White Papers

Meeting the Demand For Faster Order Fulfillment Meeting the Demand For Faster Order Fulfillment

This white paper will outline the use of automated, software-driven picking technologies such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules for inventory picking. These automated picking technologies can slash fulfillment times, labor needs and warehouse footprint requirements, while vastly improving throughput and worker productivity. This supports same-day and next-day delivery objectives and boots customer satisfaction.


Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: March 2014
Kardex Remstar

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Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Retail Distribution Center Application Selecting the Correct Automatic Identification & Data Collection Technologies for your Retail Distribution Center Application
Have camera/image-based code readers replaced traditional laser scanners? Has RFID's day finally come? Learn how to better understand the potential benefits and limitations of each of these technologies to determine the best, most cost-effective investment for your applications.
Presented by: SICK
Date: January 2014
SICK

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Optimizing Distribution Networks for a Competitive Advantage Optimizing Distribution Networks for a Competitive Advantage
Today, more and more companies are finding value in optimizing their distribution network. By taking a strategic approach to network configuration, they are improving service levels, better managing their inventory and reducing transportation costs. Less demanding in terms of infrastructure, systems, cost, and time than full-scale supply chain optimization, this targeted approach delivers remarkable results. Download this new report for a closer look at how distribution network configuration can impact supply chain effectiveness.
Presented by: Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Date: January 2014
Saddle Creek Logistics Services

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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: January 2014
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Creating Successful Order Picking & Fulfillment Systems Creating Successful Order Picking & Fulfillment Systems

This white paper details some of the steps, processes, procedures and equipment required to improving order picking and fulfillment operations in new and existing operations and setting benchmark levels. The paper also includes a high level material handling and systems equipment analysis to help determine the best match for an organizations specific need.

Does your order picking operations need to:

  • Reduce Floor Space by 85%
  • Eliminate 2/3 of Your Labor
  • Increase Accuracy Levels to 99.99%+
  • Extending Order Cut-Off Times
  • Nine to 18 Month ROI

Presented by: Integrated Systems Design
Date: October 2013
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Inventory Optimization Inventory Optimization
Cutting-edge demand classification technology integrated with network optimization and simulation enable cost reduction and increased inventory availability. Finding the balance between overstocks and lost sales is necessary for operational growth and health.
Presented by: Llamasoft
Date: September 2013
Llamasoft

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Look (Closely) Before You Leap Look (Closely) Before You Leap

Turning over distribution/fulfillment to a 3PL may or may not be the right move

Third party logistics companies have become an important part of today's supply chain. They have grown as their clients decided to become leaner, conserve capital, and focus on core business strengths and processes. On the other hand, many enterprises view distribution/fulfillment as a strategic tool driving their business models. For them, the supply chain is much more than a transactional process, it is a competitive weapon. And so, the question becomes: Outsource distribution to a 3PL or fulfill from within through a wholly owned distribution center? There is no simple answer to this conundrum. There are myriad factors to consider and subtle issues to analyze that can be best addressed with the assistance of a deeply experienced supply chain consultant.


Presented by: FORTE
Date: August 2013
FORTE

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The value of OEM genuine parts vs. the cost of generic parts The value of OEM genuine parts vs. the cost of generic parts

What if you were able to avoid expensive and stressful system failure, simply by altering the parts you purchase? In this white paper, we'll examine the benefits of using genuine OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement parts over generic "knockoffs," including:

  • Lower lifecycle costs of equipment
  • Functionality
  • Reliable performance
  • Adherence to warranties
  • Planned maintenance
  • Increased overall safety
  • Reduced downtime

Presented by: Intelligrated
Date: August 2013
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Omni-Channel and Beyond: 9 Strategies for Retail Supply Chain Design Omni-Channel and Beyond: 9 Strategies for Retail Supply Chain Design

This white paper will examine nine supply chain design strategies used by the world's leading retailers to achieve maximum profitability, including real-world examples and results.


Presented by: Llamasoft
Date: August 2013
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Six Steps To Optimized Order Fulfillment Six Steps To Optimized Order Fulfillment

With warehouses filled with pallets, cases and pieces, filling orders can often be the most labor-intensive and costly activity for almost every warehouse. That's because the time it takes a picker to walk to the stored SKU, select the required items, and transport them to the point of shipping can account for over half of a facility's labor activities.

To reduce this time—and cost—distributors are looking for ways to improve or optimize the order fulfillment process.

This white paper proposes six steps designed to help warehouse and distribution center managers establish the foundation of an optimized order fulfillment system that enhances both productivity and accuracy. The six steps include:

  1. Classify inventory
  2. Match inventory to storage technology
  3. Automate to reduce cost
  4. Slot inventory within the storage technology
  5. Map processes and workflow to maximize throughput and reduce labor
  6. Integrate business systems to maximize visibility

Presented by: Kardex Remstar
Date: August 2013
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Labor Productivity: The ROI of Doing It Right! Labor Productivity: The ROI of Doing It Right!

Even if you're a top performing company, cost pressures are still top of mind. That's why best-in-class companies use modern labor management practices and technology to reign in costs, optimize the movement of inventory, and ultimately drive better business results.

Real benefits include:

  • Top-line sales increases of 1-3 percent
  • Pirated hour decreases of 1-2 percent
  • Productivity increases of 10-35 percent
  • Utilization increases of 10-45 percent
  • Quality improvements of 3-11 percent
  • Involuntary turnover decreases of 10-25 percent
  • Labor cost decreases of 10-35 percent

Presented by: JDA
Date: August 2013
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Gartner, Inc. Named FORTE Gartner, Inc. Named FORTE "Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Services, 2013"

According to the Gartner, Inc. report, "These Cool Vendors illustrate the emerging delivery models and services in supply chain management." Some of the valuable key findings and recommendations from Gartner include:

  • Directors and vice presidents responsible for high-volume distribution operations need to select a service provider that has engineering and project management expertise before redesigning, building or retrofitting warehouse operations.
  • Optimizing the flow of goods through high-velocity retail and manufacturing distribution operations requires expertise spanning warehouse design, material-handling equipment and warehouse control systems. Traditional supply chain consultants don't have this expertise.
  • Increasing pressure by retailers requiring high service levels, combined with more frequent shipments and smaller quantities, is causing manufacturers to seek unique solutions to address efficiencies while increasing shipment frequency.

Presented by: FORTE
Date: June 2013
FORTE

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Top 10 Losing Warehouse Strategies – and How to Avoid Them Top 10 Losing Warehouse Strategies – and How to Avoid Them

Old habits can be hard to break, but when it comes to improving your warehouse management operations, you'll reap big rewards if you lose these 10 outdated practices and strategies and adopt new ones that take advantage of the latest advances in mobile technology. Wins for your organization include better real-time material and inventory visibility, connectivity, and control; improved decision making and accountability; competitive differentiation and stronger customer loyalty; faster response times to customer demands; and higher profitability.


Presented by: Motorola
Date: May 2013
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Determining The Right Lift Truck Navigation System For Your Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Warehouse Determining The Right Lift Truck Navigation System For Your Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Warehouse

Today's pressures on warehouse managers are endless – to increase productivity, improve picking accuracy and drive down costs. Many businesses are faced with finding new ways to overcome these challenges in their daily operations.

This white paper will review lift truck navigation technologies that are available today and the impact they have on very narrow aisle warehouse operations. It will also identify key factors for warehouse managers to consider when evaluating systems for their specific application.

Download this Warehouse Navigation System white paper to learn about lift truck navigation options and determine the right fit for your application.


Presented by: Jungheinrich
Date: April 2013
Jungheinrich

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