Optimizing Space Managemenet For 3PLs

Space Optimization

Space Optimization

In physics, “space-time” is a well known term that describes how space and time are connected. In public warehousing, space is more directly related to money earned, although time also factors into the equation. For the purpose of this blog, we will limit the conversation to space and money.

Under-utilized or wasted space (inefficiently used cubes) equates to a drain on your revenue and profits. 

3PL operations need systems for planning the layout of their facilities as well as for constructing the shelving and racking,aisle dimensions and other physical characteristics in order to optimize the put-away, storage, retrieval and staging of their clients’ inventory.

A best-of-breed, purpose built 3PL solution provides you with the information in order to optimally manage both your customers’ inventory and increase the profitability of your warehouse operations. 

Delivering A Successful 3PL Solution

3PL solution

3PL specific warehouse management solution

3PL Differentiators

  • Vertical Market Specialization - Team of experts dedicated to the third party logistics industry and its various niche segments such as; Cold and Dry Storage, Food and Beverage, Automotive and Manufacturing, Retail and Omni-Channel, Chemicals, Apparel, Furniture,Cold Chain for Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Packaged Goods.

  • End-use Configurable Workflows - Adaptable to the unique needs of each product, client, end-customer, shipper, receiver and consignee 

  • 3PL Specific Domain Expertise - Laser focused solution suite attuned to the specific needs of multi-tenant, third party outsourced logistics operations

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Webinar: “Quarters in the Couch: Low Tech Ways to Improve Warehouse Performance”

“Quarters in the Couch: Low Tech Ways to Improve Warehouse Performance”

featuring Chris Barnes, CFPIM, CSCP, LSSYB moderated by Scott W. Luton, Managing Partner, TalentStream

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 12 noon to 1 pm EST

FREE to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4688810533737697026


When you were little, or maybe not so little, did you ever discover nickels, dimes or quarters under the couch cushions? Or maybe you recently got out the winter coat and found a ten-dollar bill in the pocket. Either way you were a bit excited and proud of your serendipitous endeavors. Making small changes in the warehouse can be similar to finding quarters in the couch. For over 20 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great minds in warehouse operations and learn from their experience.Today, I frequently meet with managers of manufacturing raw materials warehouses or small to mid-sized finished goods distribution centers interested in technology but who could first benefit from improving their fundamental processes or even replacing their processes all together. To help managers identify where to look for low tech and/or easy to implement improvement ideas, I’ve reached out to my network of great warehouse resources to develop a top 10 list of low tech ideas to improve warehouse performance.

About the facilitator: Chris Barnes is a supply chain advocate and visionary with HighJump (www.highjump.com), the market leader in Supply Chain Network Solutions.  He has over 20 years’ experience developing and managing multiple client, engineering consulting, strategic planning and operational improvement projects in warehousing, distribution and manufacturing environments.  Barnes holds a B.S., Industrial Engineering and Economics Minor, from Bradley University, an MBA in Industrial Psychology with Honors from the University of West Florida.  He is a certified APICS instructor and holds CFPIM and CSCP designations. He served on the international Board of Trustees for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, is Past President of APICS Atlanta and WERC Atlanta, and is currently involved with Lean Atlanta Consortium.  He has presented to over 1200 people and authored the book “WMS: Phase 1: Assessment & Selection” a WERC Publication: http://www.werc.org/publications/publication.aspx?PublicationId=52.

Is Your 3PL WMS Working For You?

3PL WMS Software Solution

Legacy, Manual Warehouse Management

Value Added Logistics Services Providers: Third Party Logistics (3PL) providers make their living performing outsourced functions for their clients.  They sell their clients on the value of focusing on one’s core competencies and leaving other functions to the experts.

That Was Then: Historically, 3PL’s have not always practiced what they preach; many built and maintained their own IT systems with the thought being, “No software provider could possibly understand the complexities of our business model; therefore, a packaged solution will never meet our requirements.”

This is Now: In recent years that philosophy has shifted. The complexity of operating a third party logistics facility, particularly one that serves multiple clients, has accelerated. As new clients come on board, or existing clients put forth new requirements, 3PL’s must react quickly while protecting their profitability.

Why Bother Changing ?: More and more, 3PL’s are realizing that building and maintaining mission critical IT systems can be a drain on company
resources and instead are partnering with solution providers to enhance their IT capability. 

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Top Ten Labor Management Capabilities


Labor Management

Labor Management

A fully integrated labor management system within a 3PL solution enables you to measure worker performance, improve labor productivity, and increase operational efficiency. Some of the feature capabilites include;. 

  1. Measuring cost of labor against handling revenue in order to monitor customer profitability(loss)
  2. Forecasting workforce requirements based on historical data and projected capacity
  3. Producing precise information for balancing labor with workload
  4. Recording and measuring all discrete warehouse activities assigned to individuals or groups
  5. Integrating with a time and attendance system
  6. Comparing performance to benchmarks and setting fair performance targets
  7. Simulating alternative scenarios
  8. Generating reports on based on employee, facility, customer or any other variables
  9. Setting realistic labor performance expectations
  10. Collecting employee performance data


Optimizing Labor Management for 3PLs

Labor Management

WorkForce and Task Management

Labor Management: Labor-intensive operations represent a 3PL provider’s largest controllable expense — as much as 70 percent of the overall cost of operations. 

This being the case, it must deploy its labor resources methodically and carefully account for them in terms of their contributions to revenue, profit and customer satisfaction.

From Data To Insight: One of the most significant advantages of a best-of-breed 3PL labor management resource is that its standards are “real world” — not based on theoretical projections and/or studies, but on precise empirical data that is captured in the actual execution of tasks. The tables comprising the data can be continuously updated, allowing them to grow in detail and refinement with continued use. These data tables can be instantly accessible through a graphical Operational Dashboard, enabling operators to quickly and easily develop forecasts for the labor requirements of any anticipated project or group of projects.

Benefits To Clients and 3PL: The benefits accrue not only to the 3PL provider but also to its inventory owner clientele.

While the most immediate benefit is better management of labor deployment and personnel costs, the process also provides an excellent gauge of the true costs of specific activities after the fact, contributing still further to more effective management. Correspondingly, inventory owners can review the detail of their charges and gain an accurate representation of the amount of work it takes to handle their inventory. This provides a solid basis on which to negotiate the most equitable business arrangement. Moreover, inventory owners can use the information to identify possible proactive ways in which to build-in efficiencies that can transfer to the warehouse — for example by making packing or packaging adjustments that reduce the amount of time required to execute a given process.

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Did Black Friday and Cyber Monday turn your warehouse upside down?

We hope not! If so, it might be time to consider warehouse solutions designed specifically for eCommerce fulfillment. If you have 3 minutes, view Shea Pope, VP of Operations at Logo Brands share his story of solving eCommerce growth and fulfillment challenges with integrated WMS and EDI benefiting from:

  • Customer-specific compliance label libraries
  • Efficient picking based on order profiles (drop-ship, direct to consumer, traditional wholesale)
  • Routing requirements with Amazon / big-box retail
  • Inventory accuracy / control and variances
  • Small-parcel shipping integration
  • Full WMS and EDI integration

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Watch the story now!

Clear Skies in The Cloud – 3PL WMS

Cloud WMS

Cloud WMS


  • Are your customers & prospects expecting a high availability strategy? Compliance certifications?


  • Single source of accountability


  • Direct access to support & development teams


Benefits of  Virtualizing your WMS 

  • Reduced deployment timelines
  • Easier to add computing & storage capacity to your environment
  • Easier to backup & restore
  • Easier to create/move/delete environments
  • Great disaster recovery alternative

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Simplifying 3PL Operational Complexity – Inbound and Outbound

Receiving and Shipping

Inbound and Outbound Logistics

Inbound receiving. When goods arrive at the dock, they are checked against original orders, associated bills of lading and/or advanced shipping notices (ASNs).

Inventory Inspection. They are inspected for condition. Any discrepancies in quantity and special markings are noted. The goods are then released for storage, usually on a system assigned space basis.

Outbound shipping. Outgoing orders are verified for accuracy and completeness, labeled and packaged as necessary. They are then assigned shipping and delivery selections.

A best-in-class Enterprise 3PL technology solution provides exceptional organizational capabilities for expediting and monitoring the flow of goods into and out of the facility. From the arrival of the truck to the staging and allocation of locations to put away, final processing and inbound load confirmation.

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Labor tracking and productivity management

Labor productivity tracking and management

Labor Tracking: Where labor forecasting is based on what you expect to happen, labor tracking is based on what actually happens. Using handheld computers or RF devices, the performance and execution of a particular set of activities can be tracked — literally to the second — through “start” and “stop” times that are automatically input to the labor tracking module of a best-in-class 3PL specific platform.

Challenges of Labor Tracking: If you are a supply-chain manager operating without any kind of warehouse or labor management solutions, you may be experiencing these challenges:

  • How do we track and make meaningful improvement toward our KPIs?
  • How do we set and enforce attainable, yet ambitious, productivity goals?
  • How can we eliminate idle time that’s eating away at our bottom line?
  • How do we get ahead of day-to-day issues so we’re not always in a reactive mode?
  • How can we standardize our processes and create a culture of continuous improvement?

While these challenges are a fact of life for many contract logistics providers, they don’t have to be.

Learn how an integrated warehouse and labor management solution can not only help you meet your most important key performance indicators (KPIs) but also help you achieve best-in-class performance.

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