staff’s experience and expertise.
The demands that shaped the industry in 2020 will continue in 2021, leaving warehouses to evaluate how they will keep pace with consumer and commercial demands. The adoption of new technologies will help optimize operations for years to come.
Warehouses and fulfillment centers should take these precautions to mitigate COVID-19 risks, keep the workforce safe, and avoid costly downtime.
By weeding out detention costs, trimming inefficiencies, and seeding visibility and productivity, yard management systems (YMS) can fertilize your supply chain.
LEO satellites will enable e-commerce companies to take orders from everywhere and anywhere, allowing all countries, developed or not, to share what we take for granted.
While revenue for the global warehouse automation market will likely decrease in 2020, order intake will grow significantly, according to Interact Analysis' forecast. Take a look at other predictions in the report.
A well-designed Wi-Fi network will reduce the amount of time devoted to maintaining, troubleshooting, and/or “fixing” the wireless network, and keep workers happy and productive. Here are three signs a warehouse may be due for a wireless site assessment.
WMS solutions are top of mind now more than ever as customer buying patterns continue to change. These forward-thinking solutions can help your business react quickly to today’s new fulfillment demands.
Don White, CEO, SnapFulfil North America, shares 10 tips for adjusting warehouse operations in a post-pandemic economy.
While it’s easy to pass off returns as primarily an e-commerce or retail issue, the fact is it’s a challenge all distributors face.
How technology innovation is changing the nature of many warehouse jobs.
Supply chain managers don’t have to sacrifice worker safety to maintain production levels during COVID-19. Incorporating automation into warehouses can help solve the problem.
In this competitive and sizable market, space availability is at an all-time low while competitive pressures have never been higher. Warehouse managers can achieve more with less using these five crucial tips.
E-commerce growth and warehouse labor shortages create the perfect storm for online retailers. Undaunted, companies face these challenges with ongoing technology, equipment, and warehouse space innovations.
Managing peak period shipment volume is a structural challenge in the U.S. economy. Thomas Eldridge Campbell, chief strategy officer of Capacity, shares five techniques that can help warehouses maintain service level agreements during peak demand periods.
New research from market intelligence firm Interact Analysis finds that, during the past few years, the warehouse automation market has seen double-digit growth rates driven in part by the rise of e-commerce and omni-channel retail. Here's what you need to know.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced tags, cameras, sensors, robotics, and more, all generating and needing a steady flow of data to run your warehouse. Countless case studies have found them to be faster, more efficient, and less prone to errors than us humans.
Hollingsworth assisted a leading automotive manufacturer with an unexpected surge via strategic negotiations and savvy adjustments to inventory management.
Machine learning provides valuable insights for warehouses that handle vast inventories, a broad product range, where each product requires different storage locations, picking procedures, and handling needs.
Visibility to actions and status at the loading dock can be challenging, but providing that visibility, such as through the Kelley Digital Master Control Panel, can create powerful advantages to maximizing throughput.
Outdated warehouse processes and procedures reduce productivity and raise costs, but some simple changes can help you save money and improve efficiency, according to Realtime Despatch.
To optimize their supply chains, shippers should leverage warehouse innovations, implement an optimal TMS and WMS, and determine the best warehouse site.
Sectors such as food and beverage, industrial, and cold storage emphasize using data and metrics to improve efficiency, and loading dock control systems such as Serco Digital Master Control Panels can play a crucial role in that pursuit.
A series of convergent events are raising national supply chain costs at every touch but investing in processes and people, and aligning with phenomenal logistics partners will offset a good measure of the costs and increase customer satisfaction.
A growing number of warehousing and logistics companies are incorporating robots to remain competitive in a market driven in large part by consumers that demand rapid fulfillment.
Budweiser Budvar Brewery increased warehouse utilization 19% by replacing RFID-Powered forklift tracking with SEWIO RTLS.
A Q&A with Scott Cornell, transportation business lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers, on how to avoid theft during the holiday season.
Amway India boosted warehouse efficiency and accuracy by deploying JDA’s warehouse management solutions.
When the time arrives to consider investing in additional space, many distribution centers, retailers and businesses dependent on warehouses face a dilemma: should the organization move to a new facility, build an addition, or try to retrofit an older warehouse? And, in the case of a retrofit or addition, what can be done to make an aging or existing warehouse space more suitable?
Greater adoption of GS1 standards could transform the way we work with barcodes and help warehouse managers achieve maximum efficiency.
Today, software underpins many warehouse functions, giving leaders a new source of productivity and efficiency insights—and a new concern for corporate security. Here’s how to boost all three: productivity, efficiency, and security.
Let’s dive into seven of the most common warehouse challenges and explore potential solutions to help make your warehouse operations more efficient.
Brian C. Neuwirth of UNEX Manufacturing reveals how to boost warehouse productivity with improved order picking processes, better organization, and greater efficiencies in order to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.
Staffing is key to a warehouse’s ability to grow and manage a large and sometimes multi-state workforce. Here’s how to perform your due diligence on your staffing providers to ensure that you are minimizing your exposure to potential issues.
Warehouse risks and vulnerabilities are increasingly complex, and many policies simply aren’t keeping up with today’s sophisticated new systems and regulations.
Technology from Crown Equipment helps a fine foods supplier optimize its order-picking process.
Slotting – determining the locations of your SKUs in your warehouse – used to be an easy concept. But in the new world of warehousing focusing exclusively to a large degree on e-commerce sales, this is no longer simple.
The deal comes at a critical time for the Silicon Valley-based electric car company, as it prepares for Model 3 production and readies to face one of the largest growth phases in the company’s history.
Here are six ways to stay on top of the demands of split case picking in the face of the eCommerce revolution.
Selecting the best metrics at your company’s distribution centers requires the right tools, careful study, and constant collaboration.
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.
Classic Distributing increases pick rates by 22% with the Jungheinrich® low-level order picker.
Tip the scales toward greater efficiency in your warehouse by investing in industrial weighing equipment. Start by weighing the following options.
Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.
How powersports manufacturer Monster Moto worked with UPS to redesign its supply chain as it moved its product assembly from China to the U.S.
Thirty years ago, third-party logistics providers offered mainly rudimentary logistics and warehousing services. Today, however, many 3PLs offer complex solutions that help companies achieve strategic goals.
Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Warehouse owners, operators, and facility managers can reap operational savings by looking up: at warehouse lighting. Switching to LED solutions cuts more than costs.
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
Consolidation warehouses typically contend with labeling inconsistency in e-commerce orders. Here's how to boost read rates for packages and avoid manual handling.
Use this advice to get your distribution center prepared before holiday orders come rolling in.
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
How do industry leaders plan to keep up with these unprecedented demands? The short answer is technology investment.
New technology abounds inside the four walls of a distribution center. From narrow aisles configurations, specialized rack systems and lift equipment to optimize stacking capabilities, WMS software that integrates with automated sortation systems, and self-guided intelligent robotic vehicles, innovations in materials handling products are transforming the supply chain.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
As warehouse heights have increased with the help of new materials handling technology, so have the risks. Here's one way to meet fire codes as well as cut sprinkler costs.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
A sweating warehouse floor slab is not easily eliminated. Here's how DC occupants and building owners can address this perplexing problem.
Before selecting a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), you have to know what drives your company to select features that target your specific needs. Use this advice to select the right WMS.
Robots coming soon to a warehouse near you; The supply chain plays a key role in developing circular economies; OSA-related driver fatigue causes new safety rule proposals
Warehouses can use a number of techniques to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) – the ”guaranteed” turnaround time for an order to go out – during peak demand periods.
The warehouse design of tomorrow is flexing to meet the physical needs of basic warehouse operators as well as more highly automated e-commerce fulfillment centers.
Waveless fulfillment consistently maximizes warehouse productivity by assigning orders on a real-time basis as resources and fulfillment opportunities become available.
Here are three immediate steps shippers can take to build more robust operations in their warehouses, helping them both deal with dimensional weight pricing and grow more efficient overall.
Using pallet collars in the warehouse can increase how efficiently your goods are stored, shipped, and delivered.
Launching a cost cutting, productivity-enhancing, or sustainability initiative creates efficiencies with environmental benefits and cost reductions.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Through automated, rules-based wave management and replenishment, American Hotel Register Company was able to eliminate manual sortation and create multiple, tailored options to proactively release orders by type.
The warehouse management system (WMS) has emerged as a valuable tool for tracking and streamlining tasks, the workforce, and material/equipment flows. Here are two factors driving its adoption today.
Profile of Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse and Distribution
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
When an outdated warehouse management system was putting a dent in a distributor’s workflow, it turned to a technology partner to grow its e-commerce business.
Sound strategies for maintaining, optimizing, and modernizing materials handling systems can mitigate risk in today’s DC and go a long way toward ensuring a smooth ride in the supply chain.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
Investments in pick/put-to-light technology, wearables, robotic AGVs, high-speed conveyors, voice-directed picking, and a warehouse control system equate to an automated, smart, and efficient distribution center.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
SendOutCards keeps its personal touch while improving its greeting card and gift order fulfillment processes with Snapfulfil’s warehouse management system.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
Transportation and logistics deal value continues to rise; distribution centers prepare to reduce picking errors; mobile-based freight brokerage; predictive analytics and Internet of Things revolutionize procurement
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
Warehouse operations no longer allow for “business as usual” practices. New initiatives and strategic investments in capital improvements will lead to greater returns in productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Investing in the latest materials handling equipment, WMS technology, and physical building improvements will result in a fully integrated distribution center.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
E-commerce is leaving a trail of brick-and-mortar debris in its wake.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
Supply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
It is essential to have damage prevention measures in place for racking systems to avoid employee injury and minimize loss.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
Developing an efficient and safe warehouse can be challenging. Use this advice to get the most out of your warehouse.
Digital technologies are shaking up supply chain solutions; Maritime industry opposes Keystone XL Pipeline amendment; Procurement is the gateway to innovation, collaboration, and revenue growth; Introducing the 10 best warehouse networks
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
A modular warehouse control system can help smaller operations keep up with larger competitors.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
Mobile communication technologies facilitate warehouse efficiency and productivity.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
Bar-code reading errors slowed Champion Tire and Wheel’s operation; a new laser scanner got the company back on track.
Warehouse technology that supports communication and data analysis improves efficiency and reduces waste.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
Voice-directed technology can help improve worker safety and reduce employee-training time, yet some companies avoid them because of these five common misconceptions.
An improving economy and e-commerce growth spur demand for warehouse space.
This article provides a step-by-step guide to logistics network optimization.
Companies planning new distribution centers or warehouses weigh process data to choose materials handling equipment.
Pallets are a vital piece of warehouse equipment for storing and moving products.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Automated materials handling tools boost warehouse productivity and improve efficiency.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Follow these steps to choose a warehouse management system to improve fulfillment operations and inventory visibility.
New books on supply chain, logistics, and transportation help logistics professionals stay sharp.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
The right pick-to-light system can help increase productivity, improve accuracy, and increase picking speeds.
Tools such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and advanced picking solutions support lean supply chain operations.
Reducing warehouse energy and water consumption helps companies improve their bottom line and bring value to customers.
Successful order fulfillment begins with strategic and tactical planning well in advance of the holiday season.
Warehouses and DC networks adapt to changing supply chain trends; U.S. FTZ activity continues to grow; Trendset malfeasance raises red flag for shippers.
To optimize warehouse operations, integrate solutions like warehouse management systems and warehouse control systems.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Changing consumer expectations and demand for greater efficiency, economy, and productivity present new twists and turns in warehouse automation.
Technology management can affect warehouse operations’ connectivity during and after a power outage. Whether the facility’s warehouse management system (WMS) is installed on-site, delivered via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program, or hosted in the cloud can have a huge impact on maintaining productivity, writes John Sterling of Foxfire Software.
Parties storing goods in warehouses need to be alert to liens on their goods, writes Ron Leibman of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti LLP. To avoid unpleasant surprises, both parties to a warehousing agreement must understand their rights and the documents that cover their transactions.
A warehouse control system that integrates voice-directed picking technology, a high-speed sortation system, and scanning technology streamlined party goods supplier Oriental Trading Company’s picking, packing, and shipping operations.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)
By working together to align the processes by which shippers tender freight and carriers receive it, supply chain partners can achieve greater efficiency at the loading dock while improving safety, quality, performance, and margins for all stakeholders.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
Warehouses are one component within a much larger distribution ecosystem, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
A consultant, integrator, and wholesaler share some warehouse wisdom.
Tablets offer several advantages over notebook computers and handheld devices, says Chris Wright, DRS Technologies.
Warehouse managers are using a mix of consumer-grade smartphone technology and rugged mobile devices to optimize their workflow, says Laura Kelleher of Honeywell.
Applying lean principles to materials handling equipment purchases and configurations helps companies cut costs, writes Robert Arndt, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Developing a customized warehouse management system (WMS) was a collaborative process for packaged food products direct-sales company Tastefully Simple and technology provider Softeon.
Retailers such as Brookstone, BuySeasons, Pet Supplies Plus, and Wayfair streamline their supply chains to deliver better customer service.
More efficient operations are the key to warehouse productivity – and, in turn, more satisfied customers, according to Kenco’s Jason Minghini.
Healthy warehouses use strategies such as one-on-one training, layout optimization, materials handling equipment, adjustable partitions, performance measurement tools, wrist-mounted bar-code scanners, and energy-efficient lighting.
Warehouse operations visibility means knowing the real-time location of your materials handling vehicles, drivers, and inventory so operations can be optimized for maximum productivity, says Phil Van Wormer of Sky-Trax.
Industry experts explain how to avoid threats to warehoused goods, conduct a global security assessment, and benefit from renewed government and private sector attention to supply chain security initiatives.
Optimizing materials handling equipment and processes in the warehouse impacts the entire supply chain.
Industrial property developers are cultivating greener distribution facilities and nurturing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards compliance. The bounty? A harvest of benefits for their tenants.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Charlie Jacobs of APL Logistics explains the cost savings and efficiency benefits of implementing lean practices, as demonstrated by three warehousing case studies.
Jeremy Woods of Summit Realty Group explains how an orchestrated strategy to integrate supply chain, energy use, and real estate costs can help save money.
Collaborative distribution lets manufacturers, especially consumer product goods (CPG) companies, merge loads destined for the same end point to maximize trucking efficiency.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Using colors, shapes, numbers, and mnemonics in warehouse signage can help reduce training and picking errors, while improving service.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Boost your cross-docking operation's throughput for more efficient one-stop shipment, with these tips from Nelson Bettencourt of CEVA Logistics.
When selecting a site for a new warehouse or distribution center, there's a second infrastructure that demands attention: the power generation and delivery system.
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
Ferber Warehousing's 650 clients benefit from the firm's innovative total business distribution software solution, Conveyor.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
For a fictional company looking to expand its franchise nationally, DC network optimization is a measure of real success.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
Fuel-optimized forklifts? Check. Energy-efficient light bulbs? Check. Here's your cheat-sheet for warehouse sustainability efforts, courtesy of Rajiv Saxena of APL Logistics.
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.
Managers should identify and focus on the most useful warehouse metrics to gather, report, and apply, writes Eric Allais of PathGuide Technologies.
Smart companies carefully select and intelligently apply automation not only to boost productivity, but also to turn the distribution center into a competitive weapon, writes Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems Inc.
Acquiring a warehouse and implementing a warehouse management system from Cambar Solutions helped The School Box earn top grades for its distribution operation.
Moving freight in 2022 can be a tricky business. Not only are ongoing supply chain slowdowns generating opportunities for cargo thieves, but in today’s day and age, increased reliance on technology brings a whole new set of vulnerabilities with it.
Helping to increase worker safety and comfort, boost productivity and efficiency, and bring about cost savings, wearable technologies like hands-free wrist and ring bar-code scanners, smart glasses, and ergonomic safety monitors are increasingly in demand.
A warehouse management system should be adaptable, fast, affordable, and scalable to offer a low entry point into the warehouse, while providing a platform that expands exponentially according to the client's requirements, Mantis recommends.
Whether its raw materials or popular holiday products a primary objective is to get goods to your customers exactly when and where they need it. Here are 10 tips for managing inbound transportation.
To best serve those who serve, Lisa Mernin, director of operations at military equipment supplier ADS, doesn’t look for the cheapest partners; she looks for the best value and prioritizes customer service.
When its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution could no longer effectively handle its range of products, as well as the multiple delivery channels it offers its clients, Lawn Equipment Parts Co (LEPCO) found a replacement with VAI.
In last-mile logistics, a combination of quality talent, technology and the human touch quickly brings about improved efficiency, increased transparency, and limited freight damage.
When shopping for a warehouse management system (WMS), one size doesn't fit all. To narrow your search, look for solutions with these must-have features to meet your current and future business demands.
Warehouse management systems are coveted now more than ever as consumer behaviors continue to shift. This short list of leading solutions can help your business stay agile to meet surging fulfillment demands.
Marcia Brey, vice president of distribution at GE Appliances, used constant communication with the executive team and front-line workers to implement new safety protocols and keep all facilities running when the pandemic hit.
Understanding the underlying causes behind the logistics labor shortage is key to addressing it. Here are the strategies implemented by Taylored Services to combat the shortage.
Warehouse and DC managers are following the lead of their e-commerce peers and looking at ways to streamline their receiving and warehouse processes. One of the smartest places to start is also one of the simplest—barcode label printing.
Easily overlooked, pallets are nothing short of critical to supply chains, supporting efficiency goals and sustainability objectives.
The virus economy may have spawned an increase in investing in automation, but wearables and new handheld devices remind us that humans have the edge over robots in terms of efficiency, flexibility, and costs for many supply chain-related jobs.
From switching to energy-efficient lighting to installing solar panels, here are some tips to help you build a greener warehouse.
From better-for-you snacks to sustainable Skittles packaging, these are the latest supply chain trends in candy and confections.
Craft spirit makers like Montanya Distillers are limited to distributing liquor in select states. The Spirit Hub warehouse management platform helps the distiller sell directly to consumers while staying compliant with regulations across the country.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain in February 2021.
Q&A with Locus Robotics, discussing how shippers can gain the flexible automation needed to meet today's demands and position themselves for growth.
Calculating the coverage rate and the turnover rate are excellent ways to add resiliency to your supply chain. To do this you will need a solution in which you can accurately track data in real time.
How will digital technologies and automated solutions help your supply chain succeed in this new, post-pandemic reality? For starters, they increase resilience in the face of disruption and support your workforce.
Hygiene plays a critical role in manufacturing employees’ safety. Industry leaders must consistently prioritize employee health and provide the tools, resources, and appropriate working conditions to achieve hygiene compliance and ensure successful recovery.
Read the latest supply chain updates in technology, transportation, products, and services in January 2021.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain in December 2020.
With the right inventory management solution, businesses can flex and adapt quickly regardless of market conditions. These eight tips from Oracle NetSuite will help you pick an inventory management solution that positions your business for success.
Here are some key strategies for improving your supply chain in the current environment, as well as preparing to adapt to the uncertainties ahead.
Optimizing warehouse efficiencies is an important first step before implementing automation.
Information technology leaders should focus on these three key areas in their warehouse operations to stay competitive in 2021 and beyond.
With better visibility into loading dock activity, companies can bring significant improvements to their warehouse operations.
Gulf Winds provided a lightweight equipment solution for a major chemical shipper that maximized product loading and achieved significant savings.
Following these guidelines can boost your chances for successfully implementing a warehouse management system.
Cold storage facilities have their own unique challenges and, therefore, require unique tools for optimized efficiency and cost savings. Here are 10 tips for optimal cold storage efficiency.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
The chemical distribution industry poses a unique challenge for warehouses and carriers due to the wide range of goods that fall under strict regulatory requirements for handling, storage, and shipping. Finding a 3PL partner who can meet these expectations is critical and often requires considerable research and evaluation.
Working together with IoT, AI, drones and other advanced technologies, WMS solutions help warehouses gain accuracy, efficiency, and speed.
Fulfillment centers have adapted throughout COVID-19, supplying workers with masks, suspending in-person meetings, and enhancing their cleaning protocols. Suppliers will need to remember the lessons learned, even beyond the pandemic.
Don’t delay. Create an agile, real-time approach. Have an effective communication strategy, one that includes internal users, vendors, and carrier partners. This will have a critical impact on your success.
A premium CPG company turned to Hub Group to develop a dynamic solution to eliminate supply chain inefficiencies and support a surge in volume.
GM's executive director of global aftersales supply chain, warehousing, and logistics discusses her role and answers the big questions.
Barcode labels are a smart and cost-effective way to make productivity gains in your warehouse.
Whatever challenges your perishable goods operation faces, it’s likely that the right 3PL can offer innovative solutions.
A third-party logistics provider with its own dedicated workforce is still a company's best option for handling and storing sensitive goods.
With new technology that assembles objective information to support well-informed decisions, warehouse managers can base decisions about their loading docks on data rather than assumptions.
Product spotlight on fulfillment innovations
A look at how robotics are currently being used, as well as how they'll be used in the future.
This story examines the labor management challenges associated with warehouse safety and recommends some best practices.
Georgia, a leading point of origin for companies to move products to their customers, has an inherent geographical advantage that is enhanced by a superior infrastructure and its status as home to many of the leading logistics companies and practitioners anywhere in the world.
Supply chain solutions provider Ryder System has successfully transformed its smart warehouses in the Miami, Dallas, and Chicago markets. The facilities feature the four technologies Ryder defines as definitive benchmarks of an effective smart warehouse.
As supply chains increasingly transition from being viewed as a cost center to a competitive differentiator, optimization and efficiency has become critical to success in today’s world focused on next day delivery. To support this transition, the importance of real-time data and analysis is rising rapidly.
A conversation with a supply chain executive about how he was trying to enhance his company’s inventory management and overall warehouse processes, with a customized AS/400 system in place.
According to a recent report by CBRE, the average U.S. warehouse is about 34 years old. While this may seem relatively “young”, in our digitally-transformed world, any 34-year-old technology is practically a senior citizen. What’s more, within retail, the last five years has seen the rise of eCommerce as a preferred shopping method for consumers. It’s no surprise that the same CBRE report notes that U.S. warehouses are currently under significant strain to keep up with demand.
This article recommends 12 strategies companies can implement to speed product flow in the supply chain.
Every holiday season, warehouses expand their workforces two times or more to handle peak retail demand that can make or break the entire year. Here’s how augmented reality can help.
Try these packaging moves, says APL Logistics Supply Chain Solutions Head Rajiv Saxena, to help offset higher parcel costs further up the supply chain.
A new report details the economic impact of a warehouse workhorse: the powered industrial truck or forklift.
The right WMS solution can streamline order fulfillment, increase inventory accuracy, enhance the performance of your people, and maximize equipment utilization. Use these tips to help select a WMS.
To better serve customers and remain globally competitive, warehousing and logistics providers are continuing to evaluate robotics solutions.
From recent mergers and acquisitions to sustainability programs, here's what's new and notable in the supply chain.
These automated guided vehicle (AGV) and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solutions optimize warehouse operations.
New supply chain services and solutions in 2022.
Faced with congestion in warehouse aisles, Integrated Supply Network deployed autonomous mobile robots, which proved to be a game changer for warehouse employees and customers.
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Few businesses use new technologies to tackle supply chain issues caused by the pandemic due to tighter costs and legacy work processes, resulting in lost revenue.
Automated yard solutions can gain back trucker hours and speed warehouse operations nationwide.
Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), a leading provider of water management solutions products, needed to expand its distribution footprint to meet demand. Here’s how DHL Supply Chain helped ADS amid a building boom.
With pet adoptions soaring and consumer demand growing, makers of canine products increase production capacity and sniff out new delivery channels.
From materials handling workhorses to AI-driven solutions, these robotics systems boost productivity and improve efficiency.
When lifestyle brand Regina Andrew outgrew its ERP and CRM system five years ago, it turned to Oracle NetSuite for solutions. The decision helped the company weather the pandemic with aplomb.
What's in store for the pallet industry, and how will it affect retailers' sustainability goals? Jeff Pepperworth, president and chief executive officer at iGPS Logistics, a national plastic pallet pooling services provider, shares his outlook.
Forward-thinking 3PLs and retailers are making moves now to digitize their operations and prepare for possibly their best peak season yet. Locus’s Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) model offers considerable flexibility as volumes and workflows change.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
Will warehouse workers suit up in electronic clothing? Possibly. "Smart clothes" can now track physical movement and produce visual displays. This is all happening as wearable devices continue to streamline supply chain operations.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain.
Locus Robotics deployed autonomous mobile robots along with actionable reporting tools and dashboards for Taylored Services. The scalable solution brought immediate gains.
A look at the latest supply chain technologies, products, services, and transportation solutions.
Just as the silo-crashing impact that supply chain management practices has had on enterprise operations and supplier/customer connections, this confluence is tearing down silos between manufacturing and brand operations to the benefit of customers and profit & loss performance.
Kroger continues to invest in its digital business. By opening America's first automated warehouse with digital and robotic capabilities in Monroe, Ohio, the supermarket chain can assemble a 50-item order in just six minutes.
GE recently launched its in-house SmartHQ Solutions suite. The SmartHQ Distribution module uses big data and smart warehouse technology to track real-time traffic, reduce product handling, and improve on-time delivery.
Order volumes increased by 81% for third-party logistics (3PL) providers supporting e-commerce since the lockdown began, according to data from 3PL Central's customer base. These are the highest order volumes per 3PL ever, on par with Black Friday in 2019.
Take a look at the latest order picking solutions taking distribution and fulfillment to the next level.
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Before the advent of warehouse club stores, pallets were usually found behind the scenes. Now considered a crucial part of a systems approach to the supply chain, pallets are front and center in companies' sustainability strategies.
With more and more brick-and-mortar shops temporarily closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s immense pressure on retailers to deliver much-needed supplies to individuals at home. The Internet of Things (IoT) can help mitigate this risk and ensure supply chains operate as swiftly as possible.
Industry leaders look to the future, offering advice and strategies to help you successfully navigate the year ahead.
Read how Suddath secured a long-term partnership with medical device manufacturer after managing its overflow product through warehouse management and value-added services.
Doing the final mile correctly leads to repeat business and loyal customers, but last mile processes involve more than just a truck and driver.
CSCMP's annual State of Logistics Report presents an overview of the economy during the past year, key logistics trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2018 (see chart). Here are some top takeaways.
Since barcode labels play essential roles in supply chain operations, making the most of advanced mobile printers and strategically located stationary printers can help small and medium-size businesses strengthen their competitive edge.
A leading CPG company uses Hub Group’s consolidation expertise to eliminate cost and improve service.
3PL executives charged with making their company’s operations more efficient and cost-effective to the associates on the floor who pick the orders, all are singing the praises of the ‘bot revolution.’
Supply chain automation is gaining ground, particularly in warehousing and middle- and last-mile logistics.
To improve warehouse utilization and efficiency, dry van trailers can be a cost-effective solution, allowing manufacturers, retailers and distributors to rapidly (in 24 to 48 hours) flex up their warehouse space on a month-to-month basis and at costs savings of 50% over traditional warehouse space.
More warehouses are moving “eaches” as well as traditional pallet orders, and facing ever-increasing demands for speed. To manage the diverse product flows in a timely manner, shippers are bringing different technologies to their warehouses, including robotics and robust warehouse management systems. They’re also supplementing mammoth warehouses with smaller “micro-centers” that they can locate closer to population centers.
Here are a few ways to think differently about the truck driver shortage to make the industry more efficient and technology friendly.
Mobile weighing technologies meet the emerging “need for speed” trend by providing a means of weighment at the point of loading and unloading. They do this while at the same time immediately communicating a wealth of specific business and logistical data, eliminating inefficient traffic patterns, and improving safety by reducing traffic congestion.
On-demand services are becoming so much a part of our daily lives that millennials can't imagine a world before Uber or Postmates. Now, on-demand service is becoming a reality in the logistics real estate sector.
Warehouses should use these techniques to maintain service level agreements—the guaranteed turnaround time for an order to go out—during peak demand periods.
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Readers discuss ways to solve the warehouse labor shortage.
Here are some warehouse operations moves—some small steps, some not—companies can do to boost their bottom lines and improve customer satisfaction, including layout and organization, docking, picking and receiving, fulfillment, and packaging.
Spotlight on efficiency-boosting products for warehouses and distribution centers.
In the logistics sphere, Georgia offers every important road—as well as air and sea route—to success.
In the rush to satisfy ever-increasing demands for speed and efficiency, and the clarion calls to deliver your best customer experience, supply chain managers need to consider that impact on the worker experience.
Industry 4.0, the trend toward smart factories, will touch all aspects of the supply chain, and you should plan your mobile robotic system accordingly.
E-commerce has driven a more than doubling of the average footprint of warehouses built in the United States since the early 2000s.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2016. Even though SQF compliance isn’t federally mandated, the repercussions of failure to comply can be felt throughout the supply chain.
Many shippers rely on the Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) in which the supplier alerts you of pending deliveries. You may see a product name, a PO#, and select dates, but the ASN does not contain the details that receiving or warehouse management needs. There is a better way.
Supply chain infrastructure is rebuilding itself, below the surface where only logisticians can see it.
These companies have the most likeable CEOs in the transportation and warehousing industry, according to a new report from Owler.
Forklift accidents have a devastating effect on warehouses – and they happen more often than you think. Use these five keys to prevent forklift accidents and promote warehouse safety.
Tradition Logistics’ new facility in Savannah, Georgia, provides supply chain and logistics solutions, from inventory management to distribution and e-commerce fulfillment.
Many companies integrating robotics seek to add them to their current warehouse layout to keep the workflow seamless. Material Bank worked with Locus Robotics build their entire business model around the robotic solution for even more gains.
How beneficial will the fourth industrial revolution be for manufacturers? Adrian Burton, from Harrison Castings, explores three ways Industry 4.0 may help streamline your supply chain.
The four trends that will have the greatest impact on operations in North America in the coming year, according to DHL Supply Chain.
The goalposts in e-commerce fulfillment continue to move. Consumers routinely expect two-day or even next-day delivery, and same-day delivery is on the horizon.
Hollingsworth assisted a leading automotive manufacturer with an unexpected surge with strategic negotiations and savvy adjustments to inventory management.
Even after adding a third production shift to its foundry, Lodge Manufacturing Company couldn’t manufacture enough cast-iron cookware to fill orders. To meet demand, the family-owned business in southern Tennessee invested $85 million in a second foundry, a modern 212,000-square-foot distribution center, and the company’s first warehouse management system, mobe3 from EVS.
Supply chain professionals need more accurate and effective cost information to help their decision-making.
Warehouse management systems provide organizations with a boost to their operations and help them keep up with the growing demands of their customers and partners. Still, implementing a WMS is a complex process that requires extensive planning, study and patience. Experts point to a number of key factors to consider when shopping for a system for your organization.
Think of wearable technology as consumer facing? Think again. Wearables one-up handheld devices and have real supply chain implications.
Choose the solution and vendor that can work hand in hand with you to analyze your objectives and design a solution that supports your needs. Here's how.
A majority of consumers have moved on to online shopping. According to a report by eMarketer Retail, in 2017, retail ecommerce sales worldwide increased by 25% over the previous year. What has really helped boost e-commerce, is the convenience of quick delivery. This adds to the purchase experience that is vital for sustaining customers over the long term. This is possible only when the retail operations are driven by technology integration and automation, across its entire supply chain.
Warehouses who use this philosophy to create disciplined, rigorous strategies were able to achieve superior results.
Getting a distribution center in shape for a high-volume holiday or seasonal period requires advance planning to make sure all systems work, the facility is properly staffed, and temporary workers are properly trained. Inbound Logistics asked the experts for their holiday preparation advice; they provided these seven commandments that will light the way.