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How I.T., Management, and Maintenance can positively impact warehouse productivity

By LXE
May 09, 2011

We all understand the impact that even a small productivity gain within an enterprise’s warehouse operations can have on the entire organization. What is less clear is the inverse – how improvements in other facets of the organization can benefit supply chain productivity. In this white paper, we’ll examine three “indirect influencers”  and discuss how new technologies and market trends can improve those groups in ways you can see in the bottom line.

If you’re a supply chain or warehouse manager, you may be asking why it’s in your best interest to engage these other groups in productivity enhancements. Perhaps you feel that there are still gains you can achieve within your own direct jurisdiction. Or, like many organizations, the pain points experienced by a warehouse manager are different than those encountered in I.T., and as a result, it may seem like the two groups “speak different languages.” Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, your organization likely compensates each manager differently; operations may be incentivized to improve productivity, which may require changes to how work gets done, while I.T. may be rewarded for having as few incidents as possible, leading to a much more conservative mindset.

You may be right, and to be clear, none of the opportunities discussed here are replacements for on-the-floor process improvements; rather, they are complements to the efforts you already have in place.


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