December 11, 2017

The Road to Automation

You get into work a little late, it happens, but you had to get that fancy coffee.  You plop down at the same old desk: family photos, cat calendar, black computer screen.  Today, you don’t reach out for the power button on the monitor, but lean back, prop your legs up, and take a long satisfying sip.  Maybe years ago you would have been frantic to organize the morning activities, review the inbound orders, load balance your pickers, print your paperwork, and round up the team.  Your mornings are much less frantic now, because you know that your software has already imported the EDI orders from overnight and organized your morning shipments into batches.   The picking tickets are sitting in the printer tray, the tablets […]
November 28, 2017

Are You Managing the Project or Is the Project Managing You?

In the early stages of a startup business things can get crazy with everyone wearing multiple hats.  There is a “just get ‘er done…” culture.  But as the business grows, formal processes need to be developed and smart businesses look for systems that can help support their growth. In a 3PL operation, Business Management Solution (BMS) is the term given to a software application that often provides at least 2 key components, a Warehouse Management System, and an Accounting System. A WMS is important to manage inventory, process receipt and shipment orders and provides data for billing purposes. The accounting system handles the entire company accounting from AR/AP, Financial Reporting and Bank Account management. The implementation of a BMS, or each of the sub-components can […]
November 21, 2017

A Checklist for Your Next Warehouse Operations Meeting

Love ’em or hate ’em, we all agree that meetings are a necessary part of doing business.  In addition to getting a shared understanding on subjects, meetings also allow for productive idea generation, team collaboration and task assignments. The good news is that meetings can be more productive, fun and highly effective if you follow a few simple guidelines. Below is a list of best practices to follow during your meeting setup. Give them a look and try out the checklist for your next meeting. Purpose Is the meeting necessary? If the meeting didn’t happen, would the business suffer? Would anyone even notice? Many meetings start out as a good idea, but when times change and the meeting is no longer necessary, nobody kills the […]
November 1, 2017

The 5 Most Important Words in 3PL Warehousing

To an outsider, 3PL warehousing may seem like a fairly simple business.  You have stuff stored in a building.  Someone tells you to ship some of the stuff, which you do in a merrily way. Then you get more stuff and put it away temporarily until someone asks you to ship that stuff.  Easy!  Well there’s obviously a lot more to it.  We’ve prioritized 5 areas that we think should be part of every successful 3PL warehouse.  No, you do not have to take a vocabulary test on these but they should be an integral part of your business.