WDC Special Report: Three ways to prepare for growth, while containing costs

We asked a panel with more than 75 years combined experience in logistics and distribution to identify three warehouse/DC best practices that improve the distribution network, reduce the work, and leverage the most important asset in any organization—its people.
image
By Maida Napolitano, Contributing Editor
October 08, 2010 - LM Editorial

Economic conditions may be much improved from the dismal depths from which they emerged, but we’re not quite out of the woods yet. A status quo of high unemployment, sagging consumer demand, and lingering financial constraints has kept controlling costs the prevailing theme in warehouse and distribution management.

As Vice President of IT Business Systems for Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc. and president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Bob Silverman says he’s seeing this scenario play out firsthand. “The recession has forced companies to do more with less, and often capital isn’t available,” he says. “Even when a solid ROI can be demonstrated with a project that would improve distribution operations, the project sponsor can’t get it funded.”

Ann Elliott, CEO of Solertis Logistics Consulting, agrees that money remains tight across the board. “Many operations have been challenged to perform with fewer people and a smaller payroll.” Unfortunately, a smaller team can sometimes compromise the ability for a company to provide the highest levels of service that customers have been expecting.

Click here for related articles

Warehouse/DC Equipment & Technology: Materials Handling Trends and Future Spending Plans

6 Network redesign tips

Materials Handling Warehouse & Distribution Center Best Practices Virtual Conference



About the Author

image
Maida Napolitano
Contributing Editor

Maida Napolitano has worked as a Senior Engineer for various consulting companies specializing in supply chain, logistics, and physical distribution since 1990. She’s is the principal author for the following publications: Using Modeling to Solve Warehousing Problems (WERC); Making the Move to Cross Docking (WERC); The Time, Space & Cost Guide to Better Warehouse Design (Distribution Group); and Pick This! A Compendium of Piece-Pick Process Alternatives (WERC). She has worked for clients in the food, health care, retail, chemical, manufacturing and cosmetics industries, primarily in the field of facility layout and planning, simulation, ergonomics, and statistic analysis. She holds BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, respectively. She can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world's most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Effectively serving contemporary e-commerce demands of smaller, more frequent orders requires AS/RS technology designed for optimal storage volume, speed, flexibility and scalability.

Vocollect solutions are attractive because payback is typically 9-12 months and mobile workers appreciate being equipped to succeed in their job, boosting worker retention.

The company now has a network of eight regional service training centers across North America dedicated to training programs for Crown customers, dealers and employees.

This follows the opening of a London office earlier this year, and strengthens the company’s global presence in North America, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and South Africa.

As increasing awareness of environmental concerns permeates business operations, savvy companies are responding to customer, competitor and regulatory pressures to enhance their sustainability efforts.

About the Author

Maida Napolitano has worked as a Senior Engineer for various consulting companies specializing in supply chain, logistics, and physical distribution since 1990. She’s is the principal author for the following publications: Using Modeling to Solve Warehousing Problems (WERC); Making the Move to Cross Docking (WERC); The Time, Space & Cost Guide to Better Warehouse Design (Distribution Group); and Pick This! A Compendium of Piece-Pick Process Alternatives (WERC). She has worked for clients in the food, health care, retail, chemical, manufacturing and cosmetics industries, primarily in the field of facility layout and planning, simulation, ergonomics, and statistic analysis. She holds BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, respectively. She can be reached at [email protected]

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.