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.
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We’ve gathered some of the most poignant warehouse safety statistics available. We encourage you to reference them before embarking on your warehouse or distribution center design project, and to leverage them in order to improve worker compliance with any safety standards that you have in place.
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.
For warehouses, distribution centers, and order fulfillment operations, there is no more certain way of putting the brakes on business growth and expansion than reaching (or nearing) maximum capacity—whether in terms of space utilization or throughput.
It may be strange to think about the holidays in the high heat of August, but as anyone working in order fulfillment or retail knows, the holiday season is right around the corner.
If your order fulfillment operation is nearing capacity in terms of inventory, it may be possible to save floor space and optimize your warehouse.
Though SKU proliferation is not discussed nearly as often as it was even just a few years ago, it is a phenomenon that order fulfillment operations and retailers continue to reckon with on a...
Capacity planning in order fulfillment requires the careful balancing of short-term, immediate need against long-term goals and growth.