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September 2018 Safety Quiz

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. 

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Small Companies Face Big Fulfillment Challenges This Holiday Season

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. 


Three (3) Quick Tips on Issue Resolution

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.

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September Maintenance Safety Topics

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. 

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September Pre-Shift Safety Calendar

Thousands of workers are injured on the job every year across the country. Although some injuries can be very serious and life-threatening, others are not as critical and require less attention. From developing carpal tunnel because of too much time typing to injuring a hand while working on the line of a plant floor, injuries can occur in any given work environment and can affect any worker. Reducing the occurrence of injuries is the main objective of Verst Logistics.

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5 Strategies to Solve Demand Planning Problems

In order for companies to improve how they respond to and manage demand, these companies must ensure that their forecasting, demand sensing and shaping, planning, and fulfillment capabilities are organized and coordinated to counter the shift in today's market demand.
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Seven (7) Ways to Boost Warehouse Productivity

Warehouse efficiency. Each warehousing operation on earth might want to be more profitable and productive, however very few really contribute the time to stop, retool and get it going. Luckily, there are little things that pretty much every warehouse can perform at this very moment to support profitability without significant ventures of time or excess capital spend.

Boost Warehouse Productivity

Our managers of our distribution have discovered these 7 improvements were vital to boosting profitability and productivity in our warehouse operations. Essentially, these improvements are generally easy to execute as long as you have support from your group.

Utilize your WMS to lessen workers' steps. Retool the activity to expand the efficiency of the entryways we were transporting and accepting out of most. We utilized our warehouse management system (WMS) to look at the stock levels related with every entryway (i.e., every client), and revised our format to put the tasks of the most astounding performing clients closer to getting zones. This diminished the movement time to and from the accepting regions and conveyed our proficiency back decent.

Optimize the use of your YMS. A yard management system (YMS) can be costly, just like a WMS, but will balance the expenses out if utilized correctly. For instance, if your yard is a jumbled mess of lots and locations, a YMS can efficiently divide up your campus into zones and allocate certain carriers to load/unload in a specific area. The YMS will coordinate our yard jockeys to the nearest trailer areas, taking out wild goose chases and enhancing the general flow of the yard.

Declutter your warehouse. This is a statement that is sometimes said easier than it is actually done. While you declutter and maximize the space of your warehouse, you will find much more efficient ways to utilize the space, especially in labor-intensive loads. Moving freight around will allow you to find space and utilize an area where warehouse associates can fill loads, breakdown loads, and make pallets in traffic-free zones.

Prioritize safety. As you declutter your warehouse and maximize efficiency, you must next make a safer warehouse. For example, keeping traffic mainly to the perimeter of the building and eliminating blind corners will greatly improve forklift and worker safety. By doing things like this, you will also free up space as well. 

Maintain your equipment. As you may know, your equipment is vital to warehouse productivity. If one single piece of equipment is out - a forklift, warehouse barcode scanner, etc. - it may affect your ability to get orders out on time. In order to prevent this type of situation from happening, it is important to train associates, managers, and operators on the maintenance and care of all our equipment and to perform routine checks to make sure equipment is operationally sound. 

DO NOT rush training. A new hire can be a risk to their own safety and others' while also being inefficient. Do not allow new hires to work alone until you can establish a trust by the management team in their capacities to handle equipment or capabilities in the warehouse. Before, during, and after training, it is important to assign the trainee to a mentor that directly supervises their actions at work, and can be their direct go-to for guidance and direction.

Anticipate staffing requirements. Try to remain in front of the distribution center workforce needs in order to bring in staff before the need for them becomes urgent, and to perform cuts as far in advance as possible.

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Keeping it Safe with Dock Doors

Have you ever incurred damage to your warehouse roll-up door because of a truck or forklift?

A cost of warehouse operations and maintenance that is often overlooked is damage caused by vehicular traffic to the warehouse dock doors. The capital spent on the repairs can quickly add up and result in losses in productivity of your warehouse.

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Hydration – for Safety AND Productivity

The summer heat can make workers sizzle, particularly when their workplace is highly exposed to the outdoor environment. Think of construction workers, farmers, postal workers  and people in various transportation jobs, and  the need for good hydration is obvious. However, heat can penetrate even the most state-of-the- art fulfillment centers, manufacturing facilities and warehouses as well. Even employees in well air-conditioned offices can exhibit the effects of dehydration.

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Battery Inspection Safety Tips

Make sure you do a good visual inspection.  If you see copper wiring cut or frayed wires, disconnect the power and report to maintenance immediately.  See below:

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