Monday, March 9, 2015

The Dance of the Forklifts

Warehouse management helps squeeze waste out of your supply chain.

A warehouse can contain a lot of things. Waste and inefficiency shouldn’t be among them.
Proper warehouse management is a key factor in streamlining your supply chain. From dock management, receiving and put-away through the pick, pack and ship process, every operation offers opportunities to implement leading practices in your logistics.

Efficiency begets more efficiency. Slotting items carefully, making fast movers more accessible, saves time and labor when moving pallets in and out. Dynamic slotting that constantly monitors the velocity of item movement and changes the relative position of the items within the warehouse is even better. Working to a system allows your operations to function with the choreographed precision of a dance – and the beauty of this dance is the impact on your bottom line.

Instead of individual order picking, using a well-designed Warehouse Management System (WMS) allows a combination of wave, zone and batch picking, that can reduce labor costs by as much as a third. One client, a major New York-based food and beverage manufacturer, is on track to eliminate overtime labor almost completely. Another in MA, realized a 30 percent increase in productivity.

Ideally, your WMS coordinates with your TMS (Transportation Management System), so goods move out optimally on the back end. Avoid congestion and bottlenecks, improve labor management while cutting overtime, and you can save substantial sums of money, while simultaneously improving customer satisfaction.

Are your warehouse operations costing you money through outdated practices or lack of transparency? Let us show you how you can move your products more efficiently, even when they’re standing still. 

Kirk Shearer
1-800-989-0054 x103

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