Archive for Warehouse Management Systems

A Beginner’s Guide to Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Omni-channel retailing is one of the hottest trend in supply chain management right now. With e-commerce continuing to grow, there is more focus on Web commerce than brick and mortar. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed e-commerce to levels that would not have been believed just six months ago. For example, in the US, May alone eclipsed the entire 2019 holiday shopping season and $82.5 billion was spent online. This is a trend that will […]

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In the Grocery Ecommerce Boom, Dark Stores Light the Way

In the last number of years, ecommerce has grown in popularity across many industries, including grocery. We saw an increase in the overall share of mobile-first ecommerce, and significant additions to hybrid approaches to purchasing, such as buy online, pickup in-store (BOPIS), curbside pickup, and home delivery. In the last six months, that steady growth line has become a spike. According to a recent Adobe digital report cited in Forbes, the rate of adoption for […]

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WMS Generates Big Data but Struggles to Provide Real-time Analytics

Warehouse management systems are Big Data applications. They can struggle to provide the real-time analytics needed to run a responsive and agile distribution operation. There is a solution.

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Warehousing 101: Why is Task Interleaving a Best Practice?

Task interleaving is a best practice in a warehouse. Task interleaving allows work to be done more efficiently. A warehouse management system can save companies money in many ways. Task interleaving is just one good example.

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COVID and Warehousing: Social Distancing and Contact Tracing Solutions

Industrial setting must be kept safe during the Pandemic. Warehouses that use RF guns and warehouse management systems have solutions that enforce social distancing and contact tracing.

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The Forward-Thinking Warehouse: Unified Processes Drive Enhanced Performance

Direct-to-consumer (e-commerce) fulfillment is growing rapidly. At the same time, most companies also have large traditional retail or wholesale operations. There is a growing trend of combining these previously separate operations in a single warehouse to leverage facility assets and manage all of the flows from the same location. Furthermore, there is great opportunity to gain efficiencies from consolidating these flows from an operational process perspective. Doing so can significantly increase productivity through efficiency improvements that free up resources to engage in additional productive tasks. For example, workers on the floor can […]

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Performance During the Pandemic: A Warehouse and Logistics Update

In April I discussed the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chain and fulfillment, and provided a WMS market update in which I predicted a market downturn in 2020 to be followed by a rebound in 2021. During the process of developing my WMS market forecast, I made assumptions for each quarter of 2020. And indeed, I took into consideration the macroeconomic forecasts for an abysmal Q2 2020. On July 20th, the US […]

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Modern WMS: The Nerve Center for A Differentiated Customer Experience

Modern WMS is essential, as warehouses are becoming critical nerve centers to deliver a differentiated customer experience across product availability, buying avenues, and speed of delivery without adding cost. Warehouse leaders will need to think about how they transform their operations to become strategic assets that deliver best-in-class customer experience as a key differentiator. Customers want a frictionless experience, which in the pandemic environment, means contactless for more of their transactions.

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The Warehouse of Tomorrow: Sensing and Adapting to Change

Warehouse robotics are truly reshaping the way organizations are handling materials within the four walls of their warehouse. Leveraging digital technologies that are connected to physical assets, but managed by a central software application, delivers the level of visibility required to sense and respond more effectively than you can if you’re operating in silos. The best practice is to tie them into the WMS to obtain a fully automated workflow.

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Cloud WMS: A Platform for Reliability, Scalability, and Performance

WMS ia a mission-critical application, the backbone of warehouse operations.Cloud applications running on leading enterprise cloud infrastructure offer extremely high availability. The architecture and algorithms dynamically scale cloud computing capacity to handle customers’ increasing volumes. Oracle WMS Cloud, for example, is a zero-downtime application.

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