Many ecommerce fulfillment centers spend much of their time implementing reactive tactics without ever thinking through the strategy of what they’re trying to achieve. Often the terms “tactics” and “strategy” are incorrectly used interchangeably. Here are 8 supply chain strategies to help you improve your ecommerce operations.
To determine if your ecommerce fulfillment center is running as efficiently as possible, start with an operations audit or assessment, taking into account quantitative and qualitative aspects of all processes and systems. Here are 11 ways to reduce costs, make your operations run smoother and improve the customer experience.
When you’re not diligent in planning workloads, measuring productivity and publishing results to employees, work will expand to fill the time available for its completion. If this describes your ecommerce operations, here are ways you can experiment with measuring and improving productivity, while increasing efficiency.
Amazon is reportedly experimenting with robotic arms that can visually identify items on a conveyor, pick them up using a compressed air vacuum gripper and place them on a table or shelf. At the same time the company says publicly the state of the art isn’t there yet to handle the wide variety of products it stores and sells.
Many merchant operations are not ready for a fully automated slotting system, especially the capital investment and continuing maintenance required. However almost every ecommerce warehouse can benefit from applying some basic slotting methodology. Here are some tips on creating a slotting analysis.
Many options exist in the marketplace for high-tech solutions that reduce 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.