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
In order to be able to conduct lean in a good way you should keep the value chain as simple and flexible as possible. I have met colleagues in the business who understands that you should be restrictive to investing in new technology like automation solutions to avoid be locked in to a certain method … Continue reading Combining lean and automation in warehouse production
There are many ways to optimize the Warehouse. For example, using modern WMS or to increase the production rate by using incentive pay, etc. Usually you use a combination of several methods. One way that is not so common is job rotation floating staffing positions. The Warehouse management makes a weekly schedule where employees have … Continue reading How to avoid sub-optimization in warehouse production
2018 approaches quickly and as usual this time of the year trend reports for the near future increases on internet, this also applies to the supply chain. It is quite interesting to read these trend analyzes and I must say that quality of these analyzes vary greatly. Right now, many supply chain experts mention robotic … Continue reading Three key areas for a successful warehouse production 2018