Once the company has established inventory control, it is now in a position to optimize tasks…and gain real payback. On average, labor makes up for 60% of the cost of distribution, and of the labor, 60%+ is in the picking and packing operation. While the list is considerable for ROI driven ways to lean the pick/pack processes, such as conveyors and automation, for mid-sized companies, the greatest opportunities for task optimization are:
- Batch/Multi-Order Picking aggregates multiple orders into a more efficient way to pick. Examples include directing the picker to gather inventory, usually a single SKU pick (eCommerce) and bring the inventory forward to be packed for shipping. In cases of multiple lines, the system can assemble multiple orders to a cart and direct the user on a pick run where the picker completes multiple orders in a highly efficient manner.
- Replenishments of forward pick areas is important to evaluate for the ROI. Whereas companies can boast of having solutions for inventory control, without the inventory being available in the pick slot…what good is it? Replenishment solutions, especially ones that account for demand before the picking has started, ensure for the highest possible inventory control combined with the greatest optimization.
- Leaning packing processes in favor of picking to shipping containers can dramatically reduce a significant bottle neck…packing stations. By having the system determine the carton size and type before the picking starts in combination with determining the carrier and generating/applying the manifest label…then picking to that cart…material handling is greatly reduced and an entire step is bypassed.
Given the overall budget for warehouse, task optimization often reduces operating costs 20 – 30%! It is not unrealistic to expect users to achieve 300+ lines picked per hour…sometimes more.
CHECK POINT #2: Task Optimization should be adaptable and extensible
Mid-sized companies operations need to be nimble. The process put in place today WILL change tomorrow. Ensure the solution not only has capability for task optimization in the core feature set, but a technology that allows for change as the business needs dictate. Lots of WMS solutions only have their core features…then expensive services to modify the system.
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Reliable of Milwaukee purchased Accellos’ Warehouse Management System (WMS) to automate many of their warehouse processes.
This family run business produces head wear, footwear and accessories that are sold throughout the United States. Their customer loyalty has earned them a great deal of success, and they now own seven different brands. These brands include Quiet Wear, Nitro Golf, Express Promotions, and more. This unique company is continuing to thrive and expand!
Visit their website at http://reliableofmilwaukee.com/.
Prophesy has announced the release of a case study on Prophesy OnDemand customer Derby City Logistics, LLC.
Derby City Logistics, LLC began as a small trucking company based out of Louisville, Kentucky. At its start-up, the company consisted of two employees and a fleet of three trucks.
Before purchasing Prophesy OnDemand, the team at Derby City Logistics spent much of their time dispatching manually. Casey Robinson, Derby City Logistics Operations Manager, shared, “Everything was manual. Drivers were paid a flat rate and the payroll was outsourced.”
Find out how Prophey OnDemand, web-based solution, helped Derby City Logistics succeed by reading the case study…
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We hope you will join us on July 30th for our first in a four-part series of webinars.
In today’s always moving business world, it’s necessary to know where your business stands on a daily basis. AccellosOne Pulse gives you insights into your key performance indicators every day, to help you make the tough decisions for your company. Whether you’re a 3PL, distributor, retailer, manufacturer, or transportation specialist, AccellosOne Pulse will give you the understanding necessary to keep your company on track. Offered as a standalone solution or an integrated component of the overall AccellosOne family.
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Along with time sensitive graphs and charts that highlight key conditions to aid in the decision making process, this webinar will also explain what AccellosOne Pulse offers, such as:
- Customizable Dashboards / real-time analytics
- Proactive alerting to solve problems before they happen
- Improving integration of data from multiple business applications
- Providing real-time visibility to a broader audience: greater number of internal users, external partners and customers
Don’t let your business get behind, register for Accellos Drive Process Improvements with KPIs webinar on July 30th, now!
A recent article published by Deal Feed International featured the Accellos and HighJump merger announcement. The article emphasized how the complementary technologies from both companies will be helpful in satisfying the advancing needs of logistics service providers, retailers, and distributers. Both companies value innovation and quality customer service, the article states, which will be advantageous to both their current and future customers.
Deal Feed International is a popular resource for business professionals looking to stay updated on company mergers and acquisitions. The website has a wide range of subscribers including managers at small to mid-sized businesses, as well as large corporates from around the world. Articles are published by region and division so that these subscribers can see mergers that are most relevant to them.
The read the full Deal Feed International article, please click here.
To learn more about the merger, read our official press release.
We’re very pleased to have recently added many new home furnishings retailers to the PROFITsystems family. Read on to learn more about these great companies and find out why each of them chose to partner with us.
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Accellos has been officially announced as a sponsor for the upcoming Sage Summit in Las Vegas.
This annual conference will be taking place July 28-31 and will serve as an educational experience for both the small and medium sized businesses in attendance. The summit will be a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network and engage in meaningful conversation. Ultimately, the goal of the conference is to help these businesses expand upon their knowledge base and therefore stimulate company growth.
To read more about the summit and its sponsorships, please click here.
Please join us for a four-part webinar series starting July 30th.
Our Accellos experts will give their input on the challenges that small to medium size businesses face in the Omni-channel retail world, and offer solutions based on their industry expertise.
The webinar series will start with Chris Barnes, Accellos WMS Sales Engineer, as he talks about AccellosOne Pulse, and how it allows insight into the key performance indicators that drive everyday business decisions. Next, Jackson Billbrey, Accellos Product Manager, will talk about AccellosOne Ship, which offers time and labor saving capabilities to handle the stringent shipping requirements and ensures compliance with customers. Then, Jared Mendenhall, Accellos Managed Services Specialist, will explain Accellos Cloud; what it is, why you want it, whether you need on premise or Azure, and a review of the implementation and total costs. Finally, Chris Barnes will be back to finish the series with the importance of a successful Warehouse Management System (WMS), and how the need for real-time activity tracking and inventory visibility offered is a must in today’s business world.
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A recent article published by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods discusses the importance of software in effectively managing frozen food supply chains. Included in this article, was Accellos’ latest 4.0 release which focuses on cloud based eLearning. This product offers many different features that are beneficial to supply chain companies. The article went on to highlight some of these benefits, including the ease at which new employees can be on-boarded. This can be done by recording “how-to” videos that can then be utilized during training. This makes instruction more efficient and cost effective in the long run.
To read the full article, please click here.
Accellos has issued a case study of T.C. Trading Company, Inc. This case study describes how T.C. Trading Company uses AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL Warehouse Management System (WMS) to provide seasonal distribution services from facilities in the port community of Blaine, Washington.
As a growing traditional public warehouse 3PL, T.C. Trading Company, Inc. sought to expand their business and launched a ship provisioning business in 1996. Ship provisioning is the service of providing vast amounts of food and other items, including perishables, herbs and spices, alcohol, and nonperishable supplies, for consumption and reserve in cruise ships for thousands of passengers and crew for an extended voyage. By 2011, the ship provisioning business had steadily grown, which drove the need for automated warehouse management including catch weight tracking.
AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL provided the logistics software platform that keeps the provisioning process on course, from receiving vendor shipments at the warehouse doors, to the consolidation of the orders into cost-effective loads, to the billing information to the cruise ship suppliers. The software has enabled the company to accommodate business requirements faster, and to virtually eliminate errors in both the servicing of ships and the 3PL warehousing.
T.C. Trading Company went live using AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL in 2012 and has since experienced the following benefits:
- Greater staffing flexibility
- Expedited cruise ship provisioning
- Concurrent government/commercial services
- Coordinated international shipping management
- Simplified bonding procedure
- Centralized cold/ambient storage control
- Fast, easy transition to Accellos system
- Real-time inventory management
- Increased productivity – e.g. pick by weight
- RF/wireless operations management
- Electronic document production
- Exceptional software flexibility, adaptability.
“Our customer profile continues to evolve but our emphasis on accommodating each one remains our priority. We store and we ship – it’s what we do – and we go out of our way to do it how our customers want it done. AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL is indispensable to that effort,” said Phillip Hayes, Operations Manager, T.C. Trading Company, Inc.
“AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL has changed our company and how we conduct our business in major ways,” Phillip adds. “It is difficult to be in the 3PL business and not have the right software and we are satisfied that whatever our requirements, Accellos has a way to make them work.”
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