IoT Inspired Smart Warehouses Are Reinventing Inventory Management

Cerasis

The internet allows for unlimited scalability and boosted efficiency in warehouse inventory management. The so-called “smart warehouse” takes advantage of these defining factors by connecting systems to streamline inventory management and overall productivity. Warehouse managers must understand why changes of standards and use of the Internet of Things (IoT) are needed and how smart warehouses can meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations. Then, this article will show you 10 simple principles that you can use to streamline your inventory management practices right away. Considering 3 warehouse storage policies, the first policy is to store items anywhere.

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Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

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What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

Cerasis

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock. First, take a physical wall-to-wall inventory.

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4 Ways Technology Can Simplify Inventory Management

EazyStock

Inventory is the biggest entry in the balance sheet of many distribution companies and fast deliveries are becoming increasingly important in today’s digital world – especially as an increasing number of people are working remotely. Streamline your warehouse management .

How AI Solves the Riddles of Inventory Management

Aera Technology

by Kaushal Dave, Vice President of Cognitive (AI) Solutions, Aera Technology The problems that pervade inventory management are well known: Excess inventory languished in warehouses, tying up millions of dollars in working capital. Multinationals employ thousands of planners and spend millions of dollars on alphabet soup of software to manage inventory and other links in the supply chain, from ERP, MES, MRP, CRM and WMS to planning and logistics tools.

Why Ignoring Automated Inventory Management is Killing your Supply Chain

EazyStock

You’ve heard about robots in the warehouse and self-driving trucks, but automation is taking over even more areas in the supply chain. Inventory management. Automated inventory management is nothing new to huge, enterprise-sized companies. However, small- and mid-sized businesses have only recently been investing in this new automation for their inventory management – and many SMBs are still hesitant about investing in this new technology.

The Ins and Outs of SDE Analysis in Inventory Management

Unleashed

Inventory control encompasses all aspects of managing a business’ inventory stock, from purchasing, shipping, receiving, tracking, warehousing and storage, turnover, and reordering. Inventory control is such a critical function for many businesses spanning every industry. Without effective inventory control methods, the supply chain can suffer , you risk not being able to meet customer demands adequately, and your business’ bottom line will reflect this.

WMS and Cycle Counting: How to Reach Inventory Management KPIs

Veridian Solutions

Greater control and efficiency in modern warehouse management rests on the reliability and accuracy of your inventory management processes. Using the right WMS and cycle counting best practices can dramatically shape the productivity of your operation from slotting optimization to returns management and beyond. Challenges in WMS Cycle Counting Managing a WMS and cycle counting is essential to reducing supply chain costs and fulfilling more orders.

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Warehouse Cost Savings: 5 Key Areas of Focus and 13 Practical Objectives

Cerasis

A Director of Operations, Warehouse Director or Manager, or even the Director of Supply Chain or Logistics, are always in the pursuit of continuous improvement as well as warehouse cost savings in both time and money. With the myriad of tasks and personell, a director or manager must oversee, how on earth are they to get everything done? 5 Key Areas to Focus on in the Pursuit of Warehouse Cost Savings. Implement Vendor Management System (VMI).

50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. Not only does warehouse optimization result in a healthier bottom line, but it also improves key warehouse metrics like accurate orders and on-time delivery. Implementing the right technologies, such as collaborative mobile robots , can help to optimize resource management and improve productivity.

URM™ Stores Inc. Selects Herlitz Inventory Management to Improve Efficiencies and Increase Profits in its Purchasing Process

Herlitz Inventory Management

Herlitz Inventory Management deployed its HIMPACT inventory and buying solution to manage over 45,000 SKUs. Cambridge, MA, July 5, 2017 — Herlitz Inventory Management, a best-of-breed supply chain provider founded by the creators of E3 Corporation and internationally recognized for their inventory management expertise, today announced that URM™ Stores Inc. holds 25,000 SKUs plus 20,000 seasonal items, which is managed by 12 buyers.

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

There are many factors to consider when designing a warehouse layout, and every design decision can have a significant impact on operational efficiency. Curtis Barry & Company , labor comprises more than half of a warehouse’s total operations costs. A poorly designed warehouse floor plan means warehouse associates must walk longer distances to accomplish tasks, resulting in wasted time and resources. Warehouse requirements do not denote storage alone.

The 3 Biggest Problems Your Logistics Teams Will Face in Q4 and How to Solve Them with On-Demand Warehousing

FLEXE

Aside from that being one of your busiest times of the year, the movement to eCommerce and omnichannel shopping has made accurate demand planning impossible and inventory allocation harder than ever. Between inventory fluctuation and seasonality, making it all fit when it needs to, and general supply chain disruptions, there’s a lot to plan throughout the year. He’s in charge of inventory management across its distribution and fulfillment network.

Overcome Foodservice Disruptions: Focus on Technology, Service Networks, and Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While inventory levels and demand requirements continue to remain irregular, the most successful companies focus on technology, service networks, and expedited transportation options to overcome challenging market conditions. No one could predict how much uncertainty 2020 would bring.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

Supply Chain Game Changer

What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? As such it was many years before I actually heard of the term “Supply Chain Management” Regardless I pursued my interests and took on an increasingly diverse set of progressive jobs as time went on. Now as I look back on my career virtually everything I did falls under the banner of Supply Chain management. Some people are motivated by opportunities to manage, lead and get promoted. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go for Paperless Warehousing

Vinculum

Warehousing is critical in movement of goods from manufacturer to the end customer. Whenever we come across this term ‘Warehouse’, we imagine a big closed place which is used for storage of the goods to be transported, whether inbound or outbound, trucks moving to and fro, lot of labourers would be working etc. The Indian warehouse market was worth INR 561 Billion in 2018. To cater this market demand investors are investing heavily in warehousing projects.

4 Ways To Improve Procurement For Increased Customer Satisfaction

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Though it’s often overlooked as an element of customer satisfaction, procurement is an essential component for delivering that satisfaction. Procurement involves buying goods and services that keep an organization operating; it ensures warehouses are well-stocked with the proper supplies at all times. Procurement can be responsible for up to 70 percent of a company’s revenue , so small changes in procurement functions can have a major impact on profitability.

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

When I began my career there was no such thing as “Supply Chain Management” Supply Chain was not a title to be found anywhere on any organization chart. Yet all of the functions that we now associate with Supply Chain have been around for a very long time: Planning, Inventory Management, Logistics, Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and many more. So what exactly is the definition of “Supply Chain Management”?

The Last Mile Really Does Begin with the First Pick From Your Warehouse

Veridian Solutions

Supply chain leaders that wish to excel in last mile need to understand why the real value begins with this very first point and how effective first mile management enhances the entire process. As explained by Supply Chain 24/7 , digitalization of the logistics industry, including warehousing, continues to drive the market. How Procurement Contributes to Improved, End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency. Enhancing logistics begins with better management of inbound logistics.

Supply Chain Risk Management is a Cirque Du Soleil Calibre Act!

Supply Chain Game Changer

In thinking about the show and its construct I thought about the incredible amount of risk that the performers and producers are managing. Supply Chain Professionals, although not usually theatrical, also work in an environment in which they are managing a tremendous amount of risk. What are the risks that Supply Chain people deal with every day and what is Supply Chain Risk Management? Supply Chain Risk Management. Inventory Performance. Subscribe Here!

Featuring Our 10 Best Warehouse Order Fulfillment Articles!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Our latest “Featuring” series article covers the topic of Warehouse and Distribution Centre order fulfillment. So take some time and check out our very best Warehouse and Distribution Centre fulfillment articles! Keys to Success in Warehouse Management / Order Fulfillment! Keys to Success in Warehouse Management/Order Fulfillment! Warehousing: Optimize Storage Locations!

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Flying Warehouses! And Mobile Fulfillment Centers that Exist Today

FLEXE

Illustrations in the filing show a flying warehouse, which would remain at high altitudes as drones fly back and forth between the warehouse and nearby shipping destinations. The flying warehouse is designed to do things like hover over stadiums and restock concession stands in real-time. Leading e-retailers are using pop-up fulfillment centers to augment their supply chain to do similar things as the flying warehouse might do. The post Flying Warehouses!

5 ways ERP improves inventory visibility in your supply chain

OptiProERP

Inventory visibility is one of the critical aspects of any manufacturing business. It helps organizations understand how much inventory is available, at what location , and at any given point of time. To ensure inventory visibility, you should have access to view, manage, and update your inventory status from trusted software. What Improved Inventory Visibility does. Inventory ties up money. How ERP Improves Inventory Visibility.

The Basics of Walmart Replenishment

SupplyPike

Learn about: Cross-docking Walmart’s inventory technology Shelf-scanning robots Vendor-management inventory. Walmart’s global inventory is worth more than $32 billion on any given day and presently operates more than 11,500 stores across 27 countries. In order to maintain that inventory, the retail giant uses three basic strategies for replenishment : Cross-Docking. Walmart’s inventory strategy primarily revolves around cross-docking.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Pull (Lean principle: Kanban) : Move inventory only when requested by a customer.

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Logistics Cost Reduction: 6 Focuses to Create More Profit

Cerasis

Ensure that your warehouse operation is safe. Have someone, like a Safety Manager, be accountable and responsible for safety and ongoing safety training. Analyze labor reduction for any warehousing operation. There are Labor Management Software systems that can help manage work in the warehouse. Incentive programs for warehousing employees do work. Try warehouse mobility in your four walls. The layout of your warehouse can save you money.

5 Quick Solutions for Simplifying Supply Chains

Unleashed

In an attempt to get back to supply chain basics, companies need to scrutinise their processes, from procurement through to storage and shipping. Sure, data is king when it comes to helping forecast future demand and inventory stock needs but the ability to collect data is not always supported by the ability to filter and manage that data correctly. This activity will not only reduce the amount of traffic in warehouses but will also speed up processes.

13 Amazing Logistics & Supply Chain Mobile Applications

EazyStock

These apps help companies achieve every business process from tracking inventory and shipments to booking meetings with clients to tracking tasks and projects. OmniFocus – Task-Management App. A nifty task-management app that has been released in its third edition that has redesigned its core features to add power to the app’s capabilities and has brought fresh design and new features. EazyStock – Inventory Optimization Software.

How to Manage Inventory in a Growing Business

EazyStock

Inventory Management, Business Growth & Expanding Product Portfolios. At EazyStock we talk to a lot of small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) who are struggling to effectively manage their inventory. In this three-part blog series we’re looking at each of these inventory management problems. In this post we’re exploring how to manage inventory effectively when you’re faced with a growing product portfolio.

This Week in Logistics News (October 8-12, 2018)

Talking Logistics

This is the first time in many years that I’ve had to assume all of her responsibilities in managing the complex operations of a house with three kids (our oldest child is in college, which you would think would make things easier, but she lost her prescription eye glasses, so I had to pick up a new pair at the store, box them up, drive to the post office, and stand in line to mail them to her.). Alexa Heads to the Warehouse (WSJ – sub. Alexa in the Warehouse.

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: You’re All Responsible for It!

NC State SCRC

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its first ever “Executive Roundtable on Excess and Obsolete Inventory” on the NC State campus on October 25, 2017. I nventory Management Partners sponsored the event, and helped to bring together the format and content for the discussion. Executives need to deal with inventory issues as they arise! Management awareness of E&O impacts. There needs to be important communication channels between planning and sales managers.

The Supply Chain Detective™ – The Case of the Missing Cash!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The CFO and I took over day to day management of the acquired company. But these customers would require huge upfront out of pocket capital, inventory and resource investments to enable this business. From a process perspective we found that not only were the Accounts Receivable terms and Accounts Payable terms out of alignment, but the processes surrounding the active collection of A/R, and management of A/P were somewhat nonexistent. Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

EMC runs a lean operation: Playing hockey with doughnut holes

Supply Chain View from the Field

Brent Taylor, who I met the week before at Procurement Leader’s, took me on a tour of the plant. They also use a “inventory train” concept – which is a cart with rolling stock. The material is then pulled from a “supermarket” stock on the floor – which in turn triggers a replenishment from the warehouse that is next door. The warehouse in turn triggers replenishment from suppliers.

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