Warehouse Management Systems Blog

The Blog at Warehouse Management Systems Guide is an open forum where software experts, users and buyers can interact. Topics range from detailed discussion of warehouse management software technology to the more off-beat, humorous or futuristic. We welcome comments from all of our visitors; moreover, we are always eager to hear from potential Guest Bloggers.

5 Strategies to Boost Your Warehouse Workforce’s Efficiency

by Michael Koploy 3/24/2013,  1 Comment
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In a survey conducted by Intermec at the end of last year, it was reported that mid-sized warehouses lose approximately 3,000 hours a year due to workforce inefficiencies. In this article, I cover five strategies to help eliminate common issues that lead to reduced efficiency within the warehouse workforce.

9 Warehouse Retrofits to Go Green and Reduce Energy Consumption

by Michael Koploy 3/12/2012,  1 Comment
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Green, ecologically-minded warehouse retrofits can reduce a facility’s carbon footprint, increase its value and lower energy costs. But how can a warehouse be renovated to become greener with only a modest investment? Here are nine great warehouse retrofit suggestions that won’t break the bank.

Top 5 Fastest-Growing Jobs in Logistics

by Michael Koploy 2/14/2012,  2 Comments
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According to Wanted Analytics, over 49,000 supply chain jobs were posted online in the last three months alone, up 24 percent from the same period last year. Additionally, these positions have become increasingly strategic. In this article, I look at which jobs are in high demand, and what skills are necessary for success in those roles.

Three Steps to Justifying a WMS Budget

by Luciano Cunha 12/19/2011,  No Comments
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Warehouse inventory management software is critical to maintaining order and streamlining processes throughout the supply chain. But obtaining a budget for warehouse systems can be difficult. To help ensure you can effectively justify a warehouse software budget, here are three steps follow.

Today’s Supply Chain Secret Sauce: More Visibility, Fewer Silos

by Michael Koploy 11/16/2011,  3 Comments

A May 2011 study by Capgemini found that improving supply chain visibility was the top initiative for executives, with 45 percent of respondents putting it at the top of their lists. By creating more transparency throughout the supply chain, managers can prioritize where to invest in network improvements.

What Does Social Media Mean to Your Supply Chain?

by Luciano Cunha 4/27/2011,  5 Comments

Social media is a powerful tool that can help develop the retail notion of the “Connected Experience.” it allows customers and retailers to connect in both new and powerful ways, at an alarming rate. Can this tool be used to decipher what customers really want to buy, and can it help make the supply chain more efficient?

2011 Market Trends Report: Warehouse Management Programs

by Michael Koploy 2/9/2011,  2 Comments
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In our latest WMS Market Trends Report, we report on eight key trends taking shape in 2011. Small and medium business (SMB) demand is up; RFID adoption is down; and cloud adoption is stagnant. Check out our full report to learn more about the factors behind these trends and others.

Where’s My !*#@$% Beer?

by Stephen Jannise 11/10/2010,  No Comments

From time to time we like to write about the lite’r side of the distribution industry. In this case, we’re talking about lite beer. There’s a reason you can find Miller Lite in nearly any bar across America; they have a sophisticated supply chain. Here we take a look at the traditional model of beer distribution.

Does Going Green Matter? – Lessons from 5 Eco-Friendly Supply Chains

by Stephen Jannise 11/10/2010,  No Comments

Do customers care if a company “greens” its supply chain? 90% of our poll respondents said they would change purchase habits based on greener supply chains. So here we present lessons from five companies with eco friendly supply chains. These brands are having great success, not in spite of a greener supply chain but because of it.

How Food Recalls Work – A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Distribution Technology

by Stephen Jannise 11/10/2010,  No Comments

In August of 2010, two major Iowa farms distributed contaminated eggs across several states. As reports of salmonella poisoning began making headlines, customers began returning eggs in droves. How did retailers, distributors and food suppliers all coordinate their efforts to deal with the mess? Here we take a look at the technology behind food recalls.