White Papers

Enhancing Productivity through Safety Enhancing Productivity through Safety

Employees face more pressure than ever to meet productivity goals in today's fast-turn, customer satisfaction-driven economy.

With tight fulfillment deadlines, complicated picks and throughput-based incentives at the forefront, safety procedures can become an afterthought. According to OSHA, occupational injuries and illnesses cost businesses $170 billion per year, taking a bite out of profits.

However, workplaces with safety and health management initiatives can reduce these costs by 20-40 percent.

How can you improve safety in your operation?

Download the white paper to learn more


Presented by: Yale
Date: June 2017
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Positioning Your Order Picking Team For Success Positioning Your Order Picking Team For Success

When it comes to warehouse and distribution employees, more organizations are deploying ergonomically designed automation systems. These ergonomic solutions help workers complete picking and order fulfillment tasks while simultaneously eliminating the risk of injury. In addition to enhancing safety, the devices can boost productivity and reduce a variety of costs – positioning both workers and companies for operational success.

This white paper reviews the costs of injuries associated with overexertion, and explores three ways automated storage systems improve worker ergonomics and productivity. It also shares an overview of two different operations that implemented such a system and their results.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: September 2016
Kardex Remstar

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Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light

Consumers want their goods ordered online and delivered quickly, and they expect an easy way to return items. That's causing a great disturbance in the Force of traditional distribution operations. Any delay in getting their money back prevents consumers from spending it again — and retailers want this money to be re-spent with them. With return rates as high as 50 percent, businesses need to avoid additional costs to handle products customers return to the distribution center. In our new white paper, "Returns: The Dark Side of E-commerce. And How to Find the Light," learn five ways to ensure your returns management processes keep customers happy and meet your business needs.


Presented by: FORTE
Date: August 2016
FORTE

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24 Ways to Extend Voice in the Warehouse 24 Ways to Extend Voice in the Warehouse

Vocollect solutions are attractive because payback is typically 9-12 months and mobile workers appreciate being equipped to succeed in their job, boosting worker retention.

Perhaps you are considering Voice to streamline order fulfillment tasks. Why not further leverage this investment and see how Voice could affect productivity across other workflows such as cycle-counting and replenishment?

Find out about the many performance benefits of Voice and extend the power of Vocollect to optimize your warehouse operations.


Presented by: Vitech
Date: April 2016
Vitech

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Connecting Islands of Automation Connecting Islands of Automation

Through customer examples, this white paper will examine how AS/RS solutions function within a connected fulfillment process. More specifically, learn how solutions enable:

  • Rapid processing and picking of next-day shipments, while still being able to closely monitor and add to shipments while they are in progress.
  • Coordinating picking with host WMS or ERP systems so that picking from AS/RS can be consolidated with manually picked items from other zones.
  • Integration with order requirements from host ERP or WMS systems to support batch or zone picking.

Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: April 2016
Kardex Remstar

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Optimizing E-commerce Returns With Automated Storage Systems Optimizing E-commerce Returns With Automated Storage Systems

Shopping online has been embraced in a big way. Actually, "big" might be considered an understatement. Yet with all those parcels arriving in the mailbox or on the doorstep of consumers, there are bound to be some returns. After all, unless a shopper is buying an item already seen in person elsewhere, e-commerce purchases are highly dependent on images and text that describes a product – whether generated by the online merchant or reviewers who have experienced it.

This white paper examines how the deployment of affordable, flexible automated storage and retrieval systems can simplify reverse logistics processing. Through the implementation of such a system, returns can be handled as another form of inbound shipping through efficient routing and restocking items to minimize inventory costs, labor requirements and space demands.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: February 2016
Kardex Remstar

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VARGO: Dedicated Omnichannel Fulfillment Centers VARGO: Dedicated Omnichannel Fulfillment Centers

Omnichannel fulfillment centers — using one inventory, one engine and one workforce — are transforming how distribution centers will operate. The days of having dedicated distributions is behind us.


Presented by: VARGO
Date: September 2015
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Obtaining the Right Mix of Rugged and Consumer Mobility Obtaining the Right Mix of Rugged and Consumer Mobility

Discover how companies are approaching the "device dilemma."

Read this white paperand find out, as we explore the results of a 2015 Supply Chain Services research study of the DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly readerships about the future of rugged and consumer-grade mobile computers.

Read this white paper and learn about:

  • Criteria for selection of mobile technology
  • Where rugged and consumer-grade devices are most prevalent
  • The trend for a BYOD, employee-owned mobility strategy
  • The satisfaction and lifecycle of mobile technology
  • Where investments will be made in mobile computing
  • How data security is impacting technology adoption

Presented by: Supply Chain Services
Date: July 2015
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Defining the Perfect Order Defining the Perfect Order

Distributors are grappling with razor-thin margins and an increasingly picky customer, and manufacturers are focused on improving efficiencies and process flow in a way that reduces repacks and mispicks that can disrupt their entire processes.

In this white paper, we'll explore the concept of the perfect order, review factors that can help determine what the perfect order might be for your facility, share strategies companies are using to attain the perfect order, and provide solutions that allow companies to increase order accuracy without having to make the cost and time investment that's typically associated with reaching perfect order status.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: April 2015
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How DIM pricing affects the DC How DIM pricing affects the DC

With dimensional weight (DIM) pricing now in effect for packages less than three cubic feet, fulfillment operations face new challenges to keep shipping costs low while maintaining efficient, high-throughput distribution.

As operations introduce various strategies to cope with DIM pricing, they must account for the capabilities of automated systems in order to avoid issues that derail fulfillment.

  • Can your existing automated equipment handle polybags?
  • What software can help you select the most efficient carrier and packaging type?
  • Do your scanning systems accommodate irregular surfaces and shapes?

Download this complimentary white paper from Intelligrated to answer these questions and more.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: February 2015
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The Other Half of your Net Landed Cost of Goods The Other Half of your Net Landed Cost of Goods

Eyefreight, a provider of SaaS TMS technology, has helped numerous brands across the globe optimize their distribution processes. The case studies included in this white paper show Eyefreight's flexibility to adapt to the unique needs of shippers with complex distribution scenarios to reduce their net landed cost of goods and positively impact the bottom line, to the tune of double digit reductions in transport costs, increased perfect customer orders, radical decreases in planning teams' workloads, and significant reductions in CoD, including reductions in transportation costs, distanced traveled and carbon footprint.


Presented by: Eyefreight
Date: November 2014
Eyefreight

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Ideal Applications for Cameras in Retail Distribution Centers Ideal Applications for Cameras in Retail Distribution Centers

When deployed strategically within a facility, this image-based data capture technology offers benefits beyond its ability to read 1D and 2D codes. Download the white paper to learn the points within a retail DC where cameras offer the greatest benefits and maximum ROI.


Presented by: SICK
Date: October 2014
SICK

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Introducing the Fulfillment Execution System Introducing the Fulfillment Execution System

The rise of e-commerce and growing adoption of automation to solve order fulfillment labor, speed and accuracy challenges drives the need for a real-time fulfillment execution system software model. Fulfillment execution systems offer real-time adaptive workflow for optimized omnichannel fulfillment and unprecedented efficiency and accuracy.

Download this complimentary white paper to learn more about this real-time fulfillment execution software model and how it compares to conventional warehouse management systems.


Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: September 2014
Intelligrated

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Teachable Moments: A New Supply Chain for a Changing Industry Teachable Moments: A New Supply Chain for a Changing Industry

In this whitepaper, a top global publisher must change how they operate—and think about—their supply chain due to fluctuating and unpredictable inventory shifts.

To create a new and viable business model, the company had to address four essential goals with a 3PL: Mitigating Risk, Transferring Assets, Establishing a Variable Pricing Model and Building a Flexible Platform. Read more on how GENCO shifted risk and responsibility away from this publisher in a changing industry.


Presented by: GENCO
Date: August 2014
GENCO

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Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers Designing an Automated, Omni-Channel Fulfillment Center: Key Considerations for Multi-Channel Retailers

Traditionally, retailers have used three separate distribution facilities to meet the needs of three different sales channels: one each for brick-and-mortar retail store replenishment, wholesale bulk shipments to other resellers, and small parcel e-commerce fulfillment to individual customers. "The advantage to this approach is to allow internal processes in each facility to be more focused and easier to control. The disadvantages are obvious: redundant infrastructure, excessive inventory and high overhead – all resulting in high costs."

The challenge for multi-channel retailers, therefore, is how best to consolidate two or more of these different facilities into a single omni-channel distribution center. To do so successfully requires a considerable investment in automated material handling systems. This white paper addresses some of the areas a retail corporation should consider when evaluating such a project.


Presented by: Vanderlande
Date: July 2014
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The Future of Warehousing 2018 The Future of Warehousing 2018
From cost center to growth center. Get insightful opinions on changes in the marketplace from this independent survey of warehouse personnel. Motorola Solutions examined the current warehousing marketplace in our 2013 Warehouse Vision Report, conducted April-May of 2013. The survey asked warehouse IT and operational personnel in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and third party logistics (3PL) market segments to share their thoughts and plans for addressing the new industry realities over the next five years.
Presented by: Motorola
Date: July 2014
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Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick Calculating the True Cost of a Mispick

Picking involves much more than grabbing an item off a static storage rack or shelf. In the typical manual distribution center, picking means an operator receives a paper list of instructions about what to pick and where, travels to the correct storage location, locates the correct item within the storage location, refers to the paper pick list to determine the number of items required from that pick face, picks the items, confirms the pick by marking the paper, then delivers the items for packing.

While most operations understand mistakes will happen, very few have taken the time to calculate the true cost of those mispicks, and how they impact the bottom line. This white paper outlines a calculation for estimating the true cost of mispicks in order fulfillment to an operation. It also presents technology solutions to improve pick accuracy, and shares a calculation for determining the savings they can deliver.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: July 2014
Kardex Remstar

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