From self-driving trucks to robots and drones, the race is on and every major carrier and retailer wants to be the first to launch an AI driven delivery service.
So, is it beginning of the end for your friendly delivery guy?
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.
In today’s market, sophisticated technology allows companies to respond to increasing consumer pressure and ever-shrinking delivery windows. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and WMS (Warehouse Management System) systems have become the backbone of distribution, wholesale, supply chain or FMCG businesses. These systems are able to handle large amounts of data, capturing every barcode scan, mouse click and inventory movement. They are designed to improve productivity, efficiency and accuracy whilst reducing overall operational costs.
So which one do you need?
In the past routing focused on moving drivers from point A to point B. Now businesses have grown to understand that routing affects several aspects of an operation including safety, customer service and ultimately, profitability. Read the article to find out how a sophisticated Route Optimisation solution allows you to leverage your freight network to its utmost potential!
For Enterprises, augmented reality can revolutionise warehouse operations. The technology has the potential to enhance numerous activities from training programs, through logistics, to equipment operation. Industrial smart glasses go beyond visual cues, also leveraging voice or barcode scanning capabilities. These devices open the door to a new multi-modal picking process, including voice and scanning technology, for a seemingly hands-free experience.
Choosing the right TMS solution can be an extensive process, and there are a number of factors to consider. As one of your business's most important systems, it's critical to weigh all variables to make an educated decision. The solution must have the flexibility to adapt to your unique business complexities and enable you to work creatively to achieve company objectives.
This article enlists the key operational functions a TMS can improve:
Technology is the greatest change agent around. Consider how integrated your life is with your technology – you can manage bank accounts, interact with friends, plan vacations, research purchases, and pay bills online. But many people still use a whiteboard, clipboard or spreadsheet for critical business processes such as appointment scheduling.
With so much of yours and your customer’s daily routine online, does it make sense to continue managing your appointments manually?
Access to information is the driving force of business today. Information allows us to make better strategic plans, educated business decisions, and to forecast more accurately.
The HighJump platform offers custom-designed technology that allows 3PLs to maximise their fleet utilization. This is how:
Choosing the right warehouse location is a task that requires extensive research and planning. It can have a huge impact in how efficient, profitable and competitive a business is. When making that decision, carefully consider your needs and priorities and assess the right environment for your business.
We have listed the five main concerns a company must consider when shopping for a new warehouse:
The right tools can empower manufacturers with workflows and processes that drive continuous improvement and organizational value. Moreover, having the right technology can be a key strategic differentiator from competitors.
By automating your entire supply chain, including manufacturing execution system (MES) and warehouse management systems (WMS) you’ll be able to track all your products throughout the supply chain. These programs should work together seamlessly, providing visibility and maximizing efficiency from production to delivery.
The rise of eCommerce and increasing demands of its customers has put pressure on warehouse and supply chain leaders to revolutionise their operations. Retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are pushed to broaden offerings and shorten delivery timeframe in order to remain competitive.
By engaging the right cloud supply chain partner, you’ll enable your organization to focus on your business without the burden of servers, networking, database, and other routine maintenance tasks.
Access to information must keep up with the rapid pace that today’s cyber economy drives your business. Moreover, it must be available where and when needed to inform sound decision-making. In order to gain this critical deep insight into your business operations, you need to implement a Supply Chain software that integrates with your current technology and aligns with your processes and procedures.
In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies are struggling to keep high levels of accuracy and meeting customers’ expectations for ever decreasing delivery windows. In order to remain competitive, they need to take a holistic approach to optimising their operations. The key is to select the right technological innovations that will fulfil your business’ needs.
The ability to meet customers’ needs all year long is crucial to a business’ success. However, purchasing inventory is a constant risk that companies undertake, as seasonal demands fluctuate and play havoc with stock levels.
In order to prepare for that, a business must carefully and effectively manage its inventory levels observing seasonal variations to avoid storing unnecessary items as well as running out of popular ones, especially if they’re promising next-day or same-day delivery!