Top 10 Warehouse Management Posts of the Year
As 2017 comes to a close, all of us look back on the year that was in reflection. Today is day two of what will be an annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 4 main categories: Supply Chain, Warehouse Management, Omnichannel, and Inventory Management.
We will feature over the next 3 business days each category’s top 5 most viewed posts over the course of 2017. These will only contain posts written in 2017. There were approximately 100 blog posts in 2017, and over 30,000 page views on those posts alone. We added nearly 1,000 subscribers to the blog and featured several guest bloggers.
Top 10 Warehouse Management Posts of 2017
This year, most were interested in metrics and KPIs, cost reductions, and embracing technology to optimize your warehouse. Now without further ado, I give you the top 10 warehouse management blog posts of the year by pageview:
What Are the Top Warehouse Management KPIs Every Supply Chain Exec Should Measure
Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles
This blog is from Chuck Intrieri who addresses how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. This is based on his 40 years working in operations at Schwinn and other companies as well as consulting many companies on how to select the best 3PL for his client’s needs.
10 Ideas for More Efficient and Productive Warehouse Operations
Thousands of antagonists to efficient and productive warehouse operations exist. As explained by Jennie Dannecker via Stanley Vidmar, slip and fall accidents and injury claims result in 95 million lost workdays annually, draining efficiency and productivity simultaneously for warehouse managers. In addition, inefficient picking processes, poor use of space and lacking inventory visibility continue to undermine advancements in warehouse management. But, your organization can improve efficiency and productivity with these 10 ideas.
5 Benefits of a Warehouse Management System
The days of managing inventory in warehouses with pen and paper have disappeared. In their place, warehouse management systems have risen to make managing inventory easier, and these systems provide tremendous benefits, explains Rick Register of Inbound Logistics. Let’s take a look at the top five benefits gleaned from implementing a warehouse management system.
The Top 5 Warehouse Management Technologies Shaping the Supply Chain
New technologies are being developed that will propel warehouse management and shape the supply chain of the future. Around the globe, supply chain entities and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are seeking out the best ways to enhance flexibility and adaptability for both inbound and outbound logistics. From the dramatic changes possible through the cloud to the applications of Big Data, you need to know the top warehouse management technologies that will shape your future.
Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven by Inventory Management & Lean Principles
Maintaining inventory management and control through lean principles is a major trend through warehousing. Across the spectrum of warehouses and distribution centers, these practices play a vital role in driving warehouse costs down. Through continuous improvement and dedication to lean warehousing, including just-in-time inventory management, warehouse managers can effectively achieve significant warehouse cost reductions. Primarily, these reductions are achieved through an understanding of the top-level benefits in effective inventory management and lean principles.
10 Advantages of Slotting Optimization in Warehouses
As the number of products being sold has increased, the demand for superior warehouse control has grown. For your company, this means you need to make sure every space in your warehouse is maximized for efficiency and optimization. In fact, slotting optimization in warehouses can lead to the following benefits for your company.
A Brief History of WMS in the Supply Chain
The development and history of warehouse management systems (WMSs) have had a profound impact on how the supply chain functions. However, few understand the history of WMS and how it evolved to encompass item tracking, storage data, inbound and outbound shipping, picking and much more. Rather than trying to look at every small detail that led up to the modern WMS, let’s take a look at some of the most notable advancements in its history.
I Have a WMS… Do I Need a Warehouse Execution System?
As companies have grown in response to the rise of e-commerce, the types of managing systems deployed in warehouses have evolved. The most common systems boil down to one of two types, warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse execution system (WES). While both types perform similar functions, the lines between them have blurred, reports DC Velocity. Rather than trying to sort through the details on your own, consider their key differences.
OMS and WMS: Benefits of Combining the Use of an Order Management System with a Warehouse Management System
Warehouse management systems (WMSs) and order management systems (OMSs) have evolved tremendously with the rise of the internet. As explained by Patti Satterfield of Inbound Logistics, the lines between these systems, which may have included previous enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs), have become blurred. Essentially, the benefits of both OMS and WMS have taken on characteristics of its counterparts, and for some, combining these systems into a single, cohesive system can have profound benefits across the increasingly omnichannel supply chain.