Order Picking Solutions: Mix & Match to Improve Customer Service

Order picking is one of the main processes within a warehouse – and the most labor intensive. Most warehouses use a variety of order picking solutions within their operation, including carton flow, static storage, and pallet flow. As order picking is one of the most costly activities for a warehouse, supply chain managers today are […]

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Promat 2017: What We Learned

Promat 2017 has come and gone. Over 40,000 people attended with over 900 exhibitors showcasing new technologies. We got a chance to listen to some of the keynotes, visit other exhibitors and attend several interesting educational sessions. Here is what we learned: Day 1 Keynote: Session on sustainable solutions lead by author Andrew Winston, with […]

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Order Picking Methods: Which Is Best For You?

Order picking is one of the most costly- and essential- operations for your business. With greater volumes of e-commerce orders generated with smaller quantities of items, order picking operation costs are on the rise. A variety of picking methods are used to fulfill customer orders. Whichever method is chosen typically depends of the type of […]

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Spring Cleaning Your Order Picking Operation

As spring quickly approaches, many of us will be tidying up our desks, throwing out old paperwork, and preparing our workspaces for the new season. Will you be doing the same in your order picking operation? Piles and piles of inventory can be a real pain when trying to find products to fulfill orders- this […]

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FIFO Racks and Food Date Labels

Ever looked at a food or beverage label and wondered when to throw the product away because of the expiration date? With 10 different, acceptable date label phrases that food and beverage manufacturers use, it’s no wonder consumers are confused as to when their items will expire. Today, manufacturers use labels saying, “expires on,” “use […]

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Building a Safety Culture in Your Warehouse

Based on recent results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Standards, fatal injuries have declined by nearly 25 percent over the past 10 years. Out of 4821 total fatal work injuries in 2014, 94 can be attributed to falls, slips and trips, which took place in warehouses […]

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Integrating Ergonomics with Lean Processes

While ergonomics- with a focus on reducing injuries in the warehouse- and Lean- with its goal of reducing waste- originated in the manufacturing world, both strategies don’t really have anything to do with each other. Or do they? These principles have different goals, but they can complement each other in making the workplace a more […]

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Predictions for Material Handling

E-commerce sales are expected to grow to more than $400 billion in the next several years, per Internet Retailer magazine. MAPI predicts manufacturing production will increase 2.4% in 2017. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) shows that in their most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.17T to the US economy in 2015. NAM also says that […]

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Finding Warehouse Talent

Many surveys in our industry ask this same or a similar question: What do you see as your biggest challenge in 2017? The answers are equally as similar: driver shortage, lack of warehouse talent, and a dire need for supply chain talent in general. Basically, everyone in our industry seems to be experiencing a labor […]

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Holidays & Retail Storage: How to Prevent Out-of-Stocks

The 2016 holiday season started out strong for retail with Total Retail reporting US online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving reaching $5.27 billion. That’s a 17.7 percent increase year-over-year and a new record for the two days. Says Total Retail, “Shoppers hit the buy button at unprecedented levels this past weekend during Black […]

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