Life And Times Of An Automated System

Posted by Jason Tindley on 11-Apr-2017 16:02:29

Operation

The operational objectives for the management of an automated system are to drive throughput and improve productivity and efficiency. In order to do this, information and data are required to inform the decision making. There is a lot of information and generally a range of reports available from the control system managing the automation. Care should be taken to determine the key facts and statistics required and the reports and dashboards designed to present this in a clearly defined manner.

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Topics: Warehouse Automation

How To Choose Warehouse Management Software For A Small Business

Posted by Jason Tindley on 07-Apr-2017 14:13:42

There is a vast range of commercial WMS applications available. It can be a confusing choice for a small business, especially as many platforms might seem to be designed for large companies. 

If you’re a small business with a limited operation, can you take advantage of a WMS? In our experience, yes you can. Businesses of any size can see huge gains in efficiency and reductions in costs by implementing a good warehouse management system.

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Topics: Warehouse Management System

Logistics Answers

Posted by Jason Tindley on 31-Mar-2017 08:16:00

 

Question: “What is the most effective way for a company to go about tendering a contract for outsourcing logistics in order to get the most effective provider”.

Answer: The benefits of outsourcing can be considerable, in terms of opportunities to reduce costs, and the improvement of customer service.

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Topics: Logistics

Dealing With Economic Downturns And Preparing For Future Upturns In A Logistics Business

Posted by Jason Tindley on 24-Mar-2017 11:22:00

Introduction

If you’re reading this the chances are that your business has survived the Credit Crunch followed closely by the Recession and you are now facing up to the reality of a difficult economic situation for some time to come.......

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How A Warehouse Management System Works With Barcodes

Posted by Jason Tindley on 24-Mar-2017 10:35:00


Implementing a suitable warehouse management system is the most important thing you can do to improve the efficiency of your operation and cut your running costs. However, all the main WMS systems rely on you having an organised system of barcoding. Without barcodes, you won’t be able to use a WMS to its full potential to improve efficiency and accuracy.

So the very first thing for a warehousing business to do is to review how you currently use barcodes and if this can be tightened up. Although barcodes have been used for decades in retail and logistics, many warehouses still do not make full use of this useful labelling system. In this article we will briefly look at how implementing a barcode system in your warehouse can cut operating costs, while simultaneously paving the way to implement a WMS.

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Portcentric Logistics – Effect On Retailers

Posted by Jason Tindley on 17-Mar-2017 21:41:00

There have been a number of trends in the supply chain that have had an impact on the major retailers in the UK, around the growth in imported goods. The retailers have always sold imported goods, but generally used to take ownership on receipt at their DC’s in the UK. However overseas sourcing has changed in a similar manner to the growth in factory gate pricing in domestic sourcing, and the increased control of the inbound supply chain by the retailer. The establishment of buying offices in the Far East and the sourcing of products direct from the manufacturers and suppliers rather than the wholesalers and middlemen has allowed the retailers to take an increasing level of control of the inbound supply chain.

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Topics: Logistics

Making Logistics Recession Proof

Posted by Jason Tindley on 10-Mar-2017 14:15:00

Though the current recession will undoubtedly bite deeper than those of the recent decades, recovery will come, and those businesses that have managed best during the recession will be best placed to take advantage of the upturn, when it arrives, says Bob Williams of LPC International.

The logistics sector will undoubtedly be hard-hit as consumer demand falls, and the demand for warehousing space and transport services declines. The decline in demand will be difficult in an industry which, by tradition, is very competitive, provides high levels of customer service and works on tight profit margins. Downturns inevitably affects those margins, and customers – who themselves suffer similar economic pressures – inevitably look to their service providers to take a share, and sometimes more than a fair share, of the “pain” of dealing with the situation.

What then, can de done to address the problem? Unless you are have sufficient resources and are confident enough to invest capital in the development of new facilities and infrastructure for the future, then planning for recession is essentially about introducing measures to drive costs out of the business in order to become “leaner and meaner” while still maintaining a healthy customer base.

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Topics: Logistics

Logistical Design And Review Services

Posted by Jason Tindley on 03-Mar-2017 14:36:00

LPC International is a leading logistics and supply chain consultancy specialising in warehouse and facility design and operational support. Based in Cirencester LPC has extensive experience in many industry and business sectors and has worked on both new facilities and re-engineering of existing, ranging in size upwards from 5,000ft2.

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Topics: Logistics

5 Reasons For Small Businesses To Invest In A Warehouse Management System

Posted by Jason Tindley on 28-Feb-2017 14:00:00


For a small business with a single warehouse there is huge pressure on your team to deliver cost-effective logistics and inventory management. For established businesses, you may have a time tested set of procedures and a warehouse team who have been with you for many years. This may work well for you at the moment, but does your current way of working equip your business for growth and change, does it rely on the knowledge in peoples’ heads, and is it as efficient as it could be? In a competitive and rapidly evolving marketplace, businesses with the flexibility to optimise and improve their warehouse processes are better positioned to save costs and secure new customers – pushing them ahead of their competitors.

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How A Warehouse Management System Works

Posted by Jason Tindley on 24-Feb-2017 17:30:00


A Warehouse Management System (WMS) helps you optimise your supply chain by improving control of your warehouse and logistics processes. There are many sound reasons to invest in a WMS, which we have discussed elsewhere on this blog. However, the question we will address in this article is how a warehouse management system works for you and how it uses this basis to affect positive changes throughout your operation.

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Topics: Warehouse Management System

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