In my networking, I have met many manufacturers of warehouse automation and WMS vendors. They have all confirmed something I think many of us believed a long time. I call it the “3PL paradox”. Many companies choose to outsource their warehouse logistics to a 3PL company in the belief that they are more willing (because … Continue reading The 3PL paradox
Despite the technical development of warehouse logistics, leadership is still the single most important part for a well-functioning warehouse. In my latest article I mentioned the KISS principle “Keep It Simple, Stupid” originating from the U.S. Navy. That was about the importance of keeping everything as simple as possible. Another important thing, which also is … Continue reading First Leadership and Organization, then …
U.S. Navy created in the sixties KISS “Keep It Simple, Stupid” a design principle. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The KISS principle of course also applies warehouse logistics, regardless of whether … Continue reading Keep your warehouse flow as simple as possible (KISS)
My last article was about the negative effects of micromanagement. It is easy to start micromanage in a warehouse, especially if you have a WMS where you can see detailed KPI at an individual level. Of course, you should use the KPI to look at deviant trends etc but not several times a day and … Continue reading Big data and analytical tools in warehouse production.
As I have written in previous articles, a warehouse requires good leadership to be successful. In particular, if the warehouse largely is manual. A manual warehouse is not like a manufacturing line where the pace is set from the line. In a warehouse, the management team set the pace and do the follow up often … Continue reading Stop micromanaging the warehouse
In my last artice I highlighted the importance of regular updates in WMS. I have received many questions about WMS and in particular, what to consider before a project regarding a WMS procurement. Below you find some things that I consider important and I choose not to go into details, every procurement is unique because of … Continue reading Important things to consider in a procurement of WMS
When you are in a project regarding buying and implementing a WMS it is easy you only look at what you need now and focus on your current flow. But remember, after you are finished with your implementation and everything is working fine. Outside your warehouse the development in warehouse logistics and WMS software is … Continue reading Think about the future before you invest in a WMS
More and more companies invest in automation solutions. Not that the prices in automation technology decrease significantly, the reason is rather that other costs increase that make the ROI more attractive. E-commerce and omni-channel increases logistics costs. More orders with fewer order lines at a low value are not a good combination for profitability, but … Continue reading Automation in small and mid-sized warehouses
I am surprised not more warehouses implements lean in their organizations. It has been proven many times how effective it is. If you not are familiar but want to know more about lean, I recommend you to read, ”Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation” James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. … Continue reading Lean thinking, why do many warehouses fail with the implementation of lean?
I have had several interesting discussions both on LinkedIn and on e-mail from blog readers concerning my articles on leadership and lean. Below are some clarifications how I think about these topics Why you should implement lean I have received comments where people believe that lean is really unnecessary and that the workforce itself is … Continue reading Lean and good leadership an unbeatable combination in warehouse production