On-Demand Warehousing Pros and Cons!

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On-Demand Warehousing article and permission to publish here provided by Will Schneider at Fulfillmentcompanies.net.

Suffering from order growth overwhelm? I’ve been there. And right now, you might be thinking of giving this new-fangled on-demand warehousing a go. 

Storing your products can cause a major headache when you’ve run out of space and you’re running out of money. And while in the past your options were limited to a 3PL fulfilment service or purchasing your own warehouse, there’s now a new kid on the block in the form of on-demand warehousing.

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The Next Generation Warehouse is Built on Data!

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Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at https://veridian.info/next-generation-warehouse/

Today’s supply chains are evolving at a phenomenal rate. The next generation warehouse will deploy analytics, blockchain, robotics, drones, driverless forklifts, automated storage and retrieval systems, and much more.

Each rendition of the next generation warehouse will build on existing technologies, and these improvements have a common denominator. They all rely on fundamental data principles and the application of meaningful data.

Supply chain leaders need to understand the problems inherent in traditional warehouses and how a next generation warehouse can leverage data and technology to maximize efficiency and productivity.

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5 Tips For Making Warehouse Management Easier Than Ever!

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Making Warehouse Management easier article and permission to publish here provided by Eada Hudes.

If you run a warehouse, you would know of the hassles and responsibilities that go into its efficient management.

You may be doing your best, and some problem or the other still may crop up. Simply frustrating!

But, hey. That’s still normal. Just that there’s a bunch of measures that can sort your warehouse management chores, so you don’t have to feel too worked up.

Ready to read? Here are 5 useful tips for making warehouse management easier for you.

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Ways to Maximize Warehouse Storage Space!

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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.

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Optimizing Waste Management in the Warehouse!

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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?

Summary

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.

Understanding E-Commerce Fulfillment!

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E-Commerce fulfillment article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Jake Rheude at https://redstagfulfillment.com/

Successful eCommerce businesses all have one thing in common: terrific eCommerce fulfillment.

You might have the best product in the world. Your website is epic. And your sales funnel slides your customers easily to the checkout.

If your eCommerce fulfillment doesn’t run smoothly, however, your web-based business will be all splash and no cash.

ECommerce fulfillment may not be the thing that gets you excited about your online business. However, it is a crucial element of your success in online retail.

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The Shipping and Receiving Process Guide! (Infographic)

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Shipping and Receiving article and permission to publish here provided by Misty Skinner, VP Marketing at BR Williams Trucking Inc.

We have talked about why choosing proper 3PL logistics services and a trucking company with a modern warehouse management system (WMS) is crucial to any successful supply chain management process.

Within the supply chain process, there is a much smaller piece of the puzzle that is arguably the most critical component in maintaining accurate inventory: 

The Inbound and Outbound Logistics Process. That is, Shipping and Receiving!

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Warehouse Cleaning Checklist! (Infographic)

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Warehouse cleaning article and infographic, and permission to publish here, provided by David Smith at cleaningservicesgroup.co.uk.

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. 

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What are the Top Warehouse KPIs to Succeed?

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Article and permission to publish here provided by Dave Joseph at veridian.info.

Key performance indicators (KPIs) provide an invaluable way to judge the efficacy of operations, determine opportunities for improvement, improve customer experiences, and better manage supply chain functions, including warehouse management.

Supply chain leaders that wish to remain proactive to risks of disruption and improve operations need to understand the top warehouse KPIs and how they can mean the difference between success and failure. This blog is the first in a two-part series where Veridian, a supply chain technology implementation company, will share the top 19 warehouse KPIs that track performance in the following areas: 

  • Internal Operations
  • Staffing 
  • Suppliers 
  • Customers 
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Evolution of Warehouse Scanning Technologies in the Digital Era

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Scanning technologies article written for Supply Chain Game Changer by Prakash Pol, Principal Consultant at Infosys India.

The Warehouse is a central part of Supply Chain Management in any organization. The majority of companies where physical warehouse operation forms a bigger component of the total labor costare primarily concerned about achieving the dual goals of warehousing cost optimization and the improvements in labor productivity. 

Automation is a boon to achieve these two important goals in any warehouse operations. 

Over the years, warehouse automation has seen huge tectonic shifts, especially in the recent era of digital modernization. Scanning various labels on the products and materials during receiving, storing, picking and shipping processes is witnessing a tremendous technological changes over the past decades. Scanning is considered as the most labor intensive operation in the warehouse. 

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Featuring Our 10 Best Warehouse Order Fulfillment Articles!

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Our latest “Featuring” series article covers the topic of Warehouse and Distribution Centre order fulfillment. With the exponential growth of E-Commerce and online shopping the backbone of activity that makes it all happen is order fulfillment.

Every time you place an online order someone somewhere is picking up those items and placing them in a box for delivery to you. Given that hundreds of millions of people are doing the same thing at the same time it is imperative that companies have the most efficient fulfillment process possible, whether they do this work themselves or outsource it.

We have had the opportunity to lead the implementation of some world class fulfillment processes, even surpassing the speed of Amazon. So take some time and check out our very best Warehouse and Distribution Centre fulfillment articles!

Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Guide to Pick and Pack Methods!

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Pick and pack article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com.

A lot more goes into successful order fulfillment than shelves of neatly stacked products. There is an art and a science to pick and pack methods.

Good inventory management and the right pick and pack software will help you ship orders with maximum speed and accuracy.

Here is your ultimate guide to pick and pack methods.

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3PL Fulfillment Prices! (Infographic)

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Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Adam Robinson at cerasis.com.

Growing e-commerce fulfillment demands and costs have collided to bring about an uptick in average 3PL fulfillment prices within the outsourced fulfillment industry, as was evidenced by FulfillmentCompanies.net’s annual poll of 500+ warehouses across the US.

Each year, the online fulfillment match-making service surveys their network of 3PL companies to gauge the industry’s average costs of doing business, as well as what prices they charge users of fulfillment services. 

Below are the survey results at a glance.

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The Future of Distribution!

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The Future of Distribution article and permission to publish here provided by Jake Rheude.

The eCommerce distribution system is never static, as new technologies cause fundamental changes in how distribution works. Societal disruptions, like those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, can also lead to changes in the way producers and supply chain managers handle their distribution networks, including eCommerce fulfillment.

The future of distribution is changing more quickly every year.

Producers, distributors, and retailers compete for market share and a bigger slice of the overall pie with unpredictable outcomes. Using innovative approaches, some companies attempt to cover an entire market segment, from production to retail. Others specialize in becoming an all-purpose intermediary or try to excel in a particular niche.

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Pallet Racking Selection!

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Pallet Racking article and infographic, and permission to publish here, provided by Brent Frayser at speedrackwest.com.

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. 

Shelving racks 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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