Lean warehousing quality improvement programs have driven billions of dollars’ worth of value across corporate supply chains. They are the road map to faster, better and cheaper. But, if you’re not careful, these programs can become weighed down with bureaucracy, adding time and cost to your quality improvement efforts.
The bar has been raised on logistics performance. Retail customers want perfect orders (expect a fine if they’re not perfect), and they want them faster and delivered within tighter and tighter time windows.
As a logistics manager, the spotlight is shining brighter on you and, by extension, your logistics service providers (3PLs). You want and need your 3PLs to be great. But, ironically, achieving that result may have as much to do with how hard and how smart you work, as your 3PL.
There’s a talent gap in logistics today and companies are dealing with it in different ways.
For KANE, that’s meant placing more emphasis than ever on hiring logistics workers from within. Recently, we caught up with KANE’s VP of Human Resources, Amy Wren, to discuss the subject.
KANE Is Able recently expanded its shared distribution network in three key markets to support customer growth and new business expansion. In total, KANE added 630,000 sq. ft. of additional space in Allentown, PA, Atlanta, GA and California’s Inland Empire.
Recently, a crack team of logistics detectives (aka “business students”) from the University of Scranton arrived at KANE’s Scranton distribution campus. Their mission: audit and document best practices in warehouse/DC sanitation for their senior class project. Code name: Operation Clean Team. The results of the mission have been kept secret – until now.
Warehouse productivity. Every warehousing operation on earth would like to be more productive, but too few actually invest the time to stop, retool and make it happen. Fortunately, there are relatively small things that just about every operation can perform in the here and now to boost productivity without major investments of time or money.
Drone deliveries? Driver-less trucks? While these “space-age” supply chain issues piqued our readers’ interest this past year, a review of KANE’s most popular blog posts revealed that people are still most interested in, well, people.
Following are quick descriptions of the top-read blog posts for 2017. Check them out.
When considering a site location for your company, for manufacturing or distribution, operating costs are a huge part of that decision. A recent study examined the costs to operate a large food and beverage processing center in 11 different locations and found that the Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA metro area has the lowest operating costs of all.