Warehouse Cleaning Checklist! (Infographic)

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Maintaining a high standard in warehouse cleanling 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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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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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 cost are primarily concerned about achieving the dual goals of warehousing cost optimization and the improvements in labor productivity.  Automation, such as scanning technologies, 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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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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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 Supply Chain Detective™ and the $25M Robbery!

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The company I had just joined was only a few months away from completing a multi-year project to revamp their primary Distribution Centre. The project would cost a total of $25 million, which seemed like highway robbery.

Part of my job was to see the implementation of the project brought to a successful conclusion, reaping all of the anticipated benefits.

But as I worked through the pains of a new system implementation, and gained more first hand knowledge, it occurred to me that the system design was completely lacking in strategic value.

Had the company just had a robbery of $25 million? This was a case for the Supply Chain Detective™.

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7 Ways the Right Pallet Racking Optimizes Warehouse Efficiency!

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Are you thinking of streamlining your warehouse operations to increase efficiency and productivity? If so, worry no more as this guide gives practical insights on selecting the right pallet racking, which is critical to optimizing your warehouse efficiency. 

Warehouse professionals face a lot of challenges, such as inaccurate inventory, avoiding product damage, and poor space utilization. Fortunately, having the appropriate pallet racking system can help address these challenges.

There is a wide range of pallet racking systems on the market, and choosing the right one could be downright confusing.

So, here are several tips to help you decide on the pallet racking system that would best meet your warehouse needs. 

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The Future of Distribution!

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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 the future of distribution networks, including eCommerce fulfillment.

The future of distribution is challenging and 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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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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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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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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How Warehouse Management Software Impacts Logistics!

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Warehouse management software article and permission to publish here provided by Claire Glassman.

Logistics chain companies are often tied down by the schedules and requirements of their warehouse clients or partners. 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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Humanless Warehousing: Tips for a Robot-Driven Future!

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Mujin, a Tokyo-based company, has developed and deployed the first fully automated, humanless warehousing robotic systems, reports CNBC.

Unfortunately, significant challenges continue to plague the idea of humanless warehousing, yet the benefits of automation and robotics must not be ignored.

Supply chain leaders need to understand these facts and follow a few tips to prepare for a robot-driven future. 

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5 Tips to Prolong Forklift Life!

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Just by looking at one, you can tell that a forklift is a complex machine, and expensive too. When you spend a lot of money to buy one of these heavy-duty machines, you want it to last long and then a bit longer.

Here we bring you the whats, whens, hows and whys of forklift maintenance condensed in the following five tips to prolong forklift life.

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