Search
or Search by TOPIC
Search Supply Chain Videocasts
 
 
  Sign-Up Free Newsletter
 
border_top
Distribution Digest
Banner
border_bot
border_top

Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Shippers Operating in a Quick Response Environment Need Real-Time Information


In Cliff’s 400th Column, he Discusses why Business Managers Cannot Wait for an End-of-Shift Report

 
Holste

No doubt we are living in a world of real-time information flow. There’s an accident on the highway and immediately the location is emailed and texted messaged to drivers, or better yet, downloaded real-time into their GPS so they can avoid the congestion. Not long ago I had a conversation with a logistics executive who manages a 450K sq. ft. DC. He mentioned that he is somewhat frustrated that he has to wait until the end of the shift for an operations summary report to learn how they performed. It’s all good information to have, he said, but by then it’s not relevant - its history and it’s too late to do anything about it.

However, with real-time performance displays, managers can see whether they are hitting the numbers incrementally throughout the day, and if not, what areas are falling behind. This then allows management to adjust operations by using the real-time information to balance demand with the resources in the facility to quickly get back on track.


For example – A worker performs a put-away or stock move. Using a mobile handheld computer, he ...

 
More

Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
border_bot
border_top
Our Bloggers
width=67
Sorting It Out : Shippers Operating in a Quick Response Environment Need Real-Time Information
In Cliff's 400th Column, he Discusses why Business Managers Cannot Wait for an End-of-Shift Report
width=67
Sorting It Out : Product Sequencing - The "Smart" Way to Build Mixed SKU Pallet Loads
Technology Takes the Guess Work out of Building Mixed SKU Pallets
width=67
Sorting It Out: What Kind Of Investment Does It Take To Implement Sortation In A DC?
Understanding Cost Range Based on Shipping Volume
View All
border_bot
border_top
White Papers / Reports
width=70White Paper: WMS Solutions: Embedded or Best of Breed?
Would a warehouse management system (WMS) help you better manage and automate your warehouse and fulfillment operations? Learn pros and cons of ERP WMS vs Best-of-Breed.

width=70White Paper: Managing Spend in A Distribution Environment
Supplier Relationship Management and the Distribution Enterprise:A suite provides enterprises with the necessary tools and solutions to achieve optimal performance in supplier relationships.

width=70Material Handling Tech Note: Conveyor Improvements Drive Flexibility
In this Materials Handling Technology Note, we review how recent advances across several areas of conveyor technology are improving the flexibility of system design and later modifications for materials handling systems.

border_bot
top stories
picSorting It Out : Product Sequencing - The "Smart" Way to Build Mixed SKU Pallet Loads
Technology Takes the Guess Work out of Building Mixed SKU Pallets
picSorting It Out: What Kind Of Investment Does It Take To Implement Sortation In A DC?
Understanding Cost Range Based on Shipping Volume
picSupply Chain News: US Warehouse Market Stays Red Hot, as Rates Soar, but May have Peaked
Prologis Occupancy, CBRE Rates Measure Reach All-Time Highs, but We're Nearing End of Cycle, Prologis CEO Says
 
vendor news
Logistics News: Intelligrated and SDI Group USA Launch Material Handling Systems Business Operations in Brazil
New facility will serve Customers in Rapidly Expanding Distribution, Fulfillment and Manufacturing Markets
Logistics News: Voxware Inc., Announced That it is the First Warehouse Voice Vendor to Support Android
Android is an Operating System for Mobile Devices such as Smartphones and Tablet Computers. It was Developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.
Logistics News: Kollmorgen Introduces Mobile Order Picking Solution for Automated Lift Truck Operation at ProMat 2011
Kollmorgen's Pick-n-Go is a flexible controls platform that can be adapted to any electric order-picker truck brand or model enabling the picker and the truck to work together automatically.
 
video cast
Using Multi-Modal Wireless Technology to Drive Productivity Gains in Distribution

 

 


Why the Time is Right for Labor Management Systems in Distribution




 

 
border_top
Tools and Resources
Logistics News: What Does a Sortation System for Distribution Cost?
Baseline Systems Can Be Implemented for about $1 Million; Wal-Mart Level? Do not Ask
Warehouse Management System (WMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Includes recent downloadable edition of Supply Chain Digest Letter on WMS.
Labor Management System (LMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more on the Supply Chain Digest Letter on Labor Management Systems in Distribution
border_bot
sponsor
answers
Supply Chain Question: Calculating Distribution Center Capacity
Supply Chain Question: How to Calculate Discount for Customer Freight Pick-Up?
Reader Question: Reducing Sort Lanes to Reduce DC Costs
 
New Materials Handling Tech Notes
 

The first analytic reports for the materials handling and distribution industry.

This report: Advances in Conveyor Technology increasing System Flexibility

 
videocast

Labor Management System
(LMS) Overview

Present by SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore

View our Complete Labor Management System Resources Page

 
 
RSS
Supply Chain Digest news is available via RSS
yahoo
newsgator XML
 
 

.