The Supply Chain Workload Iceberg!

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Supply Chain responsibilities are vast in any organization. These jobs reach far and wide, touching virtually every business process, most metrics, and all functional areas.

But too often the expected deliverables from Supply Chain professionals are established without a real understanding of the totality and breadth of actual tasks that must be performed underneath those high level expectations.

With an iceberg it is said that only 10% of it is visible as the rest is under the water. This can be analogous to the work done in Supply Chain.

So let’s explore the Supply Chain Workload iceberg!

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5 Methods to Prevent Occupational Hazards in Warehousing!

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If your business involves running and maintaining a warehouse, you should be highly concerned with the different occupational hazards that come with such tasks. Warehouse safety is something that entrepreneurs must prioritize at all costs.

Since it’s not the usual workplace setting that comprises office desks, cubicles, and ergonomic chairs, it’s only a wise decision to pay more attention and do careful planning to keep the space safe for all your workers.

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Full Case Fulfillment – The Retail Holy Grail!

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The retail company I had joined had just invested $25 million to automate their Distribution Centre. They automated the process of fulfilling orders in individual units, or eaches, instead of case fulfillment.

As I learned more and more about the system and the operation it became obvious to me that the entire paradigm that went into the $25 million investment was wrong. They wasted at least $20 million by perpetuating individual unit.

They could have save a lot of time and money by changing their fundamental operating model to one of case fulfillment – the Retail Holy Grail!

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Pallet Racking Selection!

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Organization is a key component to the success of any industry.  Keeping track of inventory and supplies can dramatically effect the bottom line, depending on the amount of time and resources allocated to these aspects of the business.  Pallet racking can be a tremendous asset when it comes to meeting these needs

These racks come in many different shapes and sizes, that can be specifically designed to meet your needs.   

The pallet racking infographic that follows will give you all of the detailed information you will need to make the proper decision when purchasing shelving for your business. 

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7 Reasons to Consider a Cloud Based WMS (Warehouse Management System)!

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The decision to invest in a cloud based WMS (warehouse management system) is often the result of sub-par systems in operation within the exclusive supply chain.

Many legacy systems have been in service for up to 20 years or more, reports Roberto Michel of Modern Materials Handling, and supply chains can no longer function on these legacy systems.

This is especially true in the age of e-commerce, so supply chain executives should consider these top seven reasons to implement a cloud-based WMS.

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Strategies to Survive the Peak Season Fulfillment Surge!

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Peak season fulfillment is a topic that strikes both fear and hope into the minds of supply chain leaders.

It can boost profitability and provide a jolt of efficiency. On the other hand, inadequate peak fulfillment can write the epithet on a company’s tombstone.

Instead of waking to a real Christmas horror, ensure your supply chain is capable of handling peak demands by understanding the problem with poor peak season planning, how the right strategies build optimization, and by applying these nine critical best practices.

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Space Planning: Could You Run Out of Space in Your Warehouse too?

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“We are out of space!”

“What?  We’re only in the middle of September.”

“The receiving docks are backed up.  We have trucks in the parking lot waiting to unload their goods.  There are even more containers on their way.  And we have no empty space left in the warehouse racking.”

That was the actual conversation I had with the head of the Distribution Centre (DC).  We had a big problem on our hands to say the least.

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Drop Shipping Teddy Bears!

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The company was new to the general merchandising business. As such the Category Managers were going wild with ideas on how to expand their product assortments and procuring new and interesting products to sell.

But unfortunately their zeal did not come with a thorough understanding of the Supply Chain implications of their decisions.

This all came to a head when they had placed orders for a large number of oversized items, including those giant stuffed teddy bears. You know the kind. The giant stuffed animals that are anywhere from 5 feet to 8 feet tall, like you find at Costco.

What followed was a disaster in terms of cost and customer satisfaction.

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How RFID Benefits Supply Chain Partners!

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The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) can result in substantial benefits for partners of the principal client in a supply chain process.

RFID will give them access to real-time or near real-time monitoring and tracking of asset and item movement along the entire supply chain. They can turn this power of access to information into practical solutions to increase their productivity and revenues. 

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Pallet Tracking: The Key to Streamlining Warehouse Operations!

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Pallet tracking is an essential element of modern warehouse management. With the development of e-commerce and the growing demand for accurate and quick order fulfillment, warehouses are experiencing increased challenges in terms of optimizing their operations.

Given this, the management should pay increased attention to tracking pallets in the warehouse, which can increase the overall efficiency of the company.

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What’s the Difference Between a Warehouse and a Distribution Center?

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I began my career with responsibility for, amongst other things, Warehouse space planning. With almost a dozen local and remote buildings used to store raw materials and finished goods I spent more than my share of time walking through more than one Warehouse, or Distribution Center, and up and down aisles of racking and shelving.

Later on in my career when I entered the Retail and Logistics sectors the facilities used to store and disperse goods were called Distribution Centers. There were the same configurations of racking and shelving as Warehouses and they were both storing goods and dispersing goods.

To the untrained eye the Warehouses and Distribution Centers looked very similar.

But were they really the same or were they actually quite different?

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8 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Fulfillment Efficiency!

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Whether you’re running a small family business or a large-scale distribution center, you know that gaps in warehouse fulfillment efficiency can seriously slow your business.

And, in today’s consumer-driven economic landscape, there is no room for moseying, with 63 percent of consumers saying they expect three-day delivery as the standard.

Taking a good hard look at your process can help ensure that you’re running an efficient operation and that your customers are always pleased with your services.

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Warehousing: Optimize Storage Locations!

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“We just spent several millions of dollars on a new Warehouse Management System for our E-Commerce Online Distribution Centre.  We do not need to spend any more money on our Supply Chain.” That sounded very intriguing to say the least.  At a minimize we needed to optimize storage.

The E-Commerce business anticipated 20-30% year to year growth. I could only interpret, having just joined the company, that all of the steps and planning needed had been taken.  We had to ensure that the Distribution Centre could handle Holiday volumes, especially over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period.

However imagine my surprise when I went to the Online Distribution Centre.  All I saw was a very large warehouse with nothing but racks and shelving as far as the eye could see.  Employees were pushing carts up and down aisles, across the entire warehouse.  They were trying to find each of the products required to fill a particular customer order. The company had just invested in an expensive Warehouse Management System.

Yet  no time or money had been spent on process optimization, order fulfillment cycle time reduction,  cost reduction, or peak capacity load management.

We were in for a hectic Holiday season, at best!

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Unlocking the Perfect Fit: Things to Consider for Choosing the Right Storage Unit!

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Life is a constant adventure, full of transitions and changes. If you are moving to a new home, downsizing, decluttering, or embarking on a long journey, you have some extra space to store your belongings for a few months or years. 

Choosing the right Miami storage unit is not a matter of finding a place to stash your stuff. It is about safeguarding your treasures and preserving your peace of mind. So, let us embark on a journey of discovery as we explore the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect storage unit that fits your needs.

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How Warehouse Management Software Impacts Logistics!

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Logistics chain companies are often tied down by the schedules and requirements of their warehouse clients or partners, such as with warehouse management software. They go to the warehouse at the appointed time.

But if there was some delay in the sorting and packing of the cargo, their trucks would spend additional waiting and idle time at the warehouse. If the warehouse made the wrong estimate of the space they need, there would be a lot of unused space in one delivery truck.

These are just some of the inefficiencies in warehouse operations that logistics chain companies have to manage. 

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