10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations


It goes without saying that warehouses need to find ways to prioritize workplace safety for the health and productivity of the workforce. The following is our top 10 list of ways warehouses can drive more efficient and productive warehouse operations: Consider Automation. Boston Consulting Group research shows 1.2 Since labor tends to be the largest cost factor in warehousing and order picking operations, it’s critical for organizations to understand production rates.

Prepare Your Warehouse to Meet its Future in Boston, MA

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On Thursday, August 17, 2017, JDA Software, along with our partners Open Sky Group and DC Velocity, are hosting a warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse labor management (WLM) event in Boston, Massachusetts. It Would Be a Crime to Not Prepare Your Warehouse to Meet its Future. Boston is rich with history, and while many are familiar with the Minutemen and revolutionary spirit, most aren’t aware of Boston’s seedy underworld. Mobsters and Lobsters.

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2016)

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It’s hard to believe that we’re more than a quarter of the way through 2016 already — and that it’s snowing here in Boston today, the first Monday in April. Why Use Augmented Reality in Your Warehouse or DC? The Boston Globe: A Home Delivery and Outsourcing Failure. Mother Nature has hit the pause button on spring, but hopefully she’ll press the play button again, and the sun and warmth will return in time for our first Little League game in a couple of weeks.

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This Week in Logistics News (April 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

As I write this, the greater Boston area (including where I live) is in lockdown as the police hunt for the second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings (the first suspect was killed overnight).

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This Week in Logistics News (January 26-30, 2015)

Talking Logistics

With almost 2 feet of snow on the ground, the Blizzard of 2015 hit us hard here in Boston, but I was prepared with my “Made in Cuba” snow shovels. In other news this week… DHL successfully tests Augmented Reality application in warehouse.

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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

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Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. Or, can Amazon use their data collected at their website, the warehouses and the points of delivery to identify the areas where costs can be reduced?

7 Factors of Solid Supply Chain Network Design

Supply Chain Opz

At strategic level, it''s used to find the best way to configure a supply chain network such as, - How many warehouse a company should have? Location and size of each warehouse? Product assignment to each warehouse?

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FLOW 2019: 6 River Systems Announces First Annual User Conference

6 River Systems

6 River Systems (6RS) – the provider of the world’s first and only fully collaborative mobile robotics fulfillment solutions – will gather its community for FLOW 2019 , a three-day user conference in Boston Sept. 6RS has quickly established itself as a leader in warehouse and supply chain automation. Its experienced leadership and engineering teams work together to provide solutions that enhance the workforce and streamline warehouse tasks.

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Mobile Robotics Descend on Warehouse Operations. Robots Are Scaling Warehouse Shelves to Get Stuff to You Faster. Boston Dynamics’ Robots are preparing to leave the lab – is the world ready? Are we approaching a tipping point for the deployment of robotics in the supply chain?

Jerome Dubois of 6 River Systems named a 2019 supply chain Pro to Know

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He has a wealth of knowledge about supply chain solutions and warehouse automation, which he uses to help his clients succeed. 6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015 by Jerome Dubois, Rylan Hamilton and Chris Cacioppo.

How Do Supply Chain & Transportation Leaders Get Started Using Their Big Data Strategy?


As explained by the Boston Consulting Group , supply chain leaders should gather all stakeholders from an organization. For example, supply procurement, manufacturing processes and warehousing information should be the first considerations.

6 River Systems named to RBR50 by Robotics Business Review

6 River Systems

Our customer base is using collaborative robots to ramp their fulfillment capacity and productivity, at a fraction of the cost of traditional warehouse automation solutions. 6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015 by Jerome Dubois, Rylan Hamilton and Chris Cacioppo. The 6 River Systems engineering team has decades of automation, software and operations experience and has designed, built and deployed the world’s largest warehouse automation solutions.

5 Key Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

Talking Logistics

When we speak to supply chain leaders about innovations in their supply chain, it’s not always about drones, self-driving trucks, or automated warehouses. We have suppliers that provide the inventory to select warehouses and these warehouses supply customers at the appropriate time and place.

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Shoveling Snow with a Dustpan (Takeaways from BluJay Solutions’ SOAR 2017 Conference)

Talking Logistics

This past April 1st, it snowed over 6 inches here in Boston. Think of it as a Control Tower layer that spans across the different applications and leverages a consolidated data warehouse fed by the applications.

This Week in Logistics News (April 3-7, 2017)

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Rapid temperature cycling due to crazy Boston weather. LLamasoft Offers Customers Access to FLEXE Marketplace for On-Demand Warehousing Services. Fuel-Cell Maker to Help Amazon Improve Warehouse Efficiency (WSJ – sub. My garage door is crumpled. How did it happen?

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Logistics, Data, and Cognitive Computing

Enterra Insights

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysts assert, “Logistics networks have never been more complex. The track & trace data shows if any exceptions occurred once the freight left your warehouse (weather delays, mechanical problems, etc.). It tracks not only transportation and handling but also warehousing and inventory working-capital costs, specifically by end customer. … A newer development in self-learning systems is intelligent warehouses.

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6 River Systems Grows International Team, Hires Simon Jones, Head of Sales for U.K. and Ireland

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He shares our vision for how 6 River’s flexible, scalable solutions can help solve the challenges found throughout warehouses globally.” 6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Mass. WALTHAM, MASS. – ( Sept. 3 , 2019) – 6 River Systems, Inc.

Fishing for Supply Chain: How Red’s Best is Transforming Supply Chain Management


In response to some challenges with provenance on their product, Boston-based seafood distributor Red’s Best created its own software to track where they get their fish, and where it goes once it leaves the warehouse.

Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

In parallel, three more raised their hands to speak on robotic automation in their warehouses focused on the redefinition of channel fulfillment. Meanwhile, warehouse robotics is staging a market shift. May was a conference month.

IDC Report: Robotics adoption continues to grow, large opportunity remains

6 River Systems

The 6RS solution works alongside the warehouse associates, leading them through order picking processes and eliminating long walks by bringing work to the associate and delivering completed work to the next step in the process autonomously.

The Future Is Now for Logistics

Material Handling & Logistics

Warehousing is one link in the supply chain that needs to take a more active role in embracing technological innovation, according to the researchers. These measures further reduce warehouse capacity, driving rates even higher," the report says.

This Week in Logistics News (June 11-15, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Amazon’s Clever Machines Are Moving From the Warehouse to Headquarters (Bloomberg). million for its warehouse robots (TechCrunch). Song of the Week: “Question of Time” by Depeche Mode (recorded live in Boston, 6/9/2018).

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a cold, crisp winter in Boston. During that winter, I was staying at the Westin in Boston and working remotely. Volatility. Demand redefined. Economic markets plummeting… D aily we see the financial charts roll across the news.

This Week in Logistics News (January 19-23, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Deflategate has consumed the airwaves, headlines, and social media conversations all week, especially here in Boston. Yes, 3PLs provide customers with multiple logistics services like transportation management and warehousing, but that definition is stale and limiting.

This Week in Logistics News (July 16-20, 2018)

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What if your grocery orders were prepared in a tiny robot warehouse? London’s Hottest Properties Are Urban Warehouses (Bloomberg). The closer my vacation date gets, the more work piles up for me to get done before I leave. How does that happen?

6 River Systems Continues European Growth, Adds Juergen Heim as Sales Director

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With Juergen on board, we can now fill an international market gap in warehouse automation with our flexible, scalable solutions.” retail, e-commerce, warehousing and supply chain industries. 6 River Systems was founded in Boston, Mass. WALTHAM, MASS.

Your Brand Deserves Modern Logistics, Don’t You Think?


How a flexible fulfillment and warehousing solution gives retailers and brands more options and better service from FLEXE CEO & Co-founder, Karl Siebrecht. Traditional methods for finding and procuring warehousing and fulfillment services are labor-intensive, time-consuming, and expensive.

Your Brand Deserves Modern Logistics, Don’t You Think?


How a flexible fulfillment and warehousing solution gives retailers and brands more options and better service from FLEXE CEO & Co-founder, Karl Siebrecht. Traditional methods for finding and procuring warehousing and fulfillment services are labor-intensive, time-consuming, and expensive.

Google Express, Its Supply Chain & Viability

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

It currently serves the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C., per order for a one hour delivery), utilizes inventory from both its warehouses and local stores and restaurants, and marks up some prices in comparison to the in-store prices.

Allentown gains traction as freight hub

DAT Solutions

Allentown, PA, was once a major manufacturing town, but it has emerged more recently as a popular location for warehouses and distribution centers, especially at this time of year. Allentown to Boston : $3.96/mile, up 19 cents. Boston to Allentown : $2.14/miles, up 1 cent.

Expert Interview: Inventory Optimization


You’ll see it used to describe tactical inventory management, warehouse operations and strategic network assessments as well as used to describe single stage as well as multi-echelon environments. Inventory Optimization (IO) is a loosely used term in the industry.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

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Manhattan Associates Empowers Warehouse Managers With New E-Commerce Capabilities. The orders are being fulfilled from about 160 Best Buy stores in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington.

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Logistics: Automation and the Future of Work


You cross the threshold of job replacement of certain activities all sort of at once,” Gates says, citing warehouse work and driving as some of the job categories that in the next 20 years will have robots doing them. ” There's also around 429K warehouse workers in the U.S.

This Week in Logistics News (July 27-31, 2015)

Talking Logistics

I’m taking the day off from work today, heading to Boston with my mom and my wife and kids, and we’re just going to pass the day in the city. “I can’t believe I have a 45 year old son,” my mom says to me yesterday.

6 Things to Consider as You Plan Your 2016 Budget

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ports will compete for customers, especially in 2018 and 2019 when the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) contracts will be renegotiated. You can read more on the topic in our recent white paper, Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Expansion Is Redrawing the Logistics Map [DK1] , which was written collaboratively with Boston Consulting Group. The start of a new year means budget planning is likely back on your agenda.

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6 River Systems, Right HandRobotics and IDC at LogiMAT 2019

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The Boston logistics and robotics community was well represented at LogiMAT 2019 with RightHand Robotics, IDC and 6 River Systems introducing new warehouse automation technologies to Europe for the first time.

U.S. Retail Sales Outpace Forecast, Bringing Glad Tidings for Holiday 2017

Supply Chain Nation

The Boston Globe reports that, as shoppers change their buying preferences, retailers have had to change how they ramp up staffing for the holidays. Meanwhile, online retailers bulked up staffing in warehouses and delivery services, and hired workers to handle customer service calls from home. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: U.S.