Category: Warehouse Automation

8 Must-Haves on Retailers’ Black Friday Shopping List

The holiday rush will be here before you know it; take time now to ensure your DC — and workers — are properly equipped and trained.

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5 Essential Warehouse KPIs You Should Be Measuring

KPIs give warehouses the visibility needed to identify problems and spot trends that otherwise turn into customer complaints and missed opportunities.

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Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing and Warehouse Environments

The benefits of AI for manufacturers and supply chain companies are many, but few have figured out a way to leverage it.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a concept that researchers have been exploring since the 1950s, but it began gaining traction through science fiction movies like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and later via real-life innovations like IBM’s Watson.

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How Lean Practices Can Drive Savings in the DC

Implementing Lean practices balanced with ergonomic requirements is a smart way to improve productivity while also reducing fatigue and injuries.

Lean manufacturing and Lean production methods help companies drive new efficiencies across their operations. This approach has proven so successful, that companies have been porting these same Lean principles to other operational areas, including the supply chain and the distribution center (DC).

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3 Tips for Getting Reverse Logistics Right

Getting products out the door in a timely fashion isn’t the biggest struggle E-commerce retailers face, it’s dealing with the returns.

For many retailers, the 2017 holiday season yielded record sales growth with an estimated $680 billion in total sales generated, nearly $25 billion higher than 2016 (source: Statista). One downside to the upswing, however, was an increase in the number of returns. Nearly 28% of the gifts people purchased were returned, at a value of $90 billion, according to a survey from RedStag Fulfillment and Optro. The return expenses for organizations can be anywhere from 20% to 65% of the cost of the goods and poor execution and policies can drive costs even higher, in addition to damaging customer relationships.

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Why Retail Supply Chain Transformations Fail (and how you can beat the odds)

There's no small list of retailers who are struggling to keep up with the Amazon effect, but a closer look at why some fail and others prevail, should give retailers who are willing to embrace change some hope.

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