Congressman Kevin Hern Visits Cisco-Eagle to Discuss Supply Chain, Employee Ownership

April 27, 2021

Congressman Kevin Hern visits Cisco-Eagle Tulsa Office

U.S. Congressman Kevin Hern of Oklahoma’s First District visited Cisco-Eagle’s Tulsa offices on 4/5/2021 to discuss the impact of distribution, manufacturing companies that keep the supply chain moving. Congressman Hern discussed employee ownership and its positive impact on the economy during this visit.

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How to Design and Utilize Storage Buffers

April 20, 2021

Bulk storage buffer at a warehouse

Buffers can be found in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities, and they take many forms. You can build buffers into racks, floor space, conveyors or external storage areas like truck trailers. When you need to temporarily store materials before they enter putaway, shipment, kitting, processing, or another production process, what are some of the best design, equipment specification and usage practices?

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Improve Productivity with Ergonomic Storage System Design

April 15, 2021

Carton flow storage loaded with the most frequent picks in the golden zone for ergonomic efficiency.
For order pickers, packers and others in industrial facilities, warehouse ergonomics is critical to both safety and effectiveness. The way you store and pick can enhance productivity — or hamper it. In an age of labor shortages and spiraling costs, it pays to design for ergonomics. The core of that is where you place items for picking and processing.

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Kevin Harwell is our 2020-2021 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 13, 2021

Kevin Harwell accepts the Employee-Owner of the Year award from Cisco-Eagle president Darein Gandall.
Kevin Harwell is Cisco-Eagle’s ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year for 2020-2021, an award presented every year by Cisco-Eagle’s ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee. The honor is awarded by a committee of peers, based on nominations from all Cisco-Eagle employee-owners. Employees–not management–determine the winner.

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OSHA’s 2020 Top 10 Violations

April 8, 2021

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the fiscal year 2020. While last year was certainly a year unlike any other and created many a new normal in terms of warehouse operations, the safety violations represented are oldies but goodies for sure. There were some chart movements, but the top 2 remain unchanged. Cue up your long-distance dedication, and let’s start the countdown.

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How to Make Packing More Efficient

April 6, 2021

Automated packing area for an ecommerce distribution center, pick-to-totes operation.

Above: in this automated e-commerce distribution center, picks are packed into cartons from totes on the conveyor line. Because conveyors deliver the totes directly to workers, and the work is executed at ergonomic heights, the process is fast and efficient.

Order fulfillment is only as fast as its slowest function, and packing–often the last stop before shipping–can be a bottleneck. We’ve analyzed many operations that underestimated the needs of the packing department from the start, while others realized over time that new requirements, new SKUs and order volumes that were fine at go-live eventually bogged the packing function. It’s not unusual for picking processes to react faster and better to these conditions than the packing area.

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Announcing the Retirements of Chris Doyle and Larry Trowbridge

April 1, 2021

Retirement party

From right to left: Elbert Haggard, Chris Doyle, Darein Gandall and Larry Trowbridge

Effective March 31, 2021, two of Cisco-Eagle’s longest-tenured and most influential employee-owners, Larry Trowbridge and Chris Doyle, are retiring. Between them, Trowbridge and Doyle have served the company for 55 years and leave a legacy of friendship and excellence. We are profoundly grateful to them as they move to the next phase of their lives.

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