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Logistics Insights Podcast
4 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Highlight Review from 3PL 2022 Study
In this week's episode of Logistics Insights, we review highlights of the 27th annual "3PL Study" from Dr. John Langley and team, released at the recent CSCMP Edge conference in Nashville.
3 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
Advice On Not Losing Critical Time Early In A WMS Project
In this week’s episode, we advise on not losing critical time early in a WMS project. An often unrecognized key to Warehouse Management System implementation success is ensuring valuable days aren’t lost early in a project.
4 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Gartner’s Framework for Categorizing Robots in Distribution
In this week's episode, we take a look Gartner's seven categories of mobile robots for distribution and manufacturing, or what Gartner calls "Smart Intralogistics Robots."
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Cross-Docking in Distribution
In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast: Cross-Docking in Distribution Cross-docking in distribution is often talked about, but there are several types, and it generally takes a robust WMS to well handle the complexity and timing issues. In this episode, we dive deeper into cross-docking.
3 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Understanding the Gartner WMS Critical Capabilities Report
In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast: Understanding the Gartner WMS Critical Capabilities Report. Different from the WMS Magic Quadrant analysis, the Critical Capabilities report focuses solely on functionality across nine different attributes. Those attributes include core and extended WMS capabilities, adaptability, usability, the ability to support automated material handling systems, and several others.
4 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Using a Statistical Approach to Labor Management in Distribution
Labor is a hot topic distribution right now, with rising wages and labor shortages in most markets. In fact, a recent survey by Gartner found that for the first time, addressing labor issues was cited as the top reason for investing in DC automation, surpassing reducing operating costs, the traditional driver of material handling systems adoption. Labor management software can provide a variety of capabilities and benefits to address labor issues in distribution.
4 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Getting Warehouse Management System Demos Right
Software demonstrations are a critical step in selecting a Warehouse Management System or any other logistics software package. How else are you going to determine the fit of various packages to your operational requirements? Despite its criticality, it is surprising how often companies don’t really think through the many elements needed to get the demo process right – which in the end means selecting the solution that is right for you both short and long term. Here are a couple of points...
4 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Lessons from Dozens of Implementations of WMS in the Cloud
Warehouse Management Systems were a little late to the Cloud party but now are the great majority of implementations. Softeon, a tier 1 WMS provider, has successfully deployed Warehouse Management Systems in the Cloud dozens of times. Here are some lessons learned from those successes...
4 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Categorizing Robots for Distribution
At the recent Gartner supply chain symposium in Orlando, it was revealed that the number 1 topic for client inquiries is around robots for distribution. A recent Gartner survey found that for about two-thirds of companies interested in robotics, the driver for doing so now is to combat labor shortages, not to drive cost reduction, which is very different than just a few years ago. Gartner has categorized these robots into seven types.
3 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
A Preview of a New Report on Distribution Center Technologies
With what appears to be growing interest in automation in distribution, driven by severe labor issues for many shippers and more, Softeon commissioned a survey and report on a variety of topics relevant to materials handling systems and warehouse software. The report is based on survey data from a wide variety of business sectors, led by retailers and consumer goods companies of all sorts, but many other industry sectors as well. The full report will be available soon, but here’s a little preview.
3 minutes | May 20, 2022
Optimizing Order Picking with Carts - Part 2
In our last episode, we discussed some of the ways efficiency can be improved with the right software tools. Here are some more ways you can optimize Cart Picking in ways you may not know about...
4 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Optimizing Order Picking with Carts
How warehouse software can optimize cart picking in ways you probably don’t currently know about.
5 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
7 UNcommon Keys to WMS Project Success - Part II
In our last episode, we discussed how Softeon and Thru-Put Partners produced a webinar on the “7 Uncommon Keys to End-End WMS Success.” We covered the first 4 of those tips, which included: Understanding WMS Value Upfront Creating a clear decision-making framework Getting the demo right, and… Not wasting time early in the project This week, the final three uncommon tips...
4 minutes | Jan 25, 2022
7 UNcommon Keys to WMS Project Success
Recently, Softeon and Thru-Put Partners – a leading supply chain consulting firm – produced a webinar with Modern Materials Handling Magazine on the “7 Uncommon Keys to End-End WMS Success.” On this podcast we’ll cover the first 4 of those, and we promise these will be a little different than tips you might have heard from others.
5 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Sorting Out WMS, WCS and WES
In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast, we sort out the WMS, WCS and WES flavors of warehouse software.
3 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Gartner’s Dwight Klappich on Important Trends in Warehouse Management Systems
Gartner recently held its virtual Supply Chain Symposium for 2021. That included a session on Warehouse Management Systems, or WMS, led by well-known Gartner analyst, Dwight Klappich. During the session, Klappich detailed what he sees as key trends in WMS technology moving forward. As an intro to those trends, Klappich first noted that Warehouse Management Systems are getting smarter.
4 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
3 Key Trends in Warehouse Management
In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast, a look at three key trends in warehouse management systems, including the move to the Cloud, the rise of Warehouse Execution Systems and the increasing support for automation, such as for mobile robots and putwall systems.
4 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Tool Maker Hilti Transforms Approach to Distribution Labor Management
Labor challenges in US distribution are as high as we have ever seen. Almost everyone is scrambling for labor, and few are able to hire and retain all the DC labor they need. Facing similar challenges, tool maker Hilti launched a program earlier this year to revolutionize the way it treats DC workers, across more than a dozen facilities in the US.
3 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Implementing New Tech (such as Voice) at the Start of a WMS Deployment
Here's a fact: if a company is deploying a new WMS solution, unless they are already using Voice or other picking technologies such as pick-to-light or “put walls,” these types of technologies are almost never designed in from the start, even if there is great interest in them for down the road. But is that really the right approach?
4 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Directed Putaway in the Distribution Center
One of the core concepts relative to Warehouse Management Systems is that of “directed putaway.” While many logistics professionals are very familiar with this topic, it is clear from conversations with many companies that others don’t really have all the details – and that quite a few lack directed putaway capabilities with the system they are currently using to run their distribution center. As the name suggests, directed putaway is all about the WMS communicating to DC associates through a mobile wireless terminal where in the DC a product should be stored, at the specific location level. But to understand directed putaway, you also need to add the related concept of zoning or zone management. A good WMS should allow you to define, practically without limit, different putaway zones for which rules will be applied relative to putaway. A zone is simply a grouping of locations.
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