Why Warehouse Layout Design Is Important To Your Overall Success

Posted by Jason Tindley on 20-Mar-2018 14:08:01

A warehouse is a very large cost item, in terms of balance sheet, facility running costs, and equipment and staffing. Day to day utilisation costs can be minimised through efficiency of design that makes all operations as fast and effortless as possible with minimal materials handling. That implies that investing time and care at the design stage reaps rewards for the next 10 or 15 years. The converse also applies and unavoidable excessive overheads may be incurred on a daily basis through badly laid out and inadequate design, or through adopting a facility just because it exists and appears to provide a fast and convenient solution.

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Topics: Warehouse Design

Why Transport Planning Optimisation Is A Must For Your Business

Posted by Jason Tindley on 13-Mar-2018 11:23:59

Transport is both a critical element of the end to end supply chain as well as a major overhead. Any flaws or inefficiencies result in a range of negative outcomes from loss of competitiveness to a drain on finances that can pose a significant risk to the business if not remedied. Constant measuring and optimisation is the surest defence. On the positive side, optimisation is also an attack tool, increasing efficiency, competitiveness and service levels while contributing directly to the bottom line through reduced operational overhead. What’s not to like about that?

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Topics: Transport Planning

What Does A Logistics Consultant Do?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 06-Mar-2018 17:08:43

In a nutshell, a Logistics Consultant will identify, where they exist, ways for you to improve the efficiency of your existing distribution network and operation, boost productivity and help save on staffing and resource costs.

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Topics: Logistics

5 Key Features Of E-commerce Warehouse Management Systems

Posted by Jason Tindley on 27-Feb-2018 14:21:51

Every business is different and has unique requirements, constraints and operating conditions. However, any SME E-commerce enterprise undertaking their own fulfilment will have a storage and picking and packing facility and a distribution network – a warehouse and a fleet of trucks (or a 3PL).

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Topics: Warehouse Management

Transport Planning - What You Need To Know

Posted by Jason Tindley on 20-Feb-2018 11:27:00

Transportation is a key element in logistics – getting the product into your warehouse and out again to satisfy customer demand in a timely manner and to the correct destination. It can be compared to an ongoing battle against mishaps, a battle that recurs on a daily basis with a vast range of potential disaster just waiting to upset the best laid plans.

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Topics: Transport Planning

Why Hire Supply Chain Consultants As A Small Business?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 19-Feb-2018 17:03:29

Consider this fact: a single strategy change, process tweak, or resource realignment might save a large company 1% of its logistics and supply chain overhead. That could well map to a 10% saving in a smaller company. This principle underlines the simple fact that the objective of a reputable supply chain consultant is to save you money, thereby increasing your profits. Whether it is expressed as increasing efficiency, enhancing productivity, or successfully enabling a new initiative, it really can be boiled down to reducing costs at the end of the day. Any company of any size will benefit from the expertise and wide experience of a consultant.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

Is It Possible To Successfully Run A Warehouse Without A WMS?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 11-Jan-2018 12:35:00

The King of Egypt 4,000 years ago would have asked “How much grain do we have in storage?” Heads would have rolled if he could not get a reasonably accurate answer (grain lasts about 4 years in good storage).

The Egyptians had a simple WMS based on stock inwards and outwards, transfers and wastage, recorded on clay tablets or on the walls of their granaries. Any type of storage facility simply has to have a warehouse management system, WMS or otherwise it is nothing more than a disorganised asset dump.

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Topics: Warehouse Management System

The Importance Of Transport Planning

Posted by Jason Tindley on 04-Jan-2018 14:36:59

The transport system is the pivotal element in a logistics chain and can consume perhaps one third of the total cost of logistics. The transport system has an overarching impact on the overall performance of production procedures right through from manufacturing to distribution. Given its critical role, transport planning is essential and good planning reaps rewards in efficiencies that add to the bottom line.

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Topics: Freight Transport Solutions

3 Key Roles Of A Supply Chain Consultant & How They Can Help

Posted by Jason Tindley on 29-Dec-2017 10:20:00

Good supply chain management results in a competitive edge, increased profitability and productivity through lean and efficient processes. No matter how satisfied you are with your specific network, only a cool appraisal by an independent external expert can reassure you that you are not missing any number of potential enhancements. You could be leaving money on the table unwittingly.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

7 Common Warehouse Design Issues & How To Avoid Them!

Posted by Jason Tindley on 22-Dec-2017 09:57:46

Flaws in warehouse design and layout cost money over the life of the facility. While not every eventuality can be foreseen and prevented, there are some common design mistakes that recur time after time in warehouses all over the world.

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Topics: Warehouse Design

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