Every warehouse manager is under pressure to run their facility at maximum capacity while keeping overhead low. Because of the quick changes brought about by technological advancements in this sector, keeping up with the latest trends can be challenging. If you don't keep up with warehouse management best practices, your company risks falling behind the competition.
When building a warehouse, it is important to not only consider your current inventory but focus on growth…what you want to see in the future and where your product focus or customer type (3PL) will be. If you are starting from scratch, do your research or hire an expert to help. If you already have other locations, think about what is working well and what you would change as far as the building size, layout, location, etc. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin the building process.
Warehouse management systems (WMS) can quickly process data and organize warehouse movements. They can also generate reports and handle enormous amounts of transactions, which are common in e-commerce.
Cadre Technologies will be holding an in-person user conference, along with FOG Software sister companies this fall – September 19-22, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. The Converge User Conference is an opportunity to ensure that customers are getting the most value out of their company's investment and are able to accomplish their goals more efficiently. This event allows them to learn more about the products, updates to come in the future and network with other customers and partners. Also, to learn best practices from the Cadre team and fellow customers.
“Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI (Artificial Intelligence) will transform in the next several years.” ~Andrew Ng
“The pandemic was a stress test that uncovered many weaknesses and faults in retailers’ operations,” according to Orlee Tal, CEO of Stor.ai, “We are seeing a growing number of retailers reassessing their current systems and working to deploy the next generation of e-commerce capabilities that blend the digital and physical shopping experiences. It’s now about customer-first commerce.”
As the vaccine is distributed to more and more of the population, will we see a shift back to in person shopping, or will we continue to see a rise in online shopping? With the convenience of online shopping and consumers having access to so many different products at the click of a button, will they want to return to stores? Here is part 2 of the series.
COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways, including how we shop and where we shop. Ecommerce shopping has increased exponentially. Things have changed, but will they go back to how things were before the pandemic or has these trends changed the way we shop for time to come? With new technology being developed, the industry will continue to evolve and adapt as trends change. Here is part one of this series.
As eCommerce continues to grow exponentially along with two-day, next day, and same day delivery methods becoming the standard; a faster more dynamic way of picking is required. One of the factors that has led to the demand for faster shipping times is the introduction of Amazon Prime. This membership, which offers 2-day shipping for its products, was launched in 2005 and now has over 150 Million members.
We made it through the holidays through the Black Friday rush and the sales leading up to Christmas Day. As online continues to be the shopping method of choice, it is important to have a system in place that can keep up with the demand. As orders slow from the holidays, now is a great time evaluate software, equipment, and processes. What is working well and what is not working so well. From a business and warehouse operations standpoint, your Warehouse Management System (WMS) is the core foundation to enabling the success of your company. Here are some questions to ask yourself when evaluating your current WMS.