Few concepts are more fundamental to warehouse design than understanding a facility’s capacity. … Read More
When trying to figure out how tall, wide and deep a warehouse should be, you … Read More
A twist on the old 80/20 rule that we intuitively know but commonly ignore is that the bottom 50% of SKUs in almost any distribution center generate less than 5% of a company’s profits.… Read More
The Director of Logistics at one of our new clients asked me this question recently.… Read More
Recently, an analyst prepared a slide that had me thinking back to my days as a student, … Read More
Whenever the subject of online groceries comes up, whether in supply chain publications, the mainstream media or just casual conversations among colleagues, two big questions are generally raised. The first is how do you solve the last-mile delivery challenge? Meaning, should you deliver directly to homes or adopt a click-and-collect model? The second is how much capital do you need to build the automation required to make picking individual grocery orders cost-effective? After all, an online business couldn’t be run successfully without technology saturating every aspect of the business.
A recent site visit, to a 1 million+ square foot grocery distribution center in the Northeast, provided yet another example of how important it is to view your supply chain infrastructure (buildings, equipment and technology) as a single cohesive unit.
The VP of Distribution was giving me the tour and… Read More
Every six weeks or so, it seems this photo (or variants of it) takes over LinkedIn feeds and other places on the internet. The comment threads it generates generally sound something like, “right on!” or “whoop! whoop!” because experience has taught all of us that designers are dumb. They don’t listen. They plow ahead and… Read More
Logistics has been dramatically transformed in the information age. The ability to collect and transmit data; to build logic using that data to direct work and plan complex, global networks; to see patterns in human consumption that were at best guessed-at only decades ago: we have managed amazing things… Read More
At the end of August, I’ll be out in Sacramento for the UniPro Scope event where I will present the results of a WMS assessment survey that we are conducting with UniPro companies.
It has been fascinating reviewing the responses as they trickle in. And while we are only sharing the results with participants, there are a couple of interesting findings that apply to almost anyone running a WMS in their distribution center.
Almost nobody uses the full… Read More