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In an article on Warehousnews.co.uk, Darren Wildman, Vice-President of UK-based Asset Management at Apex Supply Chain Technologies talks about how there are widening resource gaps in warehousing and distribution.

This interesting article looks at how automation has become a critical priority in ensuring the maximisation of existing staff efficiency.

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data analysisAn article from McKinsey & Company looks at how manufacturers taking advantage of advanced analytics can reduce process flaws, saving both time and money.

“Many global manufacturers in a range of industries and geographies now have an abundance of real-time shop-floor data and the capability to conduct such sophisticated statistical assessments. They are taking previously isolated data sets, aggregating them, and analyzing them to reveal important insights.”

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Inventory control is a key aspect of warehousing and distribution. Correct management can be a great area of success, but poor control can result in major losses.

Surprisingly, despite this, many businesses don’t know what is in their inventory at any given time. This often means poor and slow business operations, and sometimes even losing customers to competitors when sales can’t be completed.

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How important is the integration of your Warehouse Management System and ERP? In today’s warehouses, automation of processes and access to accurate, real-time data can give an organization a competitive advantage.

More and more companies are moving toward digitization on the warehouse floor after seeing the positive impact on efficiency. But often integration with an ERP is either overlooked or fraught with complications. This leaves a large gap in a potentially streamlined process and many organizations are missing out on the benefits.

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The Bullwhip Effect
Source: Wikipedia

Inefficiencies in the supply chain can cause a phenomenon referred to as the Bullwhip Effect. The idea, first identified by MIT professor Jay Forrester, identifies a trend of ever-increasing swings in inventory in response to shifts in customer demand as one looks further back in the supply chain. In other words, small variances in demand in lower parts of the supply chain create larger variances higher up the chain.

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2016-10-12_5-features-to-look-for-in-wmsGood warehouse management can easily reduce warehouse labour costs and improve perfect orders to almost 100%, increasing customer satisfaction and ultimately the bottom line. A key trait that most top performing warehousing companies share is the use of a good warehouse management system (WMS) in their distribution centres.

An extensive research project and report by Aberdeen Group revealed that there is a large gap in performance between companies with automated warehouses and those with manual processes. So what should organisations be looking for in a warehouse management system?

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Improve Order Picking ProductivityWith such a multitude of methods, techniques, processes, and technologies available, reducing the operating costs of a distribution operation presents an interesting challenge. A good starting point is to improve order picking productivity.

In this article on www.cisco-eagle.com, Charles Fallon of LLD outlines 10 ways for distribution centre managers to boost their order picking crew’s performance.

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Accurate Inventory ManagementInventory management and tracking can be tricky in any organisation but is imperative for the bottom line. Without a detailed overview of your inventory, you are setting yourself up for errors and major challenges. These important details are impossible to keep track of without an adequate inventory tracking system.

We have outlined some of the major advantages of accurate inventory management.

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Picking and dispatch processesProduction and warehousing organisations know the challenges that come with fulfilling the order process – pulling an item from inventory, packaging it, and dispatching it to a customer. While the picking and dispatch processes should be straightforward, the challenges arise when dealing with inventory in large quantities and ineffective practices.

The goal is obviously to complete the orders as quickly, efficiently and as accurately as possible. So are your systems working effectively to achieve this?

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Future of palletsThe wooden pallet has dominated the industry for years but changing demands have brought about new options that cater to differing needs. Wood, paper, metal or plastic, pallets come in every variety, but which is the most likely to carry forward into the future?

warehousenews.co.uk looks at the different pallet materials and how they stand up against the traditional wood variety in a number of scenarios.

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2016-05-11_Allergen-product-recalls_AGGProduct recalls are a reality faced by all organisations in the food and beverage industry. While the available data for South Africa is minimal, recalls do occur and manufacturers need to be prepared.

Factssa.com has compiled an article outlining allergen-related product recalls and what should be done to avoid them.

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2016-04-13_4-common-inventory-errorsUnreliable data caused by errors in inventory is one of the most common problems in warehousing and manufacturing and can have serious consequences for a business. It is therefore essential that companies identify where these errors are occurring and take steps to remedy them.

Here are some of the areas where inventory mistakes are likely to happen and some tips on how to fix them.

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expansionUndertaking expansion in an organisation can be difficult, but it creates an opportunity to plan out not only current needs but future growth as well.

A case study on warehousenews.co.uk looks at how a UK-based company thoroughly assessed their current and future requirements to find an expansion solution that would carry them into the future.

“Piccadilly Greetings Group are one of the UK’s leading greeting card publishers and manufacturers, with a product range of over 5,000 designs as well as own label products and fully bespoke stock control for major UK and international retailers.

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test_tubeIn the food and beverage manufacturing industry there is always a risk of contamination and the ability to trace ingredients, parts and lots to the source is essential to food safety. Efficient operations are the key to ensuring that safety regulations are met and that food production stays profitable.

An article on www.reliableplant.com outlines some of the advantages of traceability in avoiding foodborne illness and retaining customers.

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2015-11-19_5-tips-for-product-recallsA product recall is thought of with dread in the manufacturing industry. Even when following the strictest safety and quality guidelines, with so many factors involved sometimes things can go wrong – and product recalls can and do happen. Something as simple as undeclared allergens on food labels, in fact, continues to be one of the major causes of food recalls today.

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220px-SYSPRO_logoSYSPRO is one of the most widely used ERP systems in the warehousing, mining and manufacturing industries, and with great success. The technology has offered many organisations improved efficiency and cost savings.

Mining-Technology.com has a comprehensive whitepaper available for download of some of SYSPRO’s implementations in the mining industry and its benefits to the industry as a whole.

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