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Santa Claus: Master of Supply Chain Management

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You may be facing stiff competition in your industry, but on your most stressful days take a moment to feel grateful that you aren’t competing against the ultimate all-time master of supply chain management. No question, the Santa Claus operation would easily crush the efforts of any small or large company — with nary more than twinkling wink and a cheerful swipe with a white-gloved fist. Thankfully, for you and everyone else in business, Santa isn’t interested in competing for profits. But we can all learn a little something from the man who single-handedly delivers presents to most of the world’s children…

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2013 for Expak

By | Industry News

2013 has been a year of change for Expak Logistics. With new investments and new leadership complementing Expak’s pre-existing depth of experience and breadth of capabilities, the changes we have made are already yielding tangible results.  In just a few short months, we have invested in new distribution technology, expanded our warehousing and fulfillment capabilities and, most of all, instilled a renewed emphasis on communication, teamwork and accountability.  We have already grown beyond our initial expectations and have reset the bar on our goals for 2014 and beyond. The benefits of working for and with Expak Logistics are already visible…

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Lean Problem Solving

By | Logistics

I recently just moved into a house. With moving into a new house you spend tons of time unpacking, putting things away, getting comfortable, and most importantly figuring out where things are supposed to go. Unlike my wife, when I look for places to put things, I’m thinking about how they affect process flow. For example, where am I going to put my keys so I don’t have to go out of my way to grab them as I walk out the door? Or, where am I going to put my work backpack so it’s not a safety hazard that we…

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4 Suggestions to Improve Workforce Efficiency within the Warehouse

By | Logistics

A November 2013 survey found that distribution center managers understand that their warehouses aren’t entirely optimal, but they lack the time, resources and strategies to greatly improve operations. Specifically, the survey found that mid-sized warehouses (approximately 50 workers) lose almost 3,000 hours a year due to workforce inefficiencies. Additionally, while 89 percent of those surveyed indicated that new technology could help managers recoup these inefficiencies, only 70 percent had conducted a thorough review of practices in the warehouse in the past year. In this post, we’ll identify four strategies to help evaluate your warehouse operations and eliminate redundant, ineffective processes. 1) Maintain…

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