Three simple ways to cut supply chain costs

Thursday, February 15, 2018
For those of us eager to provide as many products to their customers as possible, understanding the supply chain is critical. But because the task of optimizing the supply chain can be daunting, many well-managed companies simply avoid it. Every company is different, with each possessing unique characteristics and skills, and so it is likely that your company is managing the supply chain well in some areas, but not so much in others. To effectively evaluate your supply chain without becoming overwhelmed, break the process into three parts, tackling each of them one at a time: Inbound/procurement Whether you’re receiving raw materials or finished goods, procurement of product is a common place for supply-chain costs to get lost. Allowing the lure of achieving fr  [Read More...]

Using color to drive warehouse efficiency

Thursday, February 15, 2018
We can all agree that distribution is not a black-and-white business. It is filled with shades of gray. It is filled with colors, designations and descriptions. With all these nuances, why do we insist on limiting our palate when it comes to the warehouse? With the exception of orange cross beams and green uprights, our warehouses are largely devoid of color designations. If you want to drive behavioral change in your operation, consider using visual cues to provide direction. Think about how colors modify our behavior in daily life. When we see red, our instinct is to stop. Red can also alert us to potential danger or injury. Green is generally accepted as safe or an indicator to proceed without hesitation. I take exception to this rule when visiting a Brazilian steak house. Too m  [Read More...]