The Future Of Parcel Delivery

It's enough to make your skin turn green and your bottom half sport a considerably tighter pair of trousers. Everyone knows exactly what it’s like to stay at home waiting for a parcel delivery or an engineer to turn up, and with a designated date and a window of up to four hours, the decision is often made to take a day off work. So you wait in all day to find the item either turns up at the 11th...

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Vanilla Should Be Your Favourite WMS Flavour

The majority of medium to large Warehouse Management systems (WMS) have been around for quite some time now in a variety of guises. There may have been multiple upgrades including major platform revisions, but the logic that drives specific processes is likely to have been based on that from the original design. In this article we will be exploring a number of key areas: Where it all goes wrong Understanding the need for change There are modification and Modifications! During...

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The Warehouse System as a tool

We’ve all heard of the expression about “the tail wagging the dog” and have been repeatedly told that, when investing in new IT systems such as warehouse management systems or in warehouse automation, the system should serve the business, and not the other way around! The question we should be asking though is - Is that really the right approach or is there another more balanced way of thinking that can offer new opportunities and insights? At The Logistics Business...

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However good your Warehouse Labour Management – You can always do better

Labour management in warehouses is an essential tool enabling the manager to monitor one of the main resources available to him. Variability of work load is a major issue to be addressed in planning for efficient operation of a centre. Applying the well know summary from US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the operation of a distribution centre, this variability can possibly be due to a known known in the business, e.g. seasonality, a known unknown, such as promotional...

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What makes a good e-fulfilment Warehouse?

We have nearly all moved very quickly to an acceptance of shopping on-line and all have gained an understanding of what advantages we are looking for over previous models of shopping. e-fulfilment, which started from small beginnings, has now developed along a path that everybody is familiar with and brought together various other technological developments. These include secure ordering, order tracking and electronic payments for the customer and paperless picking, delivery scheduling and consignment tracking for the supplier. Initially these...

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