Archive for RedPrairie – Page 2

Guest Commentary: Invisible Visibility

For well over a decade we’ve talked about how supply chain visibility will help minimize the impact of disruptions, decrease order cycle times and risk, and improve service levels. Yet, after all these years, why are people still talking about supply chain visibility like it’s in the future? About now you may be thinking you’ve had visibility within the four walls of your DC for years via your warehouse management system (WMS). If you have […]

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Social Media and Hiring Supply Chain Talent

Erik Qualman, author of “socialnomics,” was a keynote speaker at RedPrairie’s Redshift 2011 conference in May. He gave the most interesting conference speech I have seen in years. The following week Don Tapscott, author of “Macrowikinomics,” gave another great keynote speech at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2011 conference. In both cases, the speakers grossly overstated the impact of social media on business and the world. Nevertheless, I could not help thinking there will be big impacts […]

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Taking Labor Management Systems (LMS) to a New Level

Last year, I wrote about how DSC Logistics implemented a labor management system (LMS) and how it helped the company improve labor productivity at its warehouses. Regular readers of Logistics Viewpoints know that I am a big fan of LMS because of its robust ROI. DSC Logistics got a 20 percent improvement in warehouse labor productivity, which is not uncommon. But at RedPrairie’s RedShift 2011 User Conference (DSC uses RedPrairie’s LMS solution), DSC spoke about […]

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Guest Commentary: A Lesson from Japan Earthquake: Countries Can Be Critical Paths

It goes without saying that in manufacturing, often the company with the shortest lead time is the winner; whoever gets the hottest new product to market the fastest gets the trophy at the end of the race. Our customers have it down to a science, but bumps still come up from time to time. There’s a term they use to describe the part of a product that drives the overall lead time, called the “critical […]

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Guest Commentary: Inventory–Not What It Used To Be

Remember when inventory was just something off the production line stored in a warehouse until it was pushed out to customers? In the past, companies worried about how much safety stock to keep, along with inventory turn rates and the associated carrying costs, but the most important thing was keeping production lines running, driving the most efficiency one could from the machines. Fast forward to today, and those production lines are likely halfway around the […]

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Guest Commentary: What Do Racecars and Eggs Have in Common?

As the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup comes into a full swing, drivers like Denny Hamlin, Jimmy Johnson and Kevin Harvick are all contenders with the same question on their minds: “Will my car hold up when I need it most?” These drivers, along with another 77, all rely on the same critical component of the race car each week – the tires – which ensure each and every lap is a safe one. […]

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Labor Standards in the Warehouse (Part 6): Are Time Studies or Predetermined Time Systems Better?

(Editor’s Note: This is the final part of a series on warehouse labor standards. Click here to read Parts 1-5). The most granular labor standards are based on time studies or predetermined time systems (PTS). MSD and MOST, in turn, are the two most prevalent methodologies used to develop PTS time standards for the warehouse.  I talked to subject matter experts at several consulting and software organizations active in this area (enVista, Kurt Salmon Associates, Manhattan […]

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Labor Management at DSC Logistics

I recently spoke with Jim Chamberlain, the Director of Engineering at DSC Logistics about their rollout of RedPrairie’s Labor Management System (LMS) solution. Jim began his career at Kraft where he worked to develop labor standards. Based on that experience, he knew this was a big opportunity for DSC when he joined them. In 2005, DSC evaluated the major suppliers of LMS solutions. They selected RedPrairie’s solution because they viewed it as the most comprehensive […]

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Kellogg’s Use of Automated Guided Vehicles

The ongoing developments in intelligent and flexible material handling systems, which are basically robots, continue to fascinate me. For example, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) used to be fairly dumb machines that moved from point to point by following a preset trail of magnets in the warehouse floor. Humans loaded them at one end of the warehouse and unloaded them at the other. But AGVs have gotten a whole lot smarter.    At the RedPrairie user conference […]

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Cummins Filtration Implements a WMS, Seeks to Eliminate Physical Audit

Tom Kozenski of RedPrairie (an ARC client) sent me a video case study about a WMS implementation at Cummins Filtration that went very smoothly because of good project management: avoidance of customization, RedPrairie and Cummins folks that worked together seamlessly, and role-based training.  The benefits Cummins reported are what I would have expected for a paper-based facility moving to a WMS: better labor productivity, increased throughput, and fewer costly shipping errors. However, there was one […]

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