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6 Significant Effects of E-Commerce in the Warehouse Industry

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In today’s e-commerce era, the demand for a convenient online shopping experience has made the role of warehouses and distribution centers highly critical and complex. Warehouses face an imperative to improve processes and reduce costs to meet customer demands brought by e-commerce.

How To Use Digital Marketing in Logistics

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The internet is burgeoning with information on the power of B2B digital marketing, but most logistics companies are neglecting to invest in their digital presence.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Storage Process

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One of the most critical issues that warehouse managers struggle with is optimizing warehouse storage. When not done properly, it can have costly consequences such as blocked aisles, lost stocks, and low productivity.

5 Common Logistics Technology Issues & Their Real Causes

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Logistics technology issues too often bring businesses to a halt. In a study by Compuware , almost half of respondents (48%) reported that technology problems happen anywhere from a few times a week to every day.

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Receiving Process

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It’s not uncommon to see small and mid-size warehouses struggle with operational inefficiencies. In meeting with many warehouse managers and carefully analyzing their warehouse operations , one common problem that surfaces is a lack of standard processes and specialization within the warehouse.

Choosing a Warehouse Location: 7 Critical Criteria to Consider

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Choosing the right warehouse location can make all the difference in how effective, efficient, and profitable a company is. Leasing or purchasing a warehouse is a major decision, and a wisely located warehouse can significantly enhance a company's ability to compete and effectively serve customers.

Warehouse Technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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“Alexa, please automate my warehouse.”. How convenient would it be if it were that simple to automate the warehouse? But in order to achieve a similar future, the warehouse needs a brain to process all the information it receives and automatically execute actions to address an array of scenarios.

Essential Elements to Deploying IoT in the Warehouse

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In one of our recent blogs, we talked about what IoT (Internet of Things) is and whether it’s the right time to adopt it. You can find that blog right here.

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5 Common Warehouse Management Mistakes You May be Making

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Managing a warehouse isn’t a piece of pie. It takes meticulous planning, execution, and monitoring to stay on the right track. However, notwithstanding the good intention, there are some common warehouse management mistakes that we, as managers, end up committing without ever realizing that we are.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Cycle Counting Process

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The cycle counting process is one of the most tedious warehouse tasks, but is an important process to control for the prevention of potential sale losses. These losses stem from out-of-stock situations, which are brought on by inaccuracies in the inventory.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Replenishment Process

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The warehouse replenishment process pushes managers to walk a very thin line between understocking and overstocking. Failure to replenish inventory properly can stem from not having the right tools, unpredictable markets, and a lack of performance measurements in place.

Warehouse Technology: Robotics and Automation

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Did you know? E-commerce sales are set to skyrocket from $2.8 trillion in 2018 to $4.9 trillion in 2021 according to Statista. With warehouses already struggling with workforce shortage, companies are desperately looking for ways to keep up with or even capitalize on increasing consumer demand.

Blockchain in the Warehouse

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With the sudden rise of Bitcoin at the end of 2017, blockchain has become a mainstream term. But a lot of people still don’t understand the incredible potential this technology holds, especially in its role in the supply chain and the warehouse digitalization movement.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

A Logistics Marketing Plan: 5 Steps You Should Follow

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Logistics & warehousing are the lifeline of the supply chain. But just like any other business, logistics companies face tough rivalry in the face of looming competition and globalization. So, what can help your business survive and thrive? A sound logistics marketing plan can help!

5 Steps to Create a Logistics Marketing Plan

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Logistics & warehousing are the lifeline of the supply chain. But just like any other business, logistics companies face tough rivalry in the face of looming competition and globalization. So, what can help your business survive and thrive? A sound logistics marketing plan can help!

Is it Time to Adopt Internet of Things (IoT) in the Warehouse?

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As in transportation and healthcare, there seems to be much excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the warehouse too. But, what does IoT mean for the future of warehousing? Does it fit here as well? For practical application of this technology, it is important to understand how it can be used in the warehouse to increase efficiency and visibility.

9 Scary Challenges a Warehouse Manager Faces Every Day

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I came across a rather interesting fact about warehouse managers in a study by Intermec. It said that 1 out of 6 managers who were in charge of a warehouse were not likely to review their workflow processes unless a customer complaint is raised. And, it’s not hard to believe.

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Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Autonomous Vehicles in Warehouse Management – Is It Time Yet?

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Amazon may be the king of warehouse automation with 45,000 Amazon (Kiva earlier) Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in its warehouse army , but it is not the only one using autonomous vehicles in warehouse management. Today, apart from large scale warehouses, even mid-sized businesses are moving gradually towards driverless vehicles.

Top 24 Warehouse KPIs You Must Be Tracking

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Warehouse management is a task in its own right. However, today, there are a dozen of warehouse technologies that are making this task easy. But, there is one aspect, which, if ignored, can render all the technological advancement useless – performance measurement. With round-the-clock performance measurement, you can expect to achieve consistent and predictable productivity levels.

Lean Warehouse Management and Why You Need It

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With the growth of the global supply chain, warehouses are constantly under pressure for better, faster, more efficient performance. As this pressure grows, the role of lean warehouse management becomes increasingly relevant. However, since lean is relatively new to the warehousing industry, not many of us may be acquainted with it yet. So, here's what it is and why your warehouse needs to be lean too.

Warehouse Digitalization : The Future of Warehousing

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With the advent of always-on e-commerce, the demand for faster responses, and the ability to manage larger number of SKUs with fewer errors, warehouses need to upscale and be at par with the standard of an intelligent, efficient, and automated warehouse. Looking at the next 2 to 10 years, a predicted surge in the preference for digital transformation will bring fundamental changes to the way warehouses operate, thus taking the adoption of disruptive warehouse digitalization to its apex.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Are You Neglecting Warehouse Safety and Health of Workers?

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Warehouse safety and health management is an aspect that can never be overemphasized. But, the truth is that warehouse managers often struggle with it. In fact, OSHA statistics reveal that as many as 16 warehouse workers died while working at warehouses 2015-2017. Warehouse Operations warehouse manager Warehouse warehouse safety

4 Smart Strategies to Attract and Retain Warehouse Workers

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Like in every organization, in warehousing too, it’s the people who make a business. At a time when warehouse workers are swift to move from one warehouse to another, retaining them may seem to be a daunting task. There are lot of challenges that managers face when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining workforce for warehouses. And, it holds true for lower through mid-levels of warehouse employees.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Picking Process

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When optimizing the picking process in a warehouse, it is important to recognize two key concepts. First, no one strategy or technology fits every case. Second, effectively improving warehouse operations requires a combination of data collection, process improvement, and technology. Warehouse Operations

When and How to Invest in Warehouse Technology

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As warehouse digitalization gains traction, a number of doubts and queries gather around it. Is it the right time to adopt a warehouse technology? Would it bring a value or competitive advantage to the business? Are there any risks associated with adopting this new technology? Is this technology mature enough or not?

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Smarter Networks for Customer Fulfillment

Speaker: Hannah Testani, COO, Intelligent Audit

You've probably noticed that shipping costs are going up. Have you ever wondered if your transportation spend is as optimized as it could be? It's 2019, and consumers are expecting shipping to be cheap and quick, but that can turn into a real headache from the shipper's side of the equation if you don't make the appropriate changes. But what changes do you even need to make? Join Hannah Testani, COO of Intelligent Audit, as she takes us through the reasons why your shipping could cost so much, and how to use big data and digital transformation to move the needle on your transportation spend.

Should You Adopt Predictive Analytics in Warehouse Management?

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A gamut of challenges like omnichannel sales, seasonal demand fluctuation, overstocking, out-of-stock situations, back orders, order returns, and the constant strife for ever-shorter lead times create pressure for better warehouse process and operations management. As a result , a considerable number of warehouses have a now adopted and many more are willing to adopt predictive analytics in warehouse management.

Ready for Mobility Solutions & Wearable Warehouse Technology?

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Mobility solutions and wearable warehouse technology are not new trends, but the new level of sophistication that they now offer is helping warehouses re-invent their operations and achieve new levels of efficiency and productivity. As a result, an increasing number of warehouses are adopting these solutions as they progress towards warehouse digitalization. But are most warehouses ready to adopt these technology enablers yet?

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Is it Time for Internet of Things (IoT) in the Warehouse?

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As in transportation and healthcare, there seems to be much excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the warehouse too. But, what does IoT mean for the future of warehousing? Does it fit here as well? For practical application of this technology, it is important to understand how it can be used in the warehouse to increase efficiency and visibility.

Warehouse Operations: Optimizing the Shipping Process

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Shipping is the final warehouse process, and one of the most important ones, for that matter. While customer experience greatly depends on the shipping process, the process itself depends on the previous processes to varied extent. How efficiently the goods are picked, greatly depends on the put-away process while delivering them in good condition depends on the packing process.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.