If you’re a 3PL warehouse, you’re in the business of accurately moving inventory AND data. To be successful, you have to be equally proficient in receiving, storing and shipping physical products as well as managing the mountain of information related to that inventory. Some 3PLs struggle along using spreadsheets and manual processes. But that’s like being a professional auto mechanic using a toolbox you got for your 10th birthday. The process of evaluating and selecting a warehouse management system (WMS) can be a daunting task. Where do you find providers? What information do you need? How do you compare systems? What features are important? What other non-product factors are important when selecting the right system and provider? The checklist below can be a good reference […]
Background: Winchester Cold Storage provides food grade freezer and temperature controlled storage solutions. At one point in history the company was the “Largest Apple Storage in the World!” As such, the company’s facilities provide an unusually large capacity of controlled atmosphere storage where temperature, humidity, oxygen and other room conditions can be monitored and controlled. The Challenge: Accuracy and automation in the receiving operations was looking for improvements. Winchester’s accuracy numbers were excellent at 99.8%. However there is always room for improvement. The inaccuracies occurred when shipping 5, 10, 20 cases to customers that usually received full pallets. Winchester often had a smaller order come down the line intended to be case-picked but ended up getting shipped as a full skid instead. Winchester needed the ability to verify the […]
Geoff Greenhill, Camelot 3PL Software Sales Manager and Tyler Overcash, Camelot 3PL Software Development Manager discuss the evolution of the Camelot software platform and the opportunities and challenges of rapidly changing technology. The discussion touches on the benefits of partnering with Microsoft and leveraging their development R&D and expertise. Using the Dynamics NAV platform as the base system allows Camelot to focus on functionality for 3PL warehouses and lean on Microsoft for things such as interoperability, database integrity and hosting competencies. Tyler explains how cloud computing is changing all industries including 3PL warehousing by adding scalability, flexibility and decentralization of information. The winners will be those companies that take advantage of established, proven technologies and adapt those technologies for their niche.
When searching for a software solution, whether it is to run an entire business, or just fill a single functional need, one must decide whether to search for a commercial off-the-shelf-software (COTS) solution, or use programming services for custom, one-off development. COTS, also referred to as package software, is the more traditional and popular mindset. If you need a word processor, would you build one from scratch, or go find an existing software that meets your needs? Package software will beat out one-off development in nearly every category: price, stability and upgradability. The biggest advantages that one-off development has over packaged software are the speed of application development and degree of customization. But customizations to a software package has trade-offs such as price and future […]
I’m sure we all heard about the latest news out of Atlanta this past weekend. There was a power outage that lasted close to 12 hours that shut down airport operations and forced an evacuation to clear out the congestion. Travelers were left stranded with no power, no food, and no information from anyone. So you might be thinking, “Why was there no backup power and why did everyone working at the airport seem so unprepared to handle this situation?” The situation occurred because a Georgia Power Substation had a fire that knocked out power in the airport. The smoke and fumes were so powerful that it took crews hours before they could even reach the site to begin making repairs. The fire apparently was […]
Background: Colorado Distribution Group in Denver, Colorado provides small parcel fulfillment services for many of their clients. The products range from police and military clothing to snow and ski recreation equipment. The Challenge: CDG’s main goal is to improve accuracy in packing high-volumes of orders and reduce unnecessary labor efforts for printing labels and shipping documentation. The process for picking and packing orders requires at least 3 warehouse operation staff members per shift.