Modex Atlanta April 9-12 2018- The Smart Warehouse Launch

Modex Atlanta April 9-12 2018- The Smart Warehouse Launch

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..

Why PO management is important for VISUAL ERP users?

Why PO management is important for VISUAL ERP users?

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?

7 Essential Uses of License Plates

7 Essential Uses of License Plates

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.

How do you pick you customer orders?

How do you pick you customer orders?

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

Shop Floor Scheduling Challenges?

Shop Floor Scheduling Challenges?

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.

3 Benefits of Attending VISUAL Focus, the Premier Conference for VISUAL ERP Users

3 Benefits of Attending VISUAL Focus, the Premier Conference for VISUAL ERP Users

Let’s start with the details

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

Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain Education

Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain Education

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.  

Let's look at you. 

The year that was... 2017

The year that was... 2017

EVERY END IS A NEW BEGINNING

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”

- MELODY BEATTIE

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to VISUAL 9

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to VISUAL 9

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.

8 Effective Ways to Putaway

8 Effective Ways to Putaway

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!

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

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:

Purchase Order Receiving and Put Away using RF Plus™ for VISUAL Manufacturing Telnet Screens

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. 

Top Inventory Tips for Infor Visual Manufacturing Users- Part 2

Top Inventory Tips for Infor Visual Manufacturing Users- Part 2

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.

For First Five Inventory Tips Click Here

Top Inventory Tips for Infor Visual Manufacturing Users- Part 1

Top Inventory Tips for Infor Visual Manufacturing Users- Part 1

These tips have saved our customers both time and money over the years. Consider them, before starting your barcoding project.

1. Locations

Labeling for Success in your Warehouse’s Inbound Process Area

Labeling for Success in your Warehouse’s Inbound Process Area

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:

5 Practices That Best-In-Class Warehouses Follow

5 Practices That Best-In-Class Warehouses Follow

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.

5 Ways to Integrate Customer Service with Warehouse Operations

5 Ways to Integrate Customer Service with Warehouse Operations

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!

Inventory Optimization-A journey

Inventory Optimization-A journey

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.

4 Tips for Supply Chain Management Success

4 Tips for Supply Chain Management Success

Supply chain management is an important part of many businesses and its efficiency is essential to the organization’s financial success and customer satisfaction. If done correctly, it helps an organization reduce costs, streamline processes, manage the workforce and increase customer service quality. However, most organizations in this volatile market, fail to understand the need to change and upgrade their supply chain tactics, which in turn, results in a waste of time, money and effort.

2016 in Review - WHAT a YEAR

2016 in Review - WHAT a YEAR

2016 will go down as a year of surprises and change. Yet lost in the many headlines is the emergence of the new industrial revolution: Industry 4.0 and the continued double digit growth of online ordering and supply chain excellence as its principal enabler.