When looking at the factors that affect warehouse productivity, some things are out of your control,… Read More
The Director of Logistics at one of our new clients asked me this question recently.… Read More
This election season I had a strategy for voting. No, not a political strategy, a logistical one: I was determined to vote in the middle of the afternoon. … Read More
Recently, an analyst prepared a slide that had me thinking back to my days as a student, … Read More
“Why are so many bins short now? What’s going on?” All of a sudden, … Read More
If you’re expanding or building a new facility and think that maximizing storage density in every possible way will give you the biggest bang for your buck, … Read More
There are two basic strategies for assigning items to bin locations in a warehouse. In a fixed slotting system, every SKU has a set location and new replenishments of that item go to the same bin. In a random slotting system, items are placed in any open bin into which they fit, a decision made on the fly by… Read More
LIDD welcomes Scott Stone, e-business manager at materials handling provider Cisco-Eagle. Scott has some thought provoking things to say about distribution automation that LIDD’s audience will enjoy.
Some might argue that automation comes at too high a price for many distribution operations. Amazon’s army of KIVA robots, for example, came with a price tag of $775 million. The company is looking at a payback period of 44 years for the investment.
Whatever your company’s automation standpoint, you can’t always attain significant… Read More
Amazon’s robots are getting flattering press. And for good reason: they’re the cutest darned things.
Well, that’s not fair. According to Amazon, these shelf-moving buggies eliminate picker travel in their distribution centers which means that wherever they install them, the buggies boost productivity from 100 units picked per hour to 300 units picked per hour. Remember, this isn’t retail split case picking;… Read More
A small event on a recent afternoon in Boston got me thinking about storage capacity in the warehouse.
After a late lunch in the North end, I was back in the parking garage to fetch my car and head over to Logan Airport. By the time I showed up to retrieve my car, a small placard stating “Garage Full” blocked the entry. I got into a line of three people looking to settle their bill and get their keys.… Read More