The safety of workers inside of your warehouse is incredibly important. Your employees are the people who keep the business running. Ensuring proper warehouse conditions and processes is the biggest safeguard against injuries and citations. We’ve compiled a list of 10 safety tips, based on The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)’s ten most cited violations of 2013, as shown on the United States Department of Labor website.
A Warehouse Management System (WMS) offers a paperless, nearly error free way to keep track of items in your warehouse. Specifically, the practice of lot tracking can be improved exponentially with a WMS. Lots are of product that share the same manufacturing or run date. Relying on a manual lot tracking process leaves room for mistakes and loss of data, while using a WMS ensures accuracy and proper data storage. Take a look at the comparison of what happens if a product has to be recalled, with and without a WMS.
Inventory accuracy is paramount to an efficient warehouse. Unfortunately, many wholesale distributors fall short of their competition due to disorganized inventory or inaccurate information. Inventory accuracy impacts other key performance indicators, such as: units picked and shipped per hour, order cycle time, on-time shipments, and warehouse capacity used.
Mike Estes, our Hardware Specialist here at DPS, is excited to announce that we now offer Cold Storage Solutions for our customers. These Cold Storage Solutions provide a level of efficiency that stands above standard units. Mike sat down and answered some questions about Cold Storage Solutions, to give us an idea of what makes them different and desirable.
A warehouse is a place where goods are stored to be used in the future, even when there is a low supply of business goods in the manufacturing market. A number of skilled, educated and professional workers are assigned by the companies for proper administration of the business goods stored in the warehouse. There can be any number of warehouses but each warehouse should be unique and designed properly so that you can store perishable as well as non-perishable goods.
As an SMB, you are always busy, your task list is continuously increasing, you wear countless titles during your day, and you and your staff undoubtedly work tougher and longer days than your bigger competitors, yet you still don’t have enough hours in the day. Although you are being active, is your day consumed with the correct things?
The Wholesale distribution industry is like any other: it faces operational hurdles. Have you faced challenges such as providing an electronic catalog? These electronic catalogs need to be easy to access for the end-user, whoever they are. They need to include such operations as filtering products, offering shipping and tracking options, all while supplying an efficient and streamlined fulfillment process while being cost efficient. Now is the time for an eCommerce solution to address these hurdles as they become more visible and less likely to be avoided.
What is it costing you to do nothing? While your homegrown ERP might work, it leaves you open to a number of risks and challenges. Ask yourself: How would it benefit me the long run to upgrade my ERP system? What if my IT director leaves the company or the programmer who wrote the application retires? The answers to these questions may not be very pleasant.
Why do your customers choose you, over your competitors? If you were to poll your customers on what is important to them when choosing a wholesale distributor, their answers will most likely boil down to three main priorities. They want service that is fast, reliable, and secure. This trifecta of customer satisfaction can be achieved through a B2B Self Service Portal.
Because everyone else is doing it! While this answer may seem flippant, it is really quite accurate. Your competitors are going mobile – that’s a fact. Through the years, technology has made incredible, overwhelming strides. So, too, have the wholesale distributors that choose to take advantage of all the exciting developments. Because so many companies are now able to offer better, faster, more reliable services, consumers have come to expect just that. If you haven’t considered implementing mobility options, now is the time!