How Warehouse Automation is Revolutionizing Alcohol Distribution

How Warehouse Automation is Revolutionizing Alcohol Distribution

HighJump’s Chief Technology Officer: Sean Elliot is quoted in this industry article (and image) from A look at the technologies distributors like Breakthru Beverage Group and Martignetti are using to consolidate operations, streamline deliveries, and increase ROI.

Read the full article here.

This article discusses the use of “automation” solutions (those that rely completely on machines) vs “mechanization” (involving machines in conjunction with human workers). The use of technology for higher heights in warehousing solution e.g. AR/RS, case shuttle systems, pick to voice systems and the trend towards future automation options including dispenser, goods-to-person systems and drones (already used in the wider food industry).

What are Dynamic Waves?

What are Dynamic Waves?

Dynamic waves have been hitting the headlines of late. But, what is this new phenomenon and why should you care?

Also known as ‘waveless processing’ or ‘waveless order fulfillment’, dynamic waves are an answer to the increasing strain on traditional operating models.

Indeed, traditional waving can no longer keep up with the pace of e-commerce, 24/7 orders and same-day processing.

In the past, wave processing was adopted in order to improve productivity across distribution channels.

Gain the Edge with Supply Chain Advantage

Gain the Edge with Supply Chain Advantage

Recent studies suggest that users prefer WMS that is easy to learn, efficient, flexible and satisfying.

In response, HighJump has built a consumer-friendly platform for everyone in your organisation; from executives to warehouse workers.

Wouldn’t you want to know how your business is performing at any point? Can those in operations access orders, inventory, and shipment updates on the go?

Lastly, can you share and examine warehouse workload data - on the road?

Is a Push or Pull Strategy Better for your Supply Chain?

Is a Push or Pull Strategy Better for your Supply Chain?

Increasing customer demands combined with the challenges of omni-channel retail; means that every supply chain needs a clear strategy going forward.

Smart operators also learn from their competitors. Generally, there are three ways you can improve your supply chain: people, processes and technology.

But none of this is possible without a strategy.

One such strategy is a push supply chain strategy.

How to Fulfill Changing Customer Demands with Omni-channel Retail

How to Fulfill Changing Customer Demands with Omni-channel Retail

Despite what you might think, your customers don’t care about ‘digital’, ‘omni-channel’ or ‘e-commerce.’ They care about buying products how they want, where they want, and swift and competent customer service.

In other words, these buzzwords are just a means to delivering on changing customer demands.

In order to fulfill on these changing demands, retailers need to assess their customers, competitors and changing technology. There are a few key questions that you can ask:

  • What is your competitive advantage?

  • Are you delivering on your customer promises?

  • Which channels are your customers using? Are all of them profitable?

  • Do your customers complain that you don’t offer certain channels?

  • Is your e-commerce platform working? Are customers completing their baskets?

5 Things your Competitors can Teach you About Omni-channel Retail

5 Things your Competitors can Teach you About Omni-channel Retail

The best supply chains in retail enable the quick transfer of goods. They are also transparent, versatile, stable and diversified.

There are three main components to achieving each of these attributes:

  • People
  • Processes
  • Technology

People means having the right individuals performing the tasks that best suit both the individual’s skill-set as well as the needs of the company. Processes means having the best systems in place in order to maximise your supply chains’ efficiency and sustainability.

3 Reasons you Should Invest in In-store Fulfillment Software

3 Reasons you Should Invest in In-store Fulfillment Software

Today’s customers are more demanding than ever before. They want to order your merchandise online or in-store, and they want it delivered in lightening quick time… or the flexibility to pick it up themselves.

As a result of these changing demands, retailers are being forced to change their approach to warehouse operations.

One such approach is in-store fulfillment: the process of fulfilling and shipping orders from a brick-and-mortar retail environment.

3 Challenges of In-store Fulfillment (and how to workaround it)

3 Challenges of In-store Fulfillment (and how to workaround it)

In-store order fulfillment presents a great opportunity for retailers. Implemented successfully, in-store fulfillment enables retailers to decrease shipping costs, boost gross margins, increase supply chain efficiencies and more.

However, retailers are not optimised for ‘warehouse-like’ efficiency. They are designed to provide an excellent customer experience for walk-in shoppers.

This in-turn; presents challenges for retailers looking to implement order fulfillment within store.

What is In-Store Fulfillment?

What is In-Store Fulfillment?

Today’s customers demand flexibility and excellent customer service across every channel, whether you are purely brick-and-mortar or e-commerce. But increasing customer demand means increased complexity. Complexity for retailers with unique omni-channel operational challenges.

To add to this complexity, 71% of shoppers now expect to be able to access in-store products online and 50% want to be able to buy online and pickup in-store.

However, many retailers still haven’t implemented the basics such as store pickup, cross channel inventory visibility, and store fulfillment.

There is a disconnect between what consumers want and the omni-channel capabilities that retailers are willing to offer.

Jack’s of Fiji taps HighJump WMS to support growing distribution operations

HighJump expands global customer base to the Pacific by enabling one of the region’s leading retailers.

MINNEAPOLIS – August 28, 2017 – HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, announced today that Jack’s of Fiji (JOF), a leading retailer in the Fiji Islands, selected HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) for its rollout at several distribution centres in Fiji. JOF is the first HighJump customer to implement the WMS in Fiji.

Case Study:  Multilayer Trading

Multilayer Trading achieves real-time visibility, increases productivity, improves efficiencies and adapts to customers' unique business processes with HighJump's adaptable warehouse management system. Multilayer Trading is an independently-owned third-party logistics (3PL) provider operating in South Africa. The group manages high-quality, modern warehousing space across its locations, providing storage, distribution and operational solutions to some of the largest retailers in the region.

iWMS Announces New Brand Identity

iWMS has unveiled a new Brand identity, symbolised by a modern and sharper Brand mark. We have, at the same time, retained the core aspects of the original logo and not moved too far away from what Customers are familiar with.

This simple, yet effective, change in our Brand image was necessary to underpin our classic values and 8-year journey of growth and expansion into new markets around the world. We believe the new Brand mark better matches what we have become since our inception in 2009.