Archive for Labor

Hiring Effective Temp Workers for the Warehouse

I heard an interesting speech by the director of logistics at a consumer goods company at the S&OP Innovation Summit. Like many companies, this company has highly-seasonal demand. To meet this demand at the warehouse, the company relies extensively on temporary workers. This is a story of how this warehouse went from a highly ineffective process for sourcing temporary labor to a highly-productive process. Before the company improved its hiring process, it had turnover of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 17-21, 2012)

Lots of news this week, so let’s get started. FedEx Corp. Reports First Quarter Results Oracle Reports Q1 GAAP EPS Up 15% to 41 Cents; Q1 Non-GAAP EPS Up 11% to 53 Cents ILA, USMX agree to 90-day extension in labor negotiations (Logistics Management) Descartes as an IATA Strategic Partner Facilitates Air Cargo Innovation With Technology Bridge between Cargo-XML and Cargo-IMP Oracle Introduces Mobile Point-of-Service for Retailers SAP Opens New Mobility Design Center to Conceptualize, […]

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Robots and the Future of Retail and Logistics Jobs

The new inventory manager at the Carnegie Mellon University campus store is short, likes to wear hooded sweatshirts, and doesn’t talk much. And he’s a robot. As reported in a recent MIT Technology Review article, the robot called AndyVision “scans the shelves to generate a real-time interactive map of the store, which customers can browse via an in-store screen. At the same time, the robot performs a detailed inventory check, identifying each item on the […]

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Guest Commentary: The Greatest Talent Pool Available – America’s Veterans

If I told you I had a candidate who, at age 25, had led 50+ people in very demanding situations with extremely high stress levels and was directly responsible for millions of dollars of budget, what would you think? My guess is you would say you were very interested in having that person as a leader in your company. That person is a military veteran. We are about to enter unprecedented times. Businesses will have […]

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Walgreens, the Disabled, and the Aging Workforce

In the last annual survey done by WERC, the average warehouse’s turnover was between 9.4 and 15 percent. This is too high, and turnover is expensive.  How can companies perform better in this area? Could the composition of the workforce make a difference? In recent research conducted by the Pew Research Center, they comment that “the American work force is graying—and not just because the American population itself is graying. Older adults are staying in […]

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