Inventory visibility is the concept of tracking inventory throughout the entirety of the supply chain, from warehouse to truck to store shelf. Learn more about why inventory visibility is important and how you can improve your operation’s inventory management.
Category: Order Fulfillment
Retrieving items from their storage locations to fill customer orders, order selection, is a critical component within the material handling process. There is no one size fits all order fulfillment solution that will be effective for every type of operation. Every business, every operation is unique in its own way.
If your operation is going to be successful, then you’ve got to have a firm understanding of your capacity: Both in terms of how much inventory you can hold, as well as in terms of the amount of work your processes can logistically handle.
One of the most important key performance indicators to order fulfillment operations in Total order cycle time. Here are 5 ways you can improve your numbers.
SKU proliferation is a normal part of order fulfillment, but something that can have major impacts on your ability to do business. Are you wondering how SKU proliferation might be impacting your DC or order fulfillment operation? Conducting a SKU analysis can help put things in perspective.
Put walls are a common component of many order fulfillment operations. Here are two ways you can optimize your applications to get more value out of them.
In recent years, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) have moved from a novelty solution pursued by only a handful of the largest companies to a mainstream technology capable of bringing real benefits to a range of operations both large and small.
Running a successful order fulfillment operation requires many things. One of the most important things is inventory—it is, quite literally, the stuff that orders are made of!
It’s no secret the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for retail and shipping industries. And with increases in technology, ecommerce has become the driving force behind record numbers seemingly every year. Just last year, it’s estimated that shoppers spent $122 billion with online retailers alone.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2015 the Warehousing and Storage sector of the US economy employed 785,000 workers. By 2018, that number had grown to nearly 1.2 million—a total growth of more than 41 percent, or 415,000 jobs—driven largely by a growing economy and increased ecommerce sales across the country.
The order fulfillment industry faces new challenges seemingly everyday. Often, these challenges are inspired by the practices initially adopted by ecommerce giants like Amazon, which customers then begin to expect from other retailers.