Warehouses that are packed with highly combustible materials, such as plastic bins and cardboard boxes, are susceptible to catching fire from errant sparks. Once fire strikes, steel racks can warp and collapse from the heat. With more warehouses adopting automation, there is increased risk for fire as robots pick and pack orders and goods are packed more densely and higher, which could interfere with fire suppression systems. However, there are strategies that can reduce fire risks in automated warehouses. Sprinkler Systems It’s time to start thinking modular when it comes to sprinkler protection. Instead of just ceiling-level sprinklers, in-rack sprinklers are now recommended for better
As customer expectations and buying habits continue to evolve, choosing the best 3PL partner for your business is more important than ever. Since your 3PL plays an important part in the success of your business, you need to choose carefully. Here are some tips for choosing the right 3PL partner to fit your business needs. Measure Performance Identify measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) to see how your potential 3PL partner is performing. Setting up measurable KPIs can help you track the 3PL company’s efficiency. Make sure that you request access to measuring their on-time deliveries independently instead of relying on canned information from the 3PL.
It’s no secret that the holidays make many small business owners anxious when it comes to distribution and shipping. There’s worry about increased volume, increased costs and possibility of delays from winter weather or driver shortages — all of which can add up to dissatisfied customers. Now is the time to prepare your holiday distribution strategy to mitigate these problems. Your strategy should include: Preparing inventory for holiday orders. Assess what moved from your inventory in years past, how quickly it moved, and whether you met any challenges. Proactive inventory management software can help you avoid shortages. Researching this year’s shipping rates and service fees. Don’t
If you read business journals, you’ll have read about companies that have fallen victim to the Amazon effect, as a result of which they are collectively losing billions of dollars. Inefficient inventory controls that negatively impact inventory planning and forecasting are responsible for some of this loss. It’s no secret that traditional forecasting methods are not an accurate way to plan inventory, because they’re imprecise and at times wildly inaccurate when it comes to predicting customer behavior in a technologically-driven world. Today, companies need to take a new approach to inventory practices. Best Practices in Inventory Management Today’s best practices in inventory management require a better
Not all heroes wear capes. Anticipating everything that could go wrong, preparing for the worst, and taking proactive measures to make sure everything goes smoothly after all are signs of true professionals. All the hard work that has gone into your interior installation project comes to fruition on installation day. It’s an exciting time as furnishings, equipment, and even art pieces begin to arrive. But then comes the installation process…and along with it, possible hiccups that could make things not go quite as planned. It helps if you are prepared with these few essential tools in your interior installation bag of tricks and quick fixes:
With supply chains continually growing and evolving, so is the automation technology that streamlines logistics management. Here are five examples of how automation technology is improving warehousing and materials handling in logistics management. #1. Self-Driving Forklifts Forklifts that are autonomous help cut labor costs in warehouses. They can also improve safety by eliminating human errors that cause work-related accidents. #2. Drones Amazon began testing drone deliveries in 2016 in the United Kingdom and AHA launched the first drone delivery service in Reykjavik, Iceland this past summer. Drone delivery can cut costs and delivery times, but the traditional fleet still handles the vast majority of shipping
Third-party logistics has come a long way in technologies that address shipper needs. 3PL technology brings greater automation, faster response to disruptions in supply chains, and increased visibility of shipments. But two studies on the logistics market that were presented in September at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals show that there still is a long way to go with bridging some major gaps. What the Studies Showed In one study, 56 percent of shippers surveyed were satisfied with 3PL companies’ IT capabilities, which was a decrease from 65 percent the previous year. While those numbers are much higher from
When the word “disruptive” is used, thoughts often come to mind that nothing good can come out of what is being described as disruptive. However, the term “disruptive innovation” is used to describe a new market and value network and how it disrupts an existing market with the potential to greatly improve. Warehouse management is currently undergoing disruptive innovations that have the potential to significantly change the industry for the better. AWD has already adopted several disruptive innovations with their warehousing operations, including: Internet of Things. By utilizing the power IoT, AWD provides secure and climate controlled warehousing. Our state-of-the-art security and fire control systems
Having the right distribution strategies in place can give you a great advantage over your competitors. You could have the best products in the world, but if you cannot get them to your customers in a timely and cost-effective manner, you’re wasting money on marketing and you’re losing opportunities for growth. When determining what distribution strategies best fit your company’s goals, you need to ask three key questions: How will you get your product from the manufacturer to your customers? How will you save time and control your costs with your implemented distribution strategy? Which distribution strategy will allow you to build a competitive advantage?
No matter the industry or the product being sold, all companies can benefit from improved warehouse operations. This is an area of business where supply chain managers look to obtain maximum efficiency while keeping costs in check. A balance that streamlines the supply chain and the budget is achieved by implementing some of the best practices for warehouses. Advanced Notifications of Receiving and Shipment Dates A regular shipping and receiving schedule is not always efficient. Disruptions or delays could cause deviations from an expected schedule and impact warehouse operations. However, by utilizing electronic advanced shipping notifications, it’s easier to plan to have labor on hand