The Future of Distribution

As we have discussed in previous entries, the world of distribution is rapidly transforming. But how do our expert Pickologists see the future of warehousing? We asked our sales managers what they expect to see in the next decade. How will the warehouse of the future look different from today? Warehouses of the future will […]

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Inventory Positioning: Best Practices

Retailers with multiple stores, product lines and product types need to implement inventory positioning best practices to ensure SKUs are in the right store or facility at the right time to better meet customer service requirements. Inventory positioning is not guesswork; instead, data-driven analysis should be used to ensure inventory is available and correctly positioned […]

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How Does Big Data Affect Manufacturing Operations?

Big data is growing in importance within US manufacturing operations, helping manufacturers to stay competitive in the global market. Capturing the data is just part of the equation – sensors and processors must be embedded in everything from forklifts to pallets to material handling equipment. The industry calls this the Internet of Things (IoT). Industry […]

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A Look at Ergonomics in the Distribution Center

Think for a moment about your personal definition of productivity. Words like “effectiveness” and “output” and “production” likely come to mind. But what we often forget in material handling is that productivity doesn’t have to mean harder work. In fact, in manufacturing operations and distribution facilities, higher productivity often means less demanding physical work, employee […]

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Order Picking: A Game of Seconds

As you know, running a warehouse or distribution center is a game of seconds. If you can shave just one second off the time it takes your workers to find, pick, and deliver medium-throughput SKUs, you’ll: Increase efficiency Reduce overhead Boost employee morale Doing the same for high-throughput and low-throughput SKUs will maximize that impact. […]

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Changing Direction: Goods-to-Person

Clogged aisles? Congested pick zones? Bottlenecks in your DC? Fueled by e-commerce growth, warehouses are changing the way they fulfill orders. Instead of bringing the pickers to the goods to pick items, companies are using automation to take goods to the person. Statistics show that order pickers spend 60 percent of their day traveling within […]

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Tackling the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Recently, our President Brian Neuwirth gave a presentation at Ocean County College discussing the challenges UNEX and other manufacturers face in the coming years. A major focus of this presentation was the manufacturing skills gap- a persistent issue that has considerable implications for the future of the manufacturing industry. President Neuwirth argued that how manufacturers like […]

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How to Implement a Return Process

Often called the Reverse Supply Chain, if you ship products, you can be sure you will have to deal with product returns as well. According to the Reverse Logistics Association, “the volume of returns annually is estimated at six percent of $3.5 trillion total US annual retail sales.” UPS estimates that manufacturers spend 9 – […]

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Order Picking: Best Practices

In this omni-channel, Amazonian world, customers are placing smaller, more frequent orders – and wanting their orders as soon as possible. Supply chain executives must focus on improving order fulfillment, lowering inventory costs and reducing labor usage. Focusing on refining order picking processes will meet these goals while improving customer service, creating a more competitive […]

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Top Trends in Distribution for 2016

The distribution market has gone through significant changes over the past few years, and will continue to do so in 2016. Let’s look at the top trends in this industry for 2016 and how you can prepare your business to meet these game-changing challenges. Trend 1: E-Commerce Growth Customers are becoming increasingly comfortable with buying […]

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