Category Archives: Logistics

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Material Handling Industry Called to Increase Customer Education

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Industrial buyers don’t always seek out professional advice before making capital investments, a new report states. Companies are increasing their investments in equipment and systems that keep track of inventory and customer information and improve order fulfillment, according to an annual market report from MHI. However, these companies don’t always seek the guidance they need to make wise choices. Their spending is a response to the need to contain operational costs, improve responsiveness to customer demands and increase production capacity and capabilities. The highest investments are made by the transportation, warehousing, wholesale trade, computer and electronic manufacturing industries, as well as…

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Drivers of Distribution

The 5 Drivers of Distribution Complexity for Midsized Companies

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Managing the flow of goods to your customer has never been more complex. Whether it is compliance labeling, EDI, or other value added services; customers continue to demand more from their suppliers. This can seem overwhelming for small to midsized businesses who may lack the expertise or budget to deal with these challenges. This white paper will outline five drivers of distribution complexity for midsized businesses. Each complexity driver is determined by a specific business condition. By understanding the business conditions that drive complexity, you can be proactive, rather than reactive, in your distribution strategy. Managing the flow of goods…

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Warehouse Operations

Four Strategies to help Evaluate your Warehouse Operations

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A November 2013 survey found that distribution center managers found 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….

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Lean Problem Solving

Lean Problem Solving

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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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Workforce Efficiency

4 Suggestions to Improve Workforce Efficiency within the Warehouse

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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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