Directed Put-away – No Location Found

Directed put-away removes the routine and tedious decision making tasks from operators allowing them to be more productive. A good warehouse management system (WMS) should allow management to define various put-away rules the computer will use when determining the best put-away location. […]

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Boom Room. Sometimes being lean simply means being simple.

Your workforce can manage keeping the flammable product in this protected space by memory, but most warehouses should have technology in place to ensure all product is put-away following rules-based decision support. This ‘direct putaway’ capability will help you with additional warehouse best practice including: […]

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Storing Small Items – Part 2

Last month we introduced a few ways to store small items including custom made dividers, plastic dividers on small beam racking, traditional small bin shelving and rotabins. This month we provide a few more small items storage ideas and end with a general comparison. […]

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Storing Small Items – Part 1

On a recent facility tour I observed a unique approach to storing individual cigars. This neat diamond rack configuration was designed to easily store various types and sizes of cigars in a small area. During a discussion with the rack designer we mentioned the pro’s and con’s of the design: Pro’s: Good density, ease of […]

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Online Learning Opportunities

The COVID pandemic has changed the way business is done. More working from home and less professional interaction, but you still want to network and continue learning. A positive coming out of the shift in socializing is the numerous online professional development opportunities available. […]

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Implement a Vendor Compliance Program

When you consider the average warehouse receives, counts, and inspects thousands of items of varying shapes and sizes from hundreds of vendors whose picking, packing, and shipping practices are all different, it is not surprising receiving can be one of the most complicated functions in the warehouse. […]

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Store Product Picked Together, Together

In an earlier blog we discussed ABC profiles and cube movement distribution. Through this analysis you should be able to determine if products are frequently ordered together. If you do see a significant correlation between products, consider storing the products together to help reduce overall travel time per pick tour. If the pick correlation frequency […]

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Cluster Pick When Possible

A straight-forward way to improve pick labor productivity is to eliminate the travel back and forth to the office and the shipping/packaging areas between order picks. One way to accomplish this is to have one operator pick multiple orders at the same time, or Cluster Pick, if possible. […]

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Warehouse within a Warehouse

Using a Forward Pick strategy helps keep a smaller volume of inventory in easily accessible bins (Forward Pick) with the excess stock in remote bins (Reserve Storage) (Figure 1). The Forward Pick zone in a warehouse functions as a “warehouse within a warehouse”: many of the most popular SKUs are stored there in small amounts, […]

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Know Your ABCs

Paying attention to the fastest selling items to make sure they are located in the most advantageous picking position will generate significant labor cost savings. If available space is a concern, slotting will also help improve storage utilization by focusing on the slowest movers to see if their assigned bin space can be reduced. […]

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Space Utilization Part Two

In Part two of our Space Utilization series, “The Supply Chain Doctor” Chris Barnes discusses more ways you can utilize space in your Warehouse. Think Cubic Feet The impact of using vertical storage space depends on your current storage clear height and product stack-ability restrictions. For example, in the beverage industry, a stack height limitation […]

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Who are Korber? What you need to know as a Impact WMS Customer.

In August 2017, Körber acquired HighJump, which is now managed under its business area, Körber Supply Chain. Körber brings together a number of companies, including 12 supply chain technology providers (four in automation and eight in software and consulting). These 12 providers include two WMS providers that have multiple WMS solutions. HighJump (named Körber since […]

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Is your Warehouse productive?

Most people want to do a good job, know where they stand, and be recognized for their performance. One easy way to accomplish this and also improve productivity is to develop a simple process measuring performance and posts results in the warehouse. It does not have to be a complicated process. Simply measuring and recording […]

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