In today’s world, the role of a warehouse operations/logistics/distribution manager is fundamental to the financial success of an organization. The key performance indicators (KPI’s) of a logistics manager are no longer limited to just management of daily functions of a warehouse. Efficiency and cost reduction at all stages of warehouse processes now test the skills of even the most experienced warehouse operations team. To meet the growing consumer demand for goods and services it has become essential for organizations to employ an efficient warehouse management system. But how to choose the right warehouse management system for your company?
Many of us are guilty of some of these worst inventory practices which is really saying they’re easy to commit because it’s convenient and gets the product out the door. However, there’s a price tag for all these ‘sins’ and that comes in the form of obsolete inventory and dissatisfied customers.
The launch of the Smart Warehouse was an unqualified success, judging by the excitement and response of the people who visited our booth. The Smart Warehouse is a solution that finally addresses those remaining barriers to warehouse productivity. From what we saw and heard, it didn’t matter if they were a single five-person warehouse or a fifty facility warehouse operation they all kept saying the same thing “we need more..
our organization probably chose VISUAL as your ERP solution for several reasons. One of these may be VISUAL’s flexibility which has allowed you to grow your business. Another could be the ability to expand collaboration within your company. But have you noticed that the communication and collaboration ends there? Is there a gap between your ERP and your supply chain and are critical transactions continuing to happen outside of your ERP system? For example, once a Purchase Order is issued, do manual processes take over forcing your procurement team to manage your suppliers using emails, fax, and excel? Your organization has invested in VISUAL ERP, but at some point, you have to ask yourself - are you maximizing its technology to the fullest potential?
A license plate is simply an additional form of unique identification to mark a pallet or some grouping of products or materials. It’s used to rapidly move this group of products from one location to another without having to scan the individual contents of that group.
We have seen license plating used many ways by our customers to solve material tracking problems both creatively and efficiently.
Arguably the most important function of any warehouse is fast and accurate picking of customer orders and where we’ve been asked to deploy the most automation. Here’s my take on some of the more popular picking practices used today and the technologies used in each of those pick methods.
1. Order Picking
Is your scheduling process a dry-erase marker and whiteboard? After spending thousands on an ERP system, are you still manually scheduling. If you are struggling with shop floor control, Protected Flow Manufacturing is the solution for you.
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VISUAL Focus will take place October 21-24, 2018 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. Here is what’s included in the conference:
· Over 130 sessions and workshops, including 30 new sessions. This is the major draw to past attendees of the conference. There is so much to choose from, an attendee can only attend a little over 10% of what is offered. That’s why companies typically send more than one attendee.
· One-on-one consulting sessions
By Mark Thomas, Program Director,Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Schulich Executive Education Centre.
New business opportunities and corporate reorganizations are a way of life – and depending on your skills and abilities these changes can lead to promotions, side-shifts or other moves.
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What version of VISUAL are you on? If it’s not 9.x.x, you are not on the latest version. VISUAL 9 was a major release; minor releases are designated as 9.0.1, 9.0.2, etc., and are released every quarter. Depending on the version of VISUAL you are on today, version 9.x.x has anywhere from 75 to hundreds of enhancements. Here are my top 5 in version 9.
Putaway is one of those functions that is put on the backburner when there is a lot of picking, loading or replenishment to do. As a result, aisles become full, fill rates fall, and the warehouse starts to look like a maze of products.
Here are 8 great ideas for putaway success – warning discipline required!
Most often people think of labeling involving only finished goods – product that is going out the door to your customer or if you’re a master distributor, your customer’s customer. However, we are going to expand this topic by including work in progress goods that are going to a third party for some work that you can’t do in-house and means this product will come back to you for further work or just warehousing.
For all outbound labels the key considerations can be boiled down to what needs to go on the label to satisfy:
As easy as 123. Learn how to do Purchase Order (PO) Receiving and Purchase Order Put Away for traceable and non-traceable parts using Telnet handheld screens of RF Plus™ Warehouse Management System for VISUAL Manufacturing.
Picking up where we left off. Below are some more tips which you must consider before starting a barcoding project. These important tips will help you ensure that your resources are used in the most lucrative way possible.
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These tips have saved our customers both time and money over the years. Consider them, before starting your barcoding project.
This week’s article is about labeling on inbound goods – both raw materials and goods for resale.
Let’s start by looking at the basic anatomy of a label which can have at a minimum any one of the following:
Wireless warehouse transaction processing is widely used in large warehouse operations (over 50,000 square ft.). But when we consider all warehouses in North America (more than 800,000), it is actually used by only 30% of them.
Are your customer service representatives (CSR) unfamiliar with your warehouse operations? Are they even aware as to where your warehouse is? If you think your CSRs should only know how to use the UPS tracking site, then you may want to reconsider their training!
We at Portable Intelligence Inc., view Inventory Optimization as a journey and not a destination. While the journey is certainly different for every warehouse, the factors that result in optimized inventory are common across the board. We use a simple framework while conducting a warehouse review. Ultimately, it is this effective framework, that allows us to not only apply our technology successfully but also to optimize inventory management.