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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.