The demand for transport and logistics as a service is growing, driven by the rise of online shopping. This opens an opportunity for retailers and transportation companies alike, to broaden their service offerings to include storage and fulfilment. However, there is more to becoming a 3PL than just adding "Logistics" to the company’s name.
As voice has grown in popularity in many people’s personal lives, it has also become more common in the warehouse. Today, millions of warehouses across the world are running their picking processes, receiving, put-away, interleaving and more with voice.
New technologies are reinventing supply chains, by digitally connecting every single manufacturing, fulfiling and distributing process in a holistic view. Software solutions and networked devices are significantly boosting efficiency and productivity.
We’ve enlisted the top trends that are shaping the supply chain of the future:
Meeting today’s consumer expectations is no small feat. To effectively manage shrinking time to delivery windows, fulfil omnichannel orders and enable drop-ship commerce, staff need instant access to supply chain data and the ability to act on it quickly and easily. This is particularly challenging for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) considering tight resources and competitive pressures.
Labour is one of the biggest overhead costs in warehouse and distribution operations. Yet, most warehouses cannot operate without a host of floor staff such as packers and pickers. In the world of ever shrinking delivery windows and ever growing customer expectations, effective warehouse and DC labour management is paramount. To remain profitable, businesses are trying to achieve the highest level of productivity with the lowest headcount possible.
Finding a complete supply chain solution that can adapt to and evolve with your business can be an expensive, laborious task.
But what if you could change the way your supply chain software worked to better fit your business? What if your own IT team could make these changes without modifying source code or disturbing the normal flow of your operations?
Whether you store your retail or wholesale inventory in your own warehouses, or you are a third-party logistics company responsible for fulfilment and distribution of external clients’ products, you depend on one or multiple carriers to deliver your goods.
We have enlisted the 5 top benefits of having an integrated Application Programming Interface (API) with carriers:
Picking is the part of the fulfilment process that can directly either enhance or jeopardize customer satisfaction, so you should regularly review the efficiency of the methods you’re currently using, noting their strengths and weaknesses.
Is it time for your business to review and/or streamline its picking method?
The incredible pace of adoption of internet retail and omnichannel is not only changing consumer purchasing behaviour, it is triggering fundamental operational changes for companies.
How do you succeed in this new economy where retailer and wholesalers need to reinvent themselves to compete (or comply) with giants like Walmart and Amazon? You need the right business processes and solutions that will support and scale with your company’s growth.
Yards are the link between warehouses and transportation. They play a critical part in logistics management and have a significant impact on the overall efficiency of a supply chain.
A YMS can give managers complete visibility of their yard operations resulting in real cost savings through better planning and management. Better workflows can reduce labour, fuel, and retention costs. Higher accuracy means fewer errors, delays and spoilage.
The growth of Craft Brewing can only be called phenomenal.
It has been fuelled by the passion of the brewers and the loyalty of their customers… And beards!
Whether it’s selling your branded merchandise online, simplifying the ordering process for your distributors, extending your fan club memberships, managing special releases and events, or automating inventory or asset management, your growing brewing business will benefit from automation.
Quality Assurance (QA, also called quality control or QC) is defined as “the operational techniques and activities that sustain the product or service quality to specified requirements” (from the Logistics Operational Guide) and it’s one of the most essential components of a warehouse’s efficiency strategy.
In this article, we have enlisted the main flaws with manual quality assurance processes as well as the key advantages automation can bring your business.
Intelligent Process Automation is rapidly changing the Manufacturing industry and robotics continues to emerge as a large and influential market. Businesses around the world are employing robotic automation to streamline operations, improve safety and ultimately increase revenue.
An automated warehouse offers immense benefits for operational efficiency and profit margins. But without an integrated solution to orchestrate these systems, you can’t maximize the potential of your operations.