What to Do When You Can’t Air Condition Your Warehouse

May 14, 2019

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If you run a warehouse, you’re keenly aware of how hot and uncomfortable it can get on a scorching July afternoon—and you also know how much that affects your workforce, their comfort, their error rates and their ability to get things done. Installing air conditioning may not be feasible for every industrial facility, but there are alternatives.

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How Heat Saps Warehouse Productivity, Causes Errors and Reduces Retention

April 2, 2019

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Warehouses, shop floors, and manufacturing facilities can be difficult environments for workers, and heat makes it even harder. Hot days and hard work conspire to reduce productivity and increase errors. We’ve found some research that spells out exactly how much, and have some recommendations to reduce the issues.

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Moving, Reusing and Reconfiguring Conveyor Systems

December 11, 2018

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Some conveyors are specifically modular. They’re meant to be moved around, plugged in and reconfigured. But most conveyors are semi-permanent, and occupy space for extended periods of time. When you want to re-use existing conveyors in new roles, move all or part of a system between facilities, or just reconfigure an area using the equipment you already have, you can save money, but there are some things to know to help ensure everything works smoothly.

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Dealing with Warehouse Labor Shortages

July 26, 2018

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If you run a distribution center, factory or warehouse, it’s not news to you that labor is in tight supply. Demands is up, and workers — particularly skilled, motivated, productive ones — have more options than ever. E-commerce has transformed the business, with constantly-escalating demand for pickers, packers, assembly workers, drivers and warehouse labor. With national unemployment rates below 4%, many other industries are competing with you for the same labor pool. What can you do to cope with these issues?

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Order Picking Velocity: Storage and Picking Method Comparisons

April 12, 2018

warehouse order picking
When you consider the various storage media and order picking methods, it’s critical to understand why some items are better picked in a variety of storage media, and accessed by the right type of picking authentication. The following table is a visual comparison of these alternatives.
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Making the New Tax Incentives Work for Your Company

February 1, 2018

2018 tax law changes

The most comprehensive tax reform legislation package in more than 30 years is now law, poised to impact businesses of all shapes and sizes in nearly every industry. There are a number of provisions that will have a significant impact on manufacturers and distributors, making it imperative to assess them and understand their business impact.

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WERC’s Warehousing Certification Process: What’s in it for You?

November 16, 2017

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For years, WERC (the warehousing education and research council) has offered a warehousing certification process that’s in-depth, rigorous and detailed. Busy logistics and warehouse managers might ask, “why would I take the time?” That’s a good question. Here are some answers.

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Q&A: Sospes Health & Safety Management Software

October 24, 2017

safety reporting software in a warehouse

Sospes  EH&S management helps drive effectiveness into your company’s safety operations. Seamlessly manage injury reporting & incident reporting, assign and complete safety inspections, and leverage on-board analytics. It allows your people to quickly and easily submit reports of close calls or safety incidents. Its unique inspection module allows companies to digitize inspections (of equipment, conveyor for instance), processes or other issues.

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Streamline and Simplify to Improve Distribution Center Operations

July 18, 2017

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You’ve heard this pitch before: If you just implement this software, or that machinery, or hire my consultant, or buy into this other program, you’ll realize amazing gains. You’ll be more productive; more accurate; you’ll work less hours. Things will be great.

You may really need to expand your facility, or install expensive new WMS software or add high levels of automation, but it’s always worth checking on process or facility layout changes before you take the plunge. What are some areas you should consider?

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10 Tips: Pick-to-Light Systems for Order Fulfillment

March 16, 2017

pick to light for order fulfillment

Light-directed picking is the heavyweight champion when it comes to productivity gains, order picking speed, increased accuracy, and ease of operator development.

Because it’s 100% hands-free and requires no headpiece, it’s also highly flexible for many challenging fulfillment operations. We’ve compiled ten ways to analyze your operation to determine if these systems would be a fit for you. Obviously, more specific information will be needed, but this should get you started.

We spoke with Lightning Pick’s Dave Broadfoot about the best ways to ensure you are making a good pick-to-light decision.

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