4 Steps For Reducing Pick-Error Rates

| Gary Patterson

Many options exist in the marketplace for high-tech solutions that reduce or nearly minimize errors in the fulfillment process, including pick-to-light systems, voice-automated picking systems and even fully automated robotic picking systems. However, these solutions can be expensive and are therefore not financially justifiable for small volume or highly variable fulfillment operations. Here are four steps to reduce your pick-error rates.

Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy once again in our roundup of recent ecommerce distribution center and fulfillment center activity – including one on the site of a shuttered mall just east of Cleveland. Other companies planning to open new facilities include Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ASOS and Tractor Supply.

Improve Fulfillment Pick Rates with Efficient SKU Replenishment

| Brian Barry

Many fulfillment centers use a forward pick slot concept to store product and reduce picking walk time. While WMS software has greatly improved SKU replenishment functionality, those with older systems are more dependent on manual processes. For those companies, here are some tips to help you make SKU replenishment more efficient.

Does Distribution Center Housekeeping Indicate Other Issues?

| Brian Barry

The housekeeping and organization disciplines in a well-run distribution center are just as important as managing the people, effective systems and productivity. In fact, organization and housekeeping contributes to the effectiveness of the use of space, customer service and how you handle orders.

Avoid Winter Warehouse Woes with Peak Holiday Season Planning

| Chris Anton

In the midst of the dog days of summer are the times to be thinking and planning for the winter holidays. With the right plan and tools in place for your warehouse, you can deliver on growing consumer demands. Here are some important factors to consider when priming your warehouse systems for peak holiday season.

19 Steps to More Efficient DTC Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers’ legendary coach, excelled at winning football games because his teams mastered and executed the fundamentals. When we assess multichannel fulfillment operations, we think Lombardi’s wisdom can be applied to many businesses to gain efficiency. These 19 tactics will help you improve your operational blocking and tackling.

Former Kiva Executives Launch 6 River Systems

| Mike O'Brien

Joining an ever-more-crowded group of robotics providers for ecommerce fulfillment, two former executives of Kiva Systems have built what they believe is a better mousetrap, via 6 River Systems and its Chuck autonomous robot. See what its capabilities are, and how a 6 River co-founder views the future of robotic fulfillment.

15 Ways to Improve Warehouse Space Utilization

| Brian Barry

During evaluation of multichannel warehouse operations, efficiency typically drops from a movement and storage perspective when between 80% and 85% of available space is being used. With new warehouse locations at a premium and costs rising, here are 15 ways you can improve warehouse space utilization in your existing facility.

Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy with distribution center and fulfillment center development in Michigan and California. See what other development is taking place as companies like Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods expand their fulfillment networks.