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Few distribution center managers have the luxury of excess warehouse space that can be tapped whenever needed. Certainly the vast majority of DC personnel would claim they have a shortage rather than a surplus of space.
Storage and inventory control processes include the activities related to holding material and the processes of counting and transacting the material as it moves through the warehouse.
A brightly lit facility helps reduce fatigue and reduce errors. A bright facility also helps foster a friendlier and more orderly work environment.
To comment how automated data collection (ADC) has made inventory and material tracking incredibly more efficient would be preaching to the converted. But now that things in the warehouse are moving so smoothly, have you noticed an area where the barcoding process bogs down?
Getting your distribution center ready for the next peak season is in some ways a matter of recognizing that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. To put it another way, now’s the time to learn from your mistakes and begin to formulate a plan for the next holiday season.
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Software systems range from very simple systems that can be made fully functional in a day to those that require very careful planning and a year or more to get working. As an operations manager, you need to select a solution that is manageable and that your staff and your company’s departmental resources can readily support.
Question: I am trying to select a new catalog management system that also includes warehouse functionality. After reading the brochures, talking with vendors, and participating in Webinars with them, how do I make sense of all the information?
Being a supervisor in a fast-paced distribution center is a lot like being an airline pilot: Success is all in the approach.
Finding room in the distribution center for product and necessary processes often ends up being a game of Tetris. Ineffectively placed pieces decrease your time to react, space starts getting tight, and placing new pieces becomes a challenge.