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How Receiving Affects the Supply Chain  Aug 08, 2007 8:38 PM By Sam Flanders

This series investigates what might happen if you think outside of the warehouse box and consider how changes made outside your distribution center may end up benefiting your operation and saving you money. Here are three tips to improve receiving.

Batching Orders Can Cut Down on Travel  Aug 01, 2007 11:00 PM By Sam Flanders

As your operation grows, the type of order selection vehicles that will work best for you may change. Growth often means increasing numbers of SKUs, and larger on-hand quantities. It is not uncommon for shelving storage requirements to grow to cases on pallet rack shelving, and then to full pallet loads of a single SKU. In a business where items are constantly added and changing, you may find that SKUs will proliferate. All of these factors can combine to create extra travel that can place a growing burden on your order picking staff. Fortunately, there are some powered vehicle options that can help.

The Skinny on Order Completion Analysis  Jul 25, 2007 7:16 PM By Sam Flanders

“Data analysis” is a name given to the process of evaluating and interpreting historical electronic data. In distribution environments, we most commonly look at historical product and order data, to look for patterns and opportunities that are not apparent from observation alone. This month I look at a specific type of analysis which can be done for operations that have a small number of SKUs common to many orders.

On Racking and Shelving  Jun 20, 2007 9:34 PM By Sam Flanders

Don’t know your racking from your shelving? Here’s a primer:

A New Twist on Automated Storage and Retrieval  Jun 05, 2007 10:14 PM By Sam Flanders

There’s a new twist out there on the automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). Mini-AGV (automatic guided vehicle) systems are an alternative to mini-load AS/RS

Filling the Void, Part Two  May 30, 2007 8:44 PM By Sam Flanders

This is the second in a series on how to pack and fill parcels before shipping them.

A Few Thoughts About Storage  May 23, 2007 7:38 PM By Sam Flanders

Are you thinking about adding to your existing pallet storage? If you have large numbers of pallets for a single SKU, there are a number of alternatives to traditional selective pallet rack that you may want to consider

Filling the Void  May 16, 2007 9:28 PM By Sam Flanders

Many different types of fill and void fill equipment have been introduced over the past 20 years. Let’s take a look at some of the systems that have been around the longest, and proceeding to the most modern systems commonly available.

Five Common Customer Service Failures  Apr 25, 2007 9:34 PM By Sam Flanders

Companies with the highest levels of customer satisfaction always carry their goal of customer service perfection into the distribution center. It is too easy to think of the distribution center as an operation completely separated from the customer. And companies that do this do so at their own peril.

Illuminating DC Lighting  Apr 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Sam Flanders

A brightly lit facility not only helps reduce fatigue and errors, but it also helps foster a friendlier and more orderly work environment. Early distribution

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