The search for warehouse talent continues

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

As we head into the holiday season, there’s a big demand for skilled workers to operate material handling equipment and analyze warehouse inventory levels to ensure operations are moving smoothly. More warehouse operations are attempting to deliver on promises to customers, and skilled workforces can help achieve that.

The Wall Street Journal reports warehouse hiring is expected to grow by nearly 24,000 jobs over the year, making for the biggest expansion in the industry. The biggest drivers of this hiring increase is growth in distribution centers that are looking for more transportation and logistics employees.

In an effort to recruit top talent in a competitive market, the news provider reports that warehouse managers are increasing compensation and offering higher bonuses in an effort to drive hiring.

Hiring has been on the mind of warehouse managers for years, as older skilled workers have moved toward retirement and millennials have shunned the industry in favor of other prospects. This has led to a talent shortage that has been hard to recover from. According to Material Handling and Logistics, companies have been moving their warehouse operations to areas filled with talent in hopes of attracting skilled workers in places they already are.

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Being energy efficient comes to the forefront of warehouse priorities

Use energy efficient means for moving materials.

Use energy efficient means for moving materials.

Are you using material handling equipment that use a lot of energy? Using manual equipment may require more labor, but it could have a positive effect on your bottom line every time you look at energy costs.

According to Material Handling & Logistics, making energy smart decisions in your equipment fleet can help save money. The news provider reports more companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint while still keeping productivity at the forefront. In an effort to be more energy efficient, warehouse managers are taking a look at their bottom line and adopting energy efficient equipment as well as looking at their facilities. Not only do these moves benefit the environment, but they also help reduce overall spending in energy costs.

There are other adjustments you can make to help reduce overall energy use. According to Supply Chain Digital, companies that move to energy efficient practices see major savings in the bottom line. One way to make the transition is to take stock of your material handling equipment and see which pieces are using the most energy. Do some research to see if a more efficient piece of equipment is available and replace that model. The savings long term can make a big difference.

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Get multiple warehouses under control for better benefits

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

Trying to manage a large warehouse operation can be overwhelming. You need to make sure each facility is well-staffed, you have enough material handling equipment to properly move equipment and you’re properly tracking everything that enters and leaves the warehouse, particularly if it’s moving to different facilities.

According to Manufacturing.net, managing multiple warehouses at a time can complicate things quickly, but there are a lot of benefits. For example, the news provider reports that multiple warehouses in a single operation opens the doors to new potential markets, can reduce shipping costs and gives more storage capabilities.

The news provider suggests taking stock of each facility and figuring out where the problems lie, making sure to come up with different solutions that are unique to the location. As the source reports, every location is different, so it’s important to treat each operation as such.

Shopify reports that a strong multichannel system is what earns customer loyalty. Try and have visibility into all the operations and see what inventory is available where. This can not only help fulfill orders, but also satisfy customers. If you’re able to check in on different warehouses seamlessly, you’ll have success in your multichannel operations.

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Proper inventory management helps operations save money

How on top of your inventory management are you?

How on top of your inventory management are you?

How are your inventory levels? If you’re unable to effectively manage your inventory levels, it could mean bad news to your bottom line, because you’re either unable to fulfill sales or you have outdated inventory you won’t be able to sell, resulting in a sunk cost.

Do you have a handle on all the inventory that is coming in on material handling equipment through your warehouse doors? According to Logistics Management, if you have excess inventory, you could be affecting the overall cost to your business in a big way.

However, with the right technology to see the exact levels of your inventory on a daily basis, you can keep your levels in check. The news provider reports that there has been a bigger shift to see real-time data.

According to Shopify, proper inventory management can help you avoid dead stock, as well as see your storage levels. If you’re monitoring sales of products and paying attention to traffic patterns, you’ll be able to smartly manage your orders, by choosing products that are flying off the shelves and withholding products that aren’t moving. The news provider notes that if you’re storing too much inventory, it can increase storage costs, which is why it’s imperative to keep things in check.

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Manufacturing makes energy efficiency priority

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How on top of your inventory management are you?

Efficiency plays a big role in the overall success of a manufacturing operation. It’s critical for managers to figure out how to be efficient in workforce and daily operational costs, as it can save both time and money. Material handling equipment can help you move bulk materials without straining the workforce and help save on time.

In addition to material handling equipment, another way to save money through operations is energy usage. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the manufacturing industry has been making energy efficiency a priority, because savings for the operation could translate to savings for consumers, earning more loyalty. However, there’s still a long way to go, as the news provider reports the sector consumed a quarter of total end-use energy last year.

While energy efficient practices can be cost-beneficial in the long run, some manufacturing managers may be put off by the initial costs. According to Manufacturing.net, for many managers, the initial investment can feel overwhelming. However, as operations continue you start to see a gradual reduction in overall use overtime, resulting in savings. Making tweaks to the warehouse such as using energy efficient equipment, replacing lights with LED bulbs and making sure all spaces are properly insulated can make significant strides in reducing overall operating costs.

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Get the supply chain ready for the holiday shopping season

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How on top of your inventory management are you?

The holidays are right around the corner, and now is the time for warehouses to start prepping for the major sales and increase in consumer demand. Scanning inventory as it comes in and out of the warehouse on material handling carts, creating sales forecasts based on patterns stores have seen and getting shippers ready for a busy season are all matters of proper planning.

Material Handling and Logistics reports this year is expected to increase holiday season shopping sales by at least 5 percent from 2017, indicating to supply chain managers that there is little room for error when it comes to preparation. One of the major drivers behind the surge is the rise of e-commerce and many companies trying to earn consumer loyalty by offering incentives such as free returns and expedited shipping in order to stay competitive.

One of the major struggles retailers have is meeting their labor needs. According to the Wall Street Journal, in an effort to offset this issue, more supply chain managers are turning to material handling equipment and technology in order to move inventory quickly. Where automation can come into play in the warehouse, it helps reduce the labor strain during busy times.

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When it comes to large inventory orders, prepare in advance

Are you ready for a large inventory delivery?

Are you ready for a large inventory delivery?

When you have an ecommerce operation, it’s critical to keep track of the inventory coming in on your material handling equipment, so you can ensure that you’re best meeting customer demand and are better able to track sale patterns. When ordering for an ecommerce operation, prediction is key, because you don’t want to delay orders nor do you want to be left with excess inventory.

According to Multichannel Merchant, if you’re expecting a big inventory delivery, plan in advance as much as you can. Make sure you have enough material handling equipment to properly receive the shipment and move the items to their designated spots in the warehouse. Map out where products will be, and have enough manpower to scan all inventory to properly track its shelf life. The news provider reports that big inventories can take a couple of days to count, so make sure to plan well in advance when you can have as many people on hand to help.

Smyth Retail reports that an inaccurate inventory count can have lasting effects, so planning in advance and having more people on-hand to help can not only make the process go faster, but it can also help boost accuracy.

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How often do you check on your equipment?

Do you do routine maintenance on your equipment?

Do you do routine maintenance on your equipment?

When you have a major warehouse operation, you need to have the pulse on so many factors. What does your inventory look like? Do you have enough manpower to keep the operation running smoothly? Is all of your material handling equipment in working order? These are all things you should be regularly checking within your operation to ensure you’re not caught off guard and are able to provide the best possible service to your customers and partners.

Modern Materials Handling suggests taking stock of the current state of your material handling equipment. Routine maintenance is critical for extending the shelf life of your equipment, but it can be common for the schedule to slip through the cracks. Instead, the news provider reports that technology is on the way to predict when your equipment needs routine maintenance, so you can be more prepared for any necessary repairs, making sure you still have a manageable fleet to continue operations.

It’s more cost effective to keep with maintenance, according to Manufacturing.net. However, you should be keeping track of how much maintenance costs and how frequently it happens. The news provider reports that once a piece is costing you more in regular maintenance, it’s time to replace it.

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E-commerce causes worker shortage to surge

It’s important to make sure your material handling equipment fleet is continuously maintained, as it can help keep your equipment in top condition and give it a longer shelf life. Having good equipment is critical for keeping operations running smoothly even with a drop in labor.

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

Improve efficiency to stay competitive.

According to Material Handling and Logistics, many logistics companies are struggling with the labor shortage at a time when e-commerce is causing operations to be busier than ever. The news provider reports that if trends continue, the forecast for warehouse labor is adding an additional 452,000 workers over the next year or so. However, the industry is already having a difficult time attracting skilled workers to the roles.

The news provider reports that in order to offset the major gap in demand and available skilled workers, companies are looking at equipment and other technologies to keep things running efficiently.

According to CheqRoom, it’s important to keep running details about your equipment and how it’s faring. The news provider reports that for every piece of equipment you have on your fleet, you should keep records of who uses it, how often it’s used and when and where it’s most utilized. This can help you determine when it might need work and help you forecast your next material handling equipment purchase.

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The world of pallets is changing with an evolving warehouse

How on top of your inventory management are you?

How on top of your inventory management are you?

Moving pallets makes it easier to transport bulk inventory, which is especially important in an effective material handling strategy. While this has been a practice that has lasted for ages, with companies investing in material handling equipment such as pallet jacks and dollies in order to move the pallets around.

However, trends indicate that pallets are changing as warehouse needs evolve with a changing economy. According to Modern Materials Handling, more companies are looking for pallets that are strong, durable and sustainable for their operations. The news provider reports that they’re being designed different in an effort to address the automation use in the warehouse, and more suppliers have been looking into different materials to address the sustainability concern.

According to Bizfluent, there are a lot of reasons warehouse managers turn to pallets for their material handling needs. The news provider reports that not only can you move bulk items seamlessly, but the design of pallets helps protect any of your inventory from getting damaged during the transportation process.

Additionally, because you’re able to store multiple small items at a time, you can increase your overall efficiency and have less items to keep track of in the inventory process.

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