How valuable is warehouse space? I'm not just talking about price per square foot. What warehouse features and value-add services would make your logistics more efficient, save time and money? Perhaps our Napoleon, Ohio warehouse location may be the perfect fit for you.
If you're like most of us, over the past few months we've been thinking about ways we can improve in 2018. You may be thinking of a New Years' resolution, picking up a new hobby, or even focusing on improving KPIs at work. For those of us in logistics, specifically warehousing and distribution, maximizing the capacity of our warehouses is a constant we are working toward improving. From my experience, when we see capacity constraints, our next step is to look at the warehouse design to make it more functional.
Song inspiration: I wanna have some fun by Samantha Fox, 1988
We've reached Part III of How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees. In Part I, we talked about how to engage remote warehouse employees through communication; and that communication needs to be at the center of your relationships with your employees.
Last week, in the second article, How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees, Take a Chance on Me; we discussed ways to empower your crew so their observations and insights can be used to make your warehouse better.
So, finally we're going to discuss part III of engaging remote warehouse employees; it's to have some fun!
Song Inspiration: Take a Chance on Me by ABBA, 1978
Last week, I posted the first part of the three part series: How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees Through Communication. This week I'll continue that topic and focus on the second aspect of engaging remote warehouse employees: Empowerment
First, let's recap for those that read the blog last week. (If you haven't read it yet, here's the link, take a few minutes to read it now) Engaging Remote Warehouse Employees through Communication. The key take-away from last week's article was putting communication at the core of your relationships with your employees if you want to be sure your employees are engaged in their job, their work, and their company.
Song inspiration: Communication, Janet Jackson, 1984
Communication | Say the words | Are you there? | Can I be heard?
As a Regional Operations Manager, I oversee six warehouses throughout the mid-west. The distance varies as I can visit some with a day trip, others require a half-day drive, and I even have a few that require flying or driving the entire day to see. So, how do I engage remote warehouse employees?
Being a manager is a tough job, being a manager of remote employees adds a few curve balls to the managers role. We rely on many forms of communication to get our work done; phone, email, and even video conferencing.
Now we're livin' in the computer age | The pictures on my video
Song Inspiration: ‘The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, 1977
I’ve often heard that a Procurement or Logistics Director’s least favorite part of his or her job is 3PL selection. Why?
It’s simple; selecting the wrong 3PL can cause repercussions throughout the supply chain, ultimately leading to delays or outright failures in getting product into the hands of consumers, impacting sales and profits. It is your life line and one that many people depend on; stockholders, employees, their families, your customers, and their families. A broken link in your supply chain could cause loss of sales due to lack of trust and downtime, not to mention the effect it can have on your business' cash flow.
Song Inspiration: “Wasted Time” by Skid Row, 1991
Waste. We all know what that is. Normally, when we encounter a situation where waste has occurred, we get annoyed and think, “well, that was a waste”. Maybe the leftovers were never eaten, or maybe we spent $20 on lotto tickets without winning anything. These are typical examples of waste that immediately come to mind. However, warehouse waste comes in many shapes and sizes. It is a destructive little monster that hides in plain sight and surreptitiously rears its ugly head in the company’s bottom line. You and I together in our lives / Sacred ties would never fray / Then why can’t I let myself tell lies / And watch you die every day Waste is truly all around us, but we are so accustomed to it that we simply do not see it for what it is. So how do we see past the veil?
Song Inspiration: Take It To The Limit, Eagles 1975
You know I've always been a dreamer, and it's so hard to change, but the dreams I've seen lately keep on turning out and burning out and turning out the same. So put me on a highway and show me a sign and take it to the limit one more time. Continuing to keep warehouses operating as efficiently as possible is an ongoing process. Ideally, you want to implement lean process improvements that positively impact your customers as well as influence your bottom line while optimizing your operational efficiency.
Song Inspiration, The Search Is Over, Survivor, 1985
“How can I convince you what you see is real”
When it’s time to select a new warehouse location the list of boxes to check can seem endless. Whether it is in a new market or in the same area, the complexity that goes into site selection can be overwhelming. The easy way out is to choose your final location based on price, but there are several other factors to consider outside of the price per square foot.
We’ve all heard it time and time again, it’s all about location. But when analyzing the details of a warehouse location, it’s also important to keep in mind things like the availability of skilled talent and the cost of labor, technology, government regulations, tax/economic incentives, safety, and more.
Song Inspiration: Help! The Beatles, 1965
Help! I need somebody | Help! Not just Anybody | Help! You know I need someone
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers specialize in logistics services for shippers of all sizes from Amazon to small local businesses with a single product. 3PL companies can take over the supply chain processes that plan, implement, and control the flow and storage of goods for customers; which can also include assisting with or managing transportation, warehousing, distribution, and/or re-packaging needs from a single source, eliminating the additional expenses and time associated with setting up and managing multiple vendors. Over 86% of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PL providers for logistics and supply chain functions.
Still unsure? Take a look at these five benefits of working with a 3PL partner: