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<p>No two pieces of equipment will have identical utilization, and their costs should reflect any differences.</p> By Josh Bond · May 1, 2015
Fleet costs don’t stop at the purchase price. Today, expanded collaboration between fleet managers, dealers, and finance partners is changing the way fleet costs are managed over time.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2015
As automated data collection (ADC) technologies become affordable and ruggedized, a wider swath of logistics operations are turning to a range of equipment and software to gain efficiencies and meet the growing demands of their customers.
By Jim Morton, Rodrigo Cambiaghi, and Nicole Radcliffe, Ernst & Young, LLP · March 1, 2015
Our consulting team defines the key concepts of inventory management and elaborate on the decisions and cross-functional collaboration required to be more effective.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2015
Though often characterized by feast or famine, this year’s view into warehouse and distribution spending plans instead strengthens a pattern of deliberate investment. Today, readers are determined to get the most out of every dollar spent.
By Bridget McCrea · January 1, 2015
The quest to improve worker productivity and enhance order accuracy in an omni-channel distribution environment is pushing more warehouse and DC managers to increase investment in warehouse mobility solutions. According to market thought leaders, not only has mobility arrived, but users are pushing for the next generation.
By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · November 1, 2014
According to our annual survey, cost efficiency is still king inside the four walls. However, respondents tell us that the muli-channel fulfillment challenge is pushing them to make more economical moves focused on process improvement and layout changes—steps that our analysts say are very encouraging.
By Josh Bond · October 1, 2014
As the industry successfully harnesses the wealth of available lift truck fleet data, opportunities for improvement extend throughout the operation.
By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · September 1, 2014
Faced with booming volumes and subsequent picking challenges, a leading plumbing and heating products distributor integrated voice picking with its warehouse management system (WMS). They’re now fulfilling record volumes more accurately in less time and with fewer people. Here’s how they’re getting it done.
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2014
Once seen as a necessary evil, lift truck maintenance costs prove ripe for efficiencies that save money and boost productivity. We look into new best practices and technologies that help introduce discipline into fleet management.
<p>Retailers and distributors are often turning to simple and easily scalable solutions, like voice- or light-enabled picking, to manage their peak demand.</p> By Bob Trebilcock · June 1, 2014
The rise of e-commerce, more frequent promotions, and competitive service-level agreements are creating more peak periods than ever in the DC. Here’s a look at five strategies companies are using to handle peak demand.
<p>Handheld RFID readers can scan large quantities of items simultaneously in a wide or narrow target field.</p> By Josh Bond · June 1, 2014
The RFID market is showing signs of steady growth as companies work to achieve a meaningful return on investment in specific areas of given processes.
<p>For customers unsure about the value of add-ons and features, renting equipment for an extended test drive has become a popular way to find the right truck.</p> By Josh Bond · May 1, 2014
The structure of an equipment lease can have a significant impact on operations—and there are ways to ensure the impact is a positive one.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2014
WMS is now called upon to support omni-channel fulfillment and the increased use of automation that’s necessary to make it all work. Here’s how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors are continuing to drive the evolution of the market’s most mature software.
<p>Camera-based scan engines enable fast, accurate reads of either 1D or 2D codes, and capture images that can be saved and used for quality control purposes.</p> By Sarah · March 1, 2014
Camera-based bar code scanners are a must for 2D codes, but today’s payoff mainly ties to improving 1D code processes, ergonomics, and read rates. Here’s a look at how this versatile tool is helping to transform fulfillment accuracy in dynamic distribution environments.
By Josh Bond · February 1, 2014
Our annual look into spending plans inside the four walls highlights growing interest in automation and software as workforce issues factor heavily into equipment investments.

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