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Three Solutions to Help You Think Vertically  Nov 15, 2006 8:02 PM By Sam Flanders

If your warehouse is out of space for your smaller items, such as parts, vendor boxes, and totes, here are three relatively inexpensive vertical storage solutions.

The Ins and Outs of World-Class Order Selection  Nov 08, 2006 8:48 PM By Sam Flanders

You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on a new piece of automaton or software to save significantly in your order selection operation. In fact, many costly systems rely on one or more of the very same process changes we’ll discuss here. By deploying one or more of these ideas, you can sometimes dramatically increase your labor efficiency (by 50% or more) and do it without any substantial risk or expense.

The Ins and Outs of Conveyor-Based Zone Picking  Sep 06, 2006 10:48 PM By Sam Flanders

Conveyor-based zone picking can dramatically improve operational performance in certain situations. It works by separating an order into two or more distinct picking zones and having the conveyor control system determine what zones the order needs to visit. It is most often used with a shipping carton or tote, traveling on a conveyor system.

The case for third-party manifesting software  Sep 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Sam Flanders

Manifesting software is becoming more sophisticated with each passing year. The software pinpoints the most cost-effective carrier for each package, based

Customize Dashboards for Individual Needs  Aug 30, 2006 11:12 PM By Sam Flanders

You should create multiple “dashboards” in your facility, signs or screens each customized with metrics and information for a particular audience. Senior management will be most interested in getting a view of how the entire facility is doing.

Keeping Tabs on Carriers with Manifesting Software  Aug 09, 2006 8:12 PM By Sam Flanders

Manifesting software is becoming more sophisticated with each passing year. The software pinpoints the most cost-effective carrier for each package, based on criteria the cataloger has configured into the software. The criteria typically include the physical dimensions of the box the item will be shipped in, the weight of the package, the destination, and the approved carriers.

Six tips for uncramping your distribution center  Aug 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Sam Flanders

Woo-hoo! Business is booming! Things are going so well that the merchandising and marketing executives have decided to add inventory and product lines.

Best Practices in Receiving  Jul 19, 2006 8:42 PM By Sam Flanders

Receiving is an often-overlooked process in the distribution center. It is common for DC managers to focus on the picking and packing functions instead. Still, if receiving isn’t done efficiently and accurately, it can have a direct and dramatic impact on your order selection efficiency. Product that is sitting on the dock or on a pallet in a remote corner of the warehouse is not available for picking. The result could be shortages or the need for excess labor to fill the requirement.

Cramped Space a Problem in the DC?  Jul 12, 2006 8:26 PM By Sam Flanders

The effect of growth on the distribution center can be negative. Growth can decrease your performance and increase your errors. Space problems can occur so gradually that you may not even be aware of them. The easiest answer to a space crunch is to get more, but this may not always be the wisest decision. There is often a tradeoff between space and labor and adding space can actually increase your labor costs. Fortunately, there are some strategies can improve both space and labor! Here are a few low cost solutions as well as some higher tech equipment and system based options.

What to Consider When Considering a WMS  May 17, 2006 9:16 PM By Sam Flanders

Computer software, such as the warehouse management system (WMS), can be a godsend to your operation, dramatically improving performance over paper-based or manual systems. A WMS normally manages everything within the four walls of your warehouse, including material transactions, inbound, outbound, stock put-aways, replenishment, and transfers.

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