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Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Supply Chain Disruptions Through Supply Chain Digital Transformation
| April 9, 2020
Across our four locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we've got a fleet of trucks and over 100,000 square feet of storage space. But, we’re more than trucks and warehouses.
Article | October 16, 2020
Order picking is the most resource-intensive operation of a warehouse or fulfillment center. More than 55% of the operating cost for a warehouse is related to order picking, and fulfillment centers, the number stands at 50%. It is the process that can bring in the most cost savings with an effective, streamlined and efficient order picking system. One of the most important components of your order picking system is the warehouse order picking cart. Order picking carts are used to move inventory from the warehouse shelves to sorting or packing stations. They make it easier for warehouse associates to carry multiple items at a time or to carry large, unwieldy items. When it is possible to carry multiple items on a trip, it drastically reduces the distance traveled by associates on foot. It also helps to reduce physical fatigue and improves efficiency dramatically.
Was the cobalt in your phone dug up by a child miner or the cotton for your clothes farmed by slave labour? How much CO2 was emitted or plastic wasted manufacturing the cars we drive? Impossible questions for the end consumer, and deeply challenging for producers themselves, but new technology could finally be providing sustainable supply chain solutions.
We’ve been receiving a number of questions from customers asking how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) on their operations, employees, customers and carriers. The good news is there is a lot that can be done now with your existing logistics and supply chain solutions. You could also quickly take advantage of new ones to be safe and mitigate the financial impact on your business. Here are a few ways you can help “flatten the curve”:
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a reference to one financial risk assessment provider’s proprietary data identifying inventory stocking vulnerabilities of suppliers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a previously published Supply Chain Matters editorial commentary, Just in Time Inventory Management Methodology May Be Little Help During and After the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Without Modification, this Editor declared that an obvious learning that will come from this ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus global-wide outbreak will be the ultimate stress testing of Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory management methodologies, and with that, the need for the weighting of supply chain risk mitigation or domestic sourcing considerations in inventory management policies.
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