Just-In-Time Manufacturing & UNEX

Just-in-time manufacturing originated at the British Motor Corporation in Sydney, Australia in the mid-1950’s, was later adopted in Japan, and became more prominent in the US in the 1970s when Toyota adopted the methodology. Just-in-time manufacturing, or JIT for short, was renamed lean manufacturing in the 90’s, and is still called this today. Just-in-time manufacturing, […]

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Warehouse Space- When Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Warehouse space is becoming a premium in today’s fast-paced e-commerce world. There just isn’t enough warehouse space available to store products to meet online customer demand. This is partially due to the fact that very little development occurred a decade ago because of the economic downturn, and the market just hasn’t been able to build […]

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A Mother’s Day Supply Chain

This weekend is Mother’s Day, a world-wide tradition of honoring mothers on the second Sunday of May with flowers, cards and other gifts. Here are some Mother’s Day statistics of interest: Total number of moms in the U.S.: 85.4 million Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually: $671 million Total amount of money […]

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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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