Archive for Warehousing

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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WMS and Warehouse Automation & Control: Complementary… and Increasingly Competitive Solutions?

Warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse automation systems have long been complementary technologies with adjacent and sometimes overlapping functionality sets. The relative importance of the systems to an operation depends on the activities and throughput profile of the given warehouse. Public discussions about the convergence of WMS and warehouse control systems (WCS) into what has been termed a warehouse execution system (WES) is more recent, but also not new.  However, insights from my concurrent research […]

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MODEX 2018 – Warehouse Technology Adoption and Acceleration

Last week’s MODEX show in Atlanta contained many more exhibits than I could possibly have viewed in the short time that I attended. But I did view many of the exhibits and experienced the overall vibe of the show. “Technology adoption and acceleration” is the closest I can come to a common thread that captures the overall messaging and vibe of the show. There was a substantial number of autonomous mobile robotics solutions on display […]

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Machine Learning in Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

While speaking with a number of WMS product managers, I began to notice that machine learning was called out as a focal point for WMS product development efforts. In general, machine learning is a hot topic in the world of supply chain technologies. Just last week, Chris Cunnane wrote about machine learning for transportation execution. And Steve Banker recently wrote  about Vecna Robots use of machine learning to improve its vision system. Naturally, I wanted […]

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inVia Scales Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) in the Warehouse

ARC Advisory Group’s supply chain team believes that autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) in the warehouse is a high-growth and potentially transformative logistics technology. There is a handful of start-up companies currently offering AMR solutions to meet the challenges presented by the high-volume, high-labor requirements of e-commerce fulfillment. Each of these robotics start-ups is addressing the challenge in a different manner. For example, Locus Robotics‘ solution coordinates autonomous mobile robots to work collaboratively with warehouse workers. […]

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How Warehouse Automation is Enabling the E-Commerce Explosion

It is a well-known fact that e-commerce is growing rapidly around the globe, and this is causing a significant shift in the retail landscape. It’s changing fulfillment paths and requiring retailers, distributors, logistics services providers, and manufacturers to expand and reconfigure their fulfillment operations. These changes are in turn driving growth in sales of warehouse automation systems. All of this I knew from general interest in business and prior research into the global warehouse automation […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Reverse Logistics? Three Critical Questions to Ask to Reach Your Goals in 2018

Two steps forward – one step back. This old catchphrase is fitting for the current state of ecommerce and reverse logistics. The constant growth and rapid evolution of ecommerce is heightening the volume of returns. In 2016 alone, the ecommerce return rate was 30 percent, compared to under 10 percent of brick and mortar sales (Invesp). Retailers recognize that this number is quickly, and inevitably, rising.  Yet, most treat reverse logistics as an afterthought, focusing […]

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8 Best Ways to Boost Warehouse Performance

ARC did a survey designed to uncover just what practices contribute to success in running a warehouse.  A successful warehouse was defined as a warehouse that is productive, safe, contributes to high customer service, and retains its employees.  In looking for best practices, we were looking at what high-performing warehouses were doing that is different from other distribution operations.

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Will Retailer Headwinds Hinder Warehouse Investment Spending?

The phrase “retailer headwinds” caught my attention last week. I came across the phrase used by a number of sources that attributed soft comparable sales or difficult market conditions to these “headwinds.”  The repetitive use of this phrase was especially relevant because I am currently researching the global warehouse automation market and the retail segment accounts for such a large percentage of global warehouse automation sales. In fact, ARC estimates that the retail sector accounts […]

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The Best Tactics for Retaining Warehouse Workers

ARC did a survey-based study to determine what techniques are most effective in retaining warehouse workers.

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