Effective Warehouse Management in an Omnichannel World

Cerasis

An effective warehouse management strategy is key to staying competitive and meeting consumers’ expectations in the omnichannel world. Knowing the available inventory and assets only in distribution centers is inefficient and lacks value, but when applied across an entire supply chain network, inventory visibility propagates effective warehouse management. As a result, stores and regional warehouses end up overstocked or understocked, and carrying costs soar.

9 eCommerce Warehousing Best Practices to Follow

Cerasis

Unfortunately, millions more will still go to brick-and-mortar stores to find those special items, and the push toward online and omnichannel ordering will continue grow, which is why it is increasingly important to invest in eCommerce Warehousing. However, if you can leverage these “best practices,” you can create an ecommerce warehousing solution ideal for both holiday and year-round scalability and growth. Embrace “Chaotic” eCommerce Warehousing.

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E-Commerce Shipping: Why Shippers Are Mastering E-Commerce to Go Omnichannel

Cerasis

The answer lies in developing omnichannel experiences for customers, unifying the online and brick-and-mortar experience into a seamless shopping journey. Unfortunately, shippers may overlook the biggest obstacle to omnichannel, developing effective e-commerce shipping practices. To avoid the retail apocalypse and achieve omnichannel success, shippers need to understand the challenges of e-commerce shipping, how it contributes to omnichannel success and a few tips to succeed in it.

Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now… Robotics

Logistics Bureau

From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways—function and form included. Affected by changes in production, procurement and distribution methods, warehousing has continually been pushed and pulled in different directions. Just-in-time techniques have led to more products arriving directly from manufacturing to the end-customer, shrinking warehouse use. Where to Do Your Warehousing. Who Will Do Your Warehousing?

Omnichannel is another Word for Complexity

Enterra Insights

Omnichannel retail operations are well on their way to becoming the norm. Michael Jones ( @mdjonesy ), a business consultant, explains, “Consumers don’t shop ‘omnichannel.’ ”[1] Successful companies make omnichannel operations seamless and easy for consumers; but, behind the scenes complexity rules. Tom Redd, a marketing expert, observes, “Omnichannel is a marvelous thing, and all cogs in the retail mechanism play a part.”[2]

Omnichannel Retail Requires Close Collaboration with Logistics Providers

Enterra Insights

The next time you feel the need to toast someone, raise your glass to all the supply chain professionals involved in omnichannel retail operations. Omnichannel logistics challenges. From a consumer perspective, omnichannel retail is about enjoying a seamless shopping experience across channels and selecting a delivery method that meets personal timing and location preferences. … Omnichannel is not just a logistics decision.

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. On-demand warehousing—a marketplace platform that connects retailers in need of warehouse space with warehouse operators that have it—enables retailers to scale their distribution networks as demand, well, demands. Instead, it turned to on-demand warehousing.

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.

Featuring Our 10 Best Warehouse Order Fulfillment Articles!

Supply Chain Game Changer

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! Warehouse Fulfillment – Move the Material to the People, Not the Other Way Around! Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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What Is Driving Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the Cloud?

Cerasis

Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the cloud has risen as companies attempt to stay competitive with Big Box Retailers and Amazon, but those are not the only factors driving investment in cloud-based WMS. Ultimately, supply chain executives need to understand the challenges of a traditional WMS, and why a Warehouse Management System in the cloud is a viable solution with key benefits. What’s a Warehouse Management System in the Cloud? Technology Warehouse

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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. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand "Hidden Costs" in the Warehouse Cost Reductions Quest.

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2018 Supply Chain Trends: Omnichannel, Customer Experience, & Regulations to Shape the Industry

Cerasis

Omnichannel Supply Chains Will Become Standard. Omnichannel is perhaps the biggest of the 2018 supply chain trends. 2018 will see more supply chains pursue omnichannel strategies , eliminating inconsistencies and disparate systems and creating a cohesive, shopping experience for consumers. Warehouse Managers Will Work More on Attracting New Talent. Change will flow throughout all supply chains in 2018, regardless of products or services offered.

Space Planning: Could You Run Out of Space in Your Warehouse too?

Supply Chain Game Changer

And we have no empty space left in the warehouse racking.” By early to mid-December we could finally see empty space in the warehouse racking again. There was absolutely no consideration taken for cubic space requirements and the racking configuration of the warehouse. Omnichannel #Retail #SupplyChain #SCM #ECommerce #Distribution #Logistics. Selected as one of the Top 75 Supply Chain Blogs, and one of the Top 25 Procurement Blogs, on the Internet.

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Three Ways Material Handling Equipment Is Changing with Rise of E-Commerce

Talking Logistics

2 The shift to a hybrid omnichannel model. To manage both individual parcels and pallets, the hybrid omnichannel model is gaining popularity to balance the requirements of different order sizes. E-commerce has also forced warehouses to operate on an almost 24/7 basis, which requires improvements in MHE to handle more orders and increase efficiency. Data analysis is used to compare maintenance costs, ensuring MHE procurement choices are cost-effective.

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5 Strategies for Retailers to Combat the Coronavirus Impact

Vinculum

With this, retailers can also save a lot on costs in terms of stock procurement. Automated Catalog Listing Inventory & Order Management Omnichannel Experience Warehousing & Fulfillment Multi-brand Retailers 3PLs Sellers Industry Insights eCommerce Corona Virus Covid-19 Retail IndustryIf there is one thing that is trending globally, lately, it is the coronavirus outbreak or COVID-19.

This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Outlines New Developments in Omnichannel Strategy and Technology. Ace Hardware Powers Its Omnichannel Initiative with eBay Enterprise In-Store Pickup. Menlo Logistics Opening New Multi-client Warehouse in Ladkrabang, Thailand. Omnichannel fulfillment dominated the headlines this week, with Macy’s, Ace Hardware, and Sears making announcements about their work in this area. Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference next week? If so, let’s connect.

What Is Driving Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the Cloud?

Veridian Solutions

Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the cloud has risen as companies attempt to stay competitive with Big Box Retailers and Amazon, but those are not the only factors driving investment in cloud-based WMS. Ultimately, supply chain executives need to understand the challenges of a traditional WMS, and why a Warehouse Management System in the cloud is a viable solution with key benefits. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

What Is Driving Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the Cloud?

Veridian Solutions

Interest for a Warehouse Management System in the cloud has risen as companies attempt to stay competitive with Big Box Retailers and Amazon, but those are not the only factors driving investment in cloud-based WMS. Ultimately, supply chain executives need to understand the challenges of a traditional WMS, and why a Warehouse Management System in the cloud is a viable solution with key benefits. A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

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

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. For example, if my contract manufacturer is late with an order it can cause me to incur excess costs with the freighting and warehousing companies, respectively. This initially necessitated the expansion of our warehousing provision, revision of our stock rotation and warehousing policies and associated costs, which we had to bear.

50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

6 River Systems

As the biggest players in fulfillment, distribution and omnichannel retail continue to push boundaries, logistics and planning strategists are forced to innovate. Implement supply chain actions, including with internal procurement teams, with suppliers and through broader collaboration, and develop measurable targets for these efforts. “As for your internal systems, real-time inventory management helps you manage your fulfillment warehouses. Warehouse Operations

The Digital Supply Chain: How Are Supply Chain Managers Responding?

Cerasis

Managers must understand the digital evolution in the supply chain and respond in kind, explains Forbes magazine , with integrated planning and execution systems, automated systems, smart warehousing and procurement practices and much more. In other words, companies must be willing to create seamless, omnichannel experiences for consumers while still meeting public expectations, like reducing impact on the environment and focusing on local-sourced goods and materials.

Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Supply Chain Game Changer

A Responsive Supply Chain offers greater flexibility with labor management , streamlines warehouse operations, reduces dock constraints, and much more. Why Warehouses Need Responsive Supply Chain Functions. Connect with customers via the omnichannel supply chain, building seamless experiences and gathering more granular, detailed data in each interaction. supplychainmanagement #procurement #logisticsmanagement. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Leveraging Digital Technologies To Reinvent And Accelerate Supply Chain Automation – LogiSYM October/November 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

The implementation of digital technology unfolds in three main areas; warehouse management, manufacturing processes and distribution chain management. The solution should not only offer omnichannel support and intelligent reporting but also geo-tracking and geo-mapping capabilities.

WES in 2020: Why Combined WES and WMS Functions Build Supply Chain Power

Veridian Solutions

There was a time when warehouses were simpler and easier to manage. Now, the strong demand for e-commerce, SKU proliferation, and supporting systems enable warehouses to rival the size of a large shopping mall. Functions traditionally left solely under the realm of a warehouse management system (WMS), such as inventory management, are no longer distinct from those of warehouse control systems (WCS). Therefore, an omnichannel warehouse is the only solution.”.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

With how quickly new technology, tips and warehouse management techniques are emerging, wouldn’t it be nice to take a page from someone else’s book? Boot Barn @bootbarn In 2016, Boot Barn improved operations at its distribution center in Fontana, California by implementing HighJump’s Warehouse Advantage WMS. As of mid-2017, 80% of the company’s shipments out of its warehouse were going to areas other than California and New York. Warehouse Efficiency

The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

We want to make sure that supply chain practitioners, as well as manufacturers, understand how all of these technologies are affecting the entire supply chain, including the supply chain & procurement side of a manufacturing operation. How can you apply the digital supply chain for effectiveness including going omnichannel. 5 Tips for Warehouse and Distribution Center Management Success You MUST Instill Today. 10 Advantages of Slotting Optimization in Warehouses.

What are the Supply Chain Impacts of Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. It expands the company’s distribution network, adding 440 refrigerated warehouses within 10 miles of 80 percent of the population. Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. E-Commerce Guest Blog Post Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Amazon ECommerce Retail supplychainSubscribe Here! Email Address. Blog post provided by [link].

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The Changing Landscape of Real Estate in the Logistics Industry

Logistics Bureau

This article delves into the changes that new commercial business models, customer expectations, and technology are bringing about in the logistics environment, focusing particularly on how those changes are impacting the planning, procurement, design, layout, and operation of distribution centres. For many businesses, omnichannel distribution brings the distribution centre to the forefront of the supply chain and into the awareness of customers.

6 More Logistics Technology Trends Enabling Success in 2018

Cerasis

However, logistics focuses expressly on the movement and storage of products, while the supply chain goes into deeper detail, including manufacturing processes, procurement, and the flow of goods. The decision by Amazon will result in increased development of robots for use in logistics and other functions in warehouses such as packing and picking. In today’s blog post we continue our look at the logistics technology trends that will shape 2018.

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Top 5 Trends to Know to Compete with Amazon’s Supply Chain

Cerasis

In other words, robots will gain new movements, capable of picking items from shelves in warehouses and storefronts. Technology Will Reshape Procurement Practices. Better procurement practices translate into better overall sales, but the role of procurement in driving sales’ statistics will change throughout 2017. For example, Johnson & Johnson procurement professionals actively review market trends before making purchases.

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WMS Labor Cost Reductions: How to Reduce Costs Despite Peak Season

Veridian Solutions

Meanwhile, the industry still suffers from a warehouse labor shortage. Due to the need to move warehouses further from urban areas, warehouse workers become even more scarce. Since supply chain management begins with procurement, your WMS labor cost reductions must start there. Procurement technologies, including automated conveyors and put-to-light systems, can streamline the workflow for employees. The warehouse is the virtual store.

Bed, Bath & Beyond – Second Quarter 2020 E-commerce & Supply Chain Initiatives

Logistics Trends and Insights

Omnichannel capabilities including inventory and warehouse management capabilities such as advanced allocation logic and replenishment strategies to improve customer experience. Focus on strategic sourcing – A newly formed procurement organization will drive anticipated savings by designing and implementing centralized spend control and vendor management processes across all areas of indirect spend.

Where Is the ROI in a WMS Implementation?

Veridian Solutions

Assessing the return on investment (ROI) of a warehouse management system (WMS) implementation is an essential step in building the business case for investment. According to Chris Barnes , solution consultant for the Accellos platform, Warehouse Managers face many challenges in understanding the ROI in a WMS implementation. Let’s take a closer look at where Warehouse Managers may find the highest ROI in a WMS implementation. Refinement of procurement strategies.

How You Can Get MORE from a Unichannel Logistics Partner! (ULP)

Supply Chain Network

Contrary to what some procurement professionals may think, all logistics solution providers are not created equal, and those who consider price only, or as main factor in their selection process, are doomed to mediocrity and perhaps even failure. Many in the industry use the term Omnichannel, so why do we now need something called Unichannel and what’s the difference?

Top Logistics & Supply Chain Blogs We Followed in 2018 & Suggest You Follow in 2019

Shipchain

Its topics include upcoming supply chain conferences, warehouse technology innovation, logistics insights, and transportation cost control. The blog reports on recent changes to policies, best practices in supply chain management, whitepapers detailing procurement through reverse logistics and much more. Top Omnichannel Supply Chain Blogs We Follow. Multi-Channel Merchant is another blog dedicated to the world of supply chain integration in the age of omnichannel.