Archive for Labor

The Warehouse Management System of Today… and Tomorrow

WMS product development roadmaps vary by provider, but there is substantial overlap among the development initiatives of leading WMS providers. Key topics include machine learning, optimization, automation integration, and interoperability. This article captures the “essence of the essence” of the development plans of the leadings WMS suppliers today.

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Digital Transformation Workforce Evolution

Currently, many companies view digital transformation as being technology-driven. Machine learning, cloud architecture, microservices, augmented reality, and IIoT platforms are just some of the technologies driving endless discussion among end users as well as fierce competition among solution providers. Often missing from these conversations is a focus on the human element of digital transformation.  Where do people fit in? What changes will occur in the digital transformation workforce?

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Warehouse Labor: Are You Fully Leveraging This Critical Asset?

As companies strive to improve warehouse efficiency and service while cutting costs, a lot of attention is focused on the role of leading-edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics — and rightfully so. These emerging capabilities are moving companies toward achieving the vision of the Autonomous Supply Chain, which senses and responds to disruptions automatically. But equally important are the warehouse employees who control and implement these technology solutions on a daily […]

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

As I mentioned in my news round-up last week, Hurricane Florence has brought an estimated $40+ billion in damages to North Carolina. So far, I have written about the 60 percent drop in freight activity coming out of the state, as well as the closures and slow re-openings of both ports and I-95. Some truck routes in and out of the state are still unreliable. Most reports indicate it could still take several weeks for […]

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Kenco Logistics Drives Performance with Warehouse Labor Management

Kenco Logistics, a US-based 3PL with over 80 sites in North America, recently completed the implementation of JDA Warehouse Labor Management (JDA WLM) at three of its warehouses. Adam Schlaudecker, Product Manager – LMS and Nathan Beene, Director Transportation and Supply Chain Technologies, presented at JDA Focus and provided insights about the software implementation and effective change management processes they used to drive improvements at these locations.  The initial project site delivered a 30 percent […]

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Measuring the Changing Technology Requirements in Today’s Warehouse

Earlier this month I wrote an article about the changing warehouse order profile. That article presented data and discussed findings from ARC Advisory Group’s warehouse practitioner survey conducted in partnership with DC Velocity earlier this year. The overarching theme of the findings is that the ongoing transformation in the fulfillment environment is quickly shifting order profiles and warehouse operations. Adaptability and responsiveness are becoming more important and direct-to-consumer fulfillment is expected to increase extensively, as is the […]

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Maintaining Brand Equity in Extended Supply Chains

There are as many ways to approach corporate social responsibility as there are companies. But a key driver is almost always focusing on the issues that could be most injurious to that company’s brand equity. For large apparel and retail companies, the treatment of labor in sweat shops in third world countries presents a critical set of issues. This article discusses new crowd sourcing apps that could allow brand owners a tool to better protect their reputation.

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Manhattan Momentum 2016 – Delivered

Today is the final day of Manhattan Associates’ 2016 annual user conference in Orlando, FL. The conference has about 1,200 attendees, including attendees from 41 Manhattan partners. From a corporate perspective, Manhattan had 500 new hires last year, bringing total staff to 3000 employees. As a WMS product manager said to me, that’s quite the expansion from the 50 person firm he joined back in the 1990s. This year’s conference theme is “Deliver a Fulfilling […]

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With Halloween on the Horizon, It’s Time to Prep for the Holiday Season

Halloween is only ten days away, but for the shipping industry, all eyes are on the holiday season. The last two years have seen their fair share of problems. This was due to the influx of last minute online orders that overwhelmed shippers. Additionally, brutal weather brought shipping lanes to a standstill, or at the very least, a slow trickle. As a result, millions of packages have been delivered late. Looking ahead at holiday season […]

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Delivering to the Omni-Channel Consumer

A few months ago, I attended the Home Delivery World, Click & Collect Show USA, and ETail Show USA joint conference in Atlanta. I’ve written a few Logistics Viewpoints articles from presentations that I attended at the show. The majority of those presentations and articles were geared around store operations, and the role of the store in omni-channel initiatives. From what I’ve written, there were two main camps. Those that believed buy online, pick-up in […]

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