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LANGHAM LOGISTICS partners with forward-thinking companies to provide comprehensive supply chain management solutions that save time and money. We don’t rely on off-the-shelf solutions; rather we utilize our proven processes and systems and tailor them to meet the exact needs of our clients’ company, industry, and business objectives.
How can you be sure your warehouse is working at maximum efficiency? While it’s always the goal, few of us get there. The more efficient your warehouse works, the greater your gains in productivity and profit. Here are a few common-sense tips to improve efficiency.
While keeping accurate product inventory is critical in warehousing and distribution, many companies don’t take inventory of their processes. This is one of the best ways to discover efficiencies and cost savings.
Think about it. Have you moved to a new space or started handling different types of products? To find out how to do things more efficiently, you’ll need to do a thorough analysis of:
Once you’ve done this analysis, move to focusing on the factors you can change to create greater efficiency.
By making a few small adjustments, you can greatly increase efficiency. Here are a few areas you may want to start with.
Are aisles too narrow for equipment, or are they so wide that they result in wasted space? Consider rearranging space for maximization or purchasing narrow aisle forklift equipment designed to maneuver well in tight spaces.
Are you losing valuable vertical space? Maybe your facility has 32-foot ceilings, but half of that space isn’t being utilized because your equipment doesn’t reach it. Consider buying equipment that could reach this space or adding an additional level to your facility.
Are you minimizing the wear and tear on your workers? Be sure to employ ergonomic solutions that reduce injuries in the workplace and promote productivity. These include things like lift tables, hand trucks, overhead cranes, scissor lifts, and pallet positioners.
Can you reduce the number of touches products go through once they enter the warehouse? Reducing that number is an uncomplicated way to increase efficiency. Trace your product and see where new systems could create a smoother and speedier workflow.
Automating certain functions is another way to boost efficiency and reduce touches. Consider looking at innovative technologies to help you manage your workflow. For example, logistics management software can give you transparency in stock management and inventory control. Check out robotic picking, like the Swisslog Automated Picking System, or Alibaba’s smart warehouse.
The practice of conducting an internal efficiency audit will yield insights that will enable you to work smarter and more productively. If you are looking to partner with a company that has a commitment to increasing efficiency, Langham Logistics is a smart choice to handle your 3PL needs.
As e-commerce continues its meteoric rise, more and more companies need to significantly increase their logistics performance. How can that impact your business? For businesses that want to grow their position in the supply chain, understanding key trends in logistics is critical to success. Here are a few to watch for in 2018.
While people talk about automation and digitalization as though they are magic pills, it’s’ not as simple as buying the latest PC for employees, adding a tracking feature, installing corporate software or extending corporate website functionality. Companies need to follow trends in electronic logistics and implement emerging technologies before their competitors do.
Companies should use Big Data to make their services faster and more convenient.
Some of today’s latest trends include:
Managers also need to be sure their teams are well-educated in all the technologies being implemented in the company for maximum efficiency.
Everything from drones to self-driving transports are being considered for delivery. While this may not yet be practical for smaller companies; larger companies like Amazon are pursuing more futuristic delivery models. Keep an eye on these new methods as they will become the norm faster than anticipated.
What client doesn’t like to get exclusive offers that seem to be designed especially for them? That is just the first step in the personal approach now being used to attract and keep more clients.
In order to improve communication with clients, companies should consider the following to enhance the client experience:
By staying ahead of the trends, companies not only keep their competitive edge but develop stronger customer relationships which encourage brand loyalty.
When we think cold chain, we most often think of food. However, as the pharmaceutical industry continues its consistent growth, there are more and more drugs being produced which require cold chain services with multi-touchpoints to ensure viability and safety. (more…)
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