The current generation of warehouse management systems (WMS) can eliminate inaccurate orders, help to allocate labor, and correctly project future demand. But if inventory on the shelf doesn't match the database's numbers, no piece of software can deliver on these goals every time.
The solution, of course, is inventory counting. Periodic comparisons between physical SKUs and their digital representations will uncover any inconsistencies, ensuring that the WMS' data is actually based in reality.
The purpose of a distribution center (DC) is to fulfill orders. That may seem obvious, but things get complicated when you break down the order fulfillment process into individual tasks. Luckily for forward-thinking DC managers, industrial engineers get paid to do just that.
The latest research shows that order picking is the most common workplace task in a high-throughput DC, making up 54 percent of the total labor hours. In order to run more efficiently, then, start with streamlining the order picking process.
The rise of e-commerce has led to a proliferation of SKUs at distribution centers all over the world. According to Logistics Management's 2015 Warehouse & DC Operations Survey, the average number of SKUs handled by logistics operations increased by 18 percent that year.
Nearly 40 percent of the survey's respondents said they planned to increase their number of SKUs in 2016. In order to thrive in this changing landscape, managers might need to follow a new strategy. Here are a few tips from the experts for improving inventory management practices in the era of omni-channel distribution.
October 6, 2016 - St. Louis, MO -- Shoppers who frequent Solus Group, a leading online provider of warehouse equipment, will see lots of new options for specialized material handling devices. In September, the e-commerce retailer added four new product lines to its growing collection of warehouse equipment.