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Warehouse & Order Fulfillment: Hiring Good People

July 19, 2011

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Finding qualified candidates for warehouse and production work isn’t easy

This is particularly true with supervisors who understand how kitting, ticketing, and storage operations. You want people who know the work, and who can supervise and motivate your employees. Qualified candidates are often the kind of people who aren’t online perusing jobs. They aren’t going to temp agencies. It’s a unique and difficult situation for warehousing operations. Quite often, they must be bilingual to supervise an increasingly Spanish-speaking workforce. Read the rest of this entry »

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Picking to Cartons vs. Picking to Totes

July 14, 2011

distribution center exterior dock area

In a pick-to-tote operation, you have the advantage of a dedicated packing function. Since totes can be “one size (or a range of them) fits all”, your pickers can easily pick and organize totes as they navigate the system, either on conveyor or in carts.  Trained packers at the end of the line “cartonize” the orders, often using state-of-the-art packing stations and consolidated equipment & materials. This means that you’ll have at least two employees touching each order and that the packing group will need more square footage.

What if you decided to pick directly to cartons, eliminating the totes and reducing or eliminating the packing group?

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