Hiring top talent in the manufacturing industry remains competitive

Skilled workers are needed in material handling.

Skilled workers are needed in material handling.

Looking for top talent in the manufacturing sector? You’re not alone. There’s a labor shortage across the industry, with many organizations trying to recruit competitively for the scarce talented candidates. With retirement age and a disinterest in joining manufacturing, there remains a gap in the number of skilled workers who can use material handling equipment with ease and efficiency.

According to Manufacturing.net, in an effort to attract top talent, organizations need to be able to not only be proactive in recruitment, but need to be skilled in selling their operations as a whole. Potential employees need to know the value of joining the team, and how they would fall within the organization. Another way to ensure this is happening is to hire the right HR team that can be strategic when posting jobs, using the appropriate keywords that will attract potential applicants’ attention and being able to sift through candidates who can add the most value.

Supply Chain Dive reports that warehouses have not only been struggling with the lack of skilled workers able to fill the roles, but they’ve experienced even more demand due to the rise of e-commerce, making the gap even larger without reprieve.

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Keep storage totes in your material handling plan

Storage bins can help improve inventory processes.

Storage bins can help improve inventory processes.

Do you find you have a lot of smaller pieces of inventory that can make for a transportation nightmare? When trying to move a lot of items at once on material handling equipment, there’s always a risk that some could fall by the wayside in the middle of transporting. However, the right steps can make for a more seamless experience.

Modern Materials Handling reports totes and containers can be a great way to not only store smaller products, but also transport them for distribution and selling. The news provider reports that the use of reusable totes has grown, since it’s a means of lean management practices. Plus, getting stacking totes means you can fit more on your pallet jack, making it easier to transport a lot of inventory at once.

The benefit of using bins to store like items together means you can keep a more organized warehouse. According to the Small Business Chronicle, storage bins can be properly labeled and make it easier to find inventory. Additionally, if you have different color bins you can use them for specific areas of the warehouse and color-code it appropriately, so finding inventory becomes seamless and pulling multiple items at once is easy with the stacking method.

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Warehouse managers look to make their operations more efficient

Having enough space to move material handling equipment can help efficiency.

Having enough space to move material handling equipment can help efficiency.

In an effort to stay as competitive and efficient as possible, more warehouse managers are looking at operation costs and time and trying to figure out how to modernize the warehouse in any way. With more demand going to the warehouse and the increasing need to offer fast fulfillment times to customers.

However, sometimes it can be a facilities strain. Many warehouse operations are faced with a space issue, they’re looking up and trying to use as much vertical space as possible. Material Handling and Logistics reports that in an effort to optimize the warehouse operation, many are increasing their ceiling height. This isn’t a deterrent though, the news provider reports that due to better, more efficient lighting and equipment, it’s easy to find and select inventory from even the highest shelves.

Material handling equipment can be a great way to boost warehouse efficiency, as it allows people to move large inventory seamlessly. However, Multichannel Merchant reports that you need to make sure aisles are wide enough so you can move your pallet jacks and pull carts seamlessly through the aisles without getting stuck or having to do multiple angles. The news provider also reports assessing stacking height for more efficiency of your floor plan.

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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

How on top of your inventory management are you?

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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