Warehouse & DC Management

By Bob Trebilcock · September 1, 2015
eBay Enterprise’s Kentucky distribution location was chosen for its proximity to both coasts, but also for its proximity to parcel shipping hubs beyond Louisville and Memphis. The e-tailer’s campus puts a premium on flexible processes and absolute speed to the customer for e-commerce fulfillment.
By Josh Bond · August 1, 2015
Having sprouted from mere lift truck maintenance, fleet management is now budding into a powerful and integral part of labor management.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2015
As e-commerce demands continue to drive up the need for faster pick speeds, voice technology is infiltrating the warehouse and DC, helping operations gain efficiencies, improve order accuracy, and get products into their customers’ hands faster than ever.
By Roberto Michel · June 1, 2015
ERP vendors who focus on the SME market seek to rival Tier 1 WMS vendors on deeper warehouse management functionality—while playing “suite card” on e-commerce and ERP foundation.
<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 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.
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By Josh Bond · January 1, 2015
Increased visibility into every lift truck’s costs is promoting accountability for operators, managers, and service providers.
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.
By Bridget McCrea · July 1, 2014
One of the best ways for logistics professionals to start chipping away at labor costs while achieving productivity gains inside the four walls is by setting up labor standards. Here are six surefire ways to start doing this today.
<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.

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