What are the main decision criteria when acquiring a warehouse technology system? Whether you have an existing system or are adding one for the first time, there are a whole host of factors that have to be taken into consideration. This special report from Multichannel Merchant will help guide your through the process.
Many companies find their IT and ecommerce technology strategies are out of sync, which can stunt growth and cause operational roadblocks. It’s time to stop and assess your strategies, looking at current state and where you need to get to. Here are 6 major factors to consider as you evaluate your overall system and ecommerce technology strategy.
Ecommerce companies are seeing double-digit growth in a business that requires them to fulfill orders of low line numbers, often just a single item, compared to bulk orders for store fulfillment. To address these challenges, more companies are turning to a variety of order fulfillment automation solutions. But what level of automation is right? Find out what solutions are available, how they’re being implemented and what the future of automation looks like.
I go to lots of conferences, but for me the Operations Summit is the most helpful to our clients and our consulting practice because it’s dedicated exclusively to improving direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations, presenting a broad range of operations experiences and solutions. It’s not too late to join us, April 12-14 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.
For a growing number of merchant companies, automated systems have become a way to address the issues of increasing throughput and order accuracy while decreasing returns. In addition to accuracy, often the biggest driver of automation decisions, the ability to achieve higher throughput per headcount, increasing efficiency while keeping down labor costs, is also paramount.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “This ERP system’s design is intuitive!” as an excuse for not writing procedures. These systems are so intuitive that management can’t seem to use them. Maybe it’s intuitive for Windows-based systems to some degree in terms of navigation and functions. Or it’s intuitive for those under 30 that have far more PC and web browser skills than mature workers.
To help alleviate these issues, here’s a checklist of 9 action steps to take that will help ensure a smooth ERP system upgrade.