Most businesses have lots of areas to improve in, especially in their warehouses, but if you don't upgrade and streamline business operations sooner rather than later, the outlook for your business is not efficient. Some of the effects of not streamlining operations results in bad habits, counterproductive practices, and a high cost of inventory.
Outsourcing has become a more common method for many businesses to store products and transport materials from suppliers and manufacturers to their end destination, and third-party logistics (3PL) companies have helped streamline the process. But what happens when your products become damaged, lost, or stolen?
Truck drivers keep America moving. Without the men and women drivers here at Verst Logistics, we would not be able to expand and grow our business.
Why does it matter?
The growth of eCommerce fuels the growth of newer technologies, especially with robotics that makes order fulfillment much more cost-effecient and more accurate. But just because everything is shifting towards automation does not mean that the number of jobs are going anywhere.
The surge in e-commerce has required the rapid build-out of a vast network of warehouses and delivery systems that include both robots and human workers. The robots didn't take jobs from people, because many of the jobs didn't exist before.
"We're not looking to do the same work with half the people," said Rick Zumpano, vice president for distribution at Boxed. "Since we're growing, we need everyone."
In the September 2017 issue of PPI titled "How eCommerce Creates Jobs and Reduces Income Inequality", Michael Mandel states that "we estimate that eCommerce jobs in fulfillment centers and eCommerce companies rose by 400,000 from December 2007 to June 2017, substantially exceeding the 140,000 decline of brick-and-mortar retail jobs.
In this issue, Mandel continues to say, "based on a county-by-county analysis, we estimate that fulfillment center jobs pay 31% more than brick-and-mortar retail jobs in the same area."
Workplace safety starts with individuals being responsible, proactive and having keen awareness of the potential dangers in the work environment. Each month, we provide managers and supervisors a safety calendar and weekly quizzes to discuss with employees in their pre-shift exercises. This practice has allowed us to dramatically reduce the number of workplace injuries over the years. Please feel free to share this post with others.
In our daily work, we talk to a lot of small and mid-sized companies about fulfillment. These days, it’s not unusual for the conversation to turn to Amazon.
Quality issues can arise at any time in the supply chain and production process. Catching quality issues as early as possible in the supply chain are critical because costs of unresolved supplier quality issues can be devastating if they are discovered after a product has been introduced to the market. Therefore, in order for the supply chain to manage quality-related costs and risks, it is crucial to identify quality issues as early as possible.
Increase your expertise in keeping your workers and facilities safe with our Facility Maintenance Safety Calendar. Whether you’re involved in overseeing facilities dealing with warehousing, packaging, or fulfillment , or all three, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to keep your equipment, workers, and warehouses running in top condition. By following this safety calendar, you will see the differences these topics make in your workers' safety levels and the number of workplace injuries will certainly decrease.