Businesses have long since entered the E-Commerce marketplace. But how do you physically fulfill all of those online orders?
The age of technology and innovation has made E-Commerce order fulfillment business processes and solutions so readily available that it has become highly competitive. This competition is especially apparent in the area of E-Commerce Third-Party Logistics (3PLs).
Autonomous mobile robots article and permission to publish here provided by Luke Goodwin.
An autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is a robot that can move around its environment without an operator or a fixed, predetermined route. An AMR uses sensors to study and understand its environment, thus using the most efficient way to perform its tasks.
AMRs use intelligent navigation to navigate around obstacles in a warehouse. Many industries are seeking ways of improving their warehouse efficiency.
Automation is one of the best ways of doing so. AMRs are fast and safe, therefore ideal for the dynamic operations of a modern warehouse.
Please keep reading to understand the various types of AMRs and their applications in warehousing.
Imagine an asset that, instead of contributing to a business’s success, costs it money without producing return, makes it harder to get an accurate picture of performance and otherwise hinders its success.
It’s a scary picture for any business owner or employee—and for many, it’s all too real.
The first job I had at the beginning of my career was in the Materials Handling and Engineering department. As a part of my job I was responsible for Forklift and Material Handling equipment planning.
To help me understand this area better I took the Forklift driver training course just like anyone else would have to do. I was able to drive the truck and load and unload pallets from trucks and into and out of warehouse storage locations.
While I wouldn’t trust myself to drive a forklift these many years later I was reminded of the importance of forklift driver training and safety this week when I saw a short video of an absolutely horrendous forklift accident.
Warehouse storage space article and permission to publish here provided by Marvin Chandler.
With businesses booming every day, warehouses are reaching full utilization of their storage capacity. This can lead to congestion, uncomfortable work environment for the workers, damage, increased costs and time going to waste moving products around trying to make more space. This over utilization can really hamper productivity as well.
To handle this demand for storage that exceeds your capacity should you buy or rent more warehouse space? Before you decide to invest in more storage space let’s consider these tips on how to maximize the availability of the space that you already have.
Order fulfillment challenges article and permission to publish here provided by Catherine Park.
If you run an online business, you definitely know that managing it involves many moving parts. Ecommerce order fulfillment is among these moving parts that most eCommerce retailers overlook. Your profitability, customer experience, and overall business growth suffer without effective fulfillment.
It was early September and I was sitting in my office preparing for a meeting. I was in the Retail Industry which meant that in Supply Chain this was the beginning of the frantic Holiday season. The last thing we needed was a Distribution Centre disaster.
Products were arriving at our Distribution Centres from all over the world at an unprecedented rate so that we could in turn send them out to the Retail stores over the next few months.
We were anticipating receiving more goods than ever but as it was my first year in Retail I had been assured by my team that we could handle the load.
As I sat there my Distribution Centre leader called me.
“Mike, We are out of space already. We have no more room to receive anything else.”
My heart sank. This was catastrophic. The goods we had received so far were just the tip of the iceberg. We had a real Distribution Centre disaster on our hands.
“Omnichannel” is certainly the prevalent phrase in the E-Commerce arena. The expectation in an Omnichannel Fulfillment world is that a customer can order what they want, when they want, on whatever device they want, and have it delivered how they want.
The physical delivery part of the Omnichannel expectation can be very elusive. Many companies claim that they are Omnichannel service providers. But are they really?
How many E-Commerce Fulfillment options are there? And how many do you provide in your company?
EStore order fulfillment article and permission to publish here provided by Carl Torrence.
With the launch of Amazon’s Prime Membership back in 2005, the rules of the ecommerce game changed. Amazon Prime offered free two-day and cost-effective one-day/overnight delivery options; exclusive to their members.
Needless to say that retailers and ecommerce business owners are having a hard time keeping up with these demands. In fact, meeting customers’ demand for speedy deliveries is among the toughest challenges in the supply chain, as mentioned in MHI’s industry report.
Waste Management article and permission to publish here provided by Carol Trehearn.
For the warehousing and light industrial sector, managing waste and effluents efficiently is fast becoming a skill in itself.
For a cost perspective, the storage and disposal of waste by-products can be a major component of operating overheads. With the move towards increased environmental awareness and greener business practices, increasing restrictions and operating requirements will very likely become the order of the day in the near future.
A good waste management plan can minimize monthly overheads, as well as ‘safety-proof’ the operation with respect to local environmental restrictions.
Invest in the right plant and equipment
A sound waste management plan will likely begin with a well-considered investment in waste management equipment. For an operating concern, factors such as the type of waste produced – cardboard, plastics, metals – can be readily determined.
The amount of waste produced can also be fairly readily assessed. Consider also the potential for future increases in manufacturing output, as an additional factor in planning for equipment procurement.
Choose a professional equipment supplier, such as recyclingbalers.com when consulting for operating plant and equipment. Providing the abovementioned specifics will permit a knowledgeable supplier to then provide the most appropriate equipment options.
Have a plan for in-house waste sorting and storage
Whether the end operation requires waste compaction, baling or storage, a good waste management plan involves a well-defined starting point for the initial sorting and storage of waste products. Both money and man-power can be saved by implementing a good ‘sort and store’ program. Furthermore, precious warehouse space can be saved as a result, as well as a potential reduction in ongoing clearing and transportation costs.
Many warehousing operations have benefited from the simple act of installing sets of segregated waste bins or receptacles – encouraging workers to sort waste by-products immediately.
Provide sufficient employee training
Perhaps one of the most under-utilized assets in a warehousing waste management plan is the worker training element. Typically, induction courses and staff training courses focus on the handling and operation of key equipment in the manufacturing or warehousing process.
Occupational health and safety has similarly found a focus. The consideration of company waste management procedures is very often left to last, or in some cases, it is omitted completely.
Spend a little time reviewing existing induction and refresher training, and update this as necessary to include waste management procedures. Making a statement about the company’s position on green business processes, and care for the environment can further set the tone for warehousing personnel.
The three ‘R’s – Reduce, reuse and recycle
A good management plan can be built around the following three pillars:
Reduce – Consider methods in which raw materials used in the production or warehousing process can be minimized. Perhaps purchases of materials can be made in smaller order lots, or alternatively as a bulk purchase.
Reuse –Investigate any opportunities to reuse raw materials – for example, can cardboard boxes and plastic containers be reused rather than simply disposed of?
Recycle – This can be done in many ways. For example, can customers be encouraged to return packaging or storage products to save on procurement costs?
Spending a little time to build a waste management plan from scratch can typically return improvements in terms of a reduction to overheads, as well as taking a step toward greener operating procedures.
Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on December 20, 2021.
Maintaining a high standard of warehouse cleanliness is about more than just creating a more pleasant and attractive workplace. It can in fact contribute to greater safety, better employee health, longer-lasting equipment, reduced merchandise damage, and increased productivity.
Warehouses can be hectic environments at the best of times, so sometimes it can be hard to find time for cleaning. To keep your warehouse spic-and-span, try to allot a few minutes at the end of every day for cleaning. Deep cleans do not need to be done as often, but you should aim to schedule them in at least once a month.