Drop Trailer Services: What’s In It For You?


Drop Trailer Services - What's In It For You?

Is it time for you to consider a drop trailer or drop and hook freight service for your business?

Capacity crunch and driver shortage has caused serious issues in many businesses’ supply chains and has increased the demand for drop trailer / drop and hook shipping programs.

What is a drop trailer program?

A drop trailer program is when a carrier brings a tractor to the loading dock and picks up a trailer loaded previously. Drop-and-hook takes the process of trailer shipping one step further. A carrier will arrive with an empty trailer to drop, pick up a loaded trailer, and continue on.

In the US, many shippers are now considering such programs mainly because of the new hours of service rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which are more strictly monitored by the ELD mandate.

Drop trailer services can also have a significant impact on the efficiency of your supply chain. Drop trailer programs help shippers and carriers plan more effectively for deliveries and outbound shipments as it’s important for them to align their schedules.

Without drop trailers, a carrier must arrive within a narrow time window to load or unload the trailer. Depending on how the appointment coordinates with their on-duty schedule, and considering other conditions such as traffic, weather, breakdowns or unexpected events, the driver may be forced to wait for hours, thus missing the appointment altogether.

In these situations, detention fees, late delivery fees, and a negative vendor scorecard are unpleasant results.

Drop Trailer Benefits for Carriers:

  • Better trailer planning. You decide when you pick up and drop off.
  • No more waiting to pick up a load or be live-loaded.
  • Great for time-consuming loads, like floor-loaded freight.
  • Higher delivery percentages that are on time.

Drop Trailer Benefits for Shippers:

  • A smoother supply chain operation. You can load or unload a trailer at your convenience or when staffing levels are adequate; no more paying overtime to load or unload when a truck is early or late.
  • Superior for time-consuming loads.
  • Avoid extra driver or truck detention charges.
  • Higher on-time delivery percentages.
  • Decrease fines from strict retail Must Arrive By Date (MABD) requirements.
  • Better retailer relationships with vendor scorecard performance.

On the downside, there may be an initial cost to implement a program. Every trailer that a carrier takes out of over-the-road service is lost revenue, so to recoup it, there will be a cost for a drop trailer. Of course, this cost will pay for itself because there should never be any detention fees.

Drop trailers should not become warehouses; the maximum time a trailer should sit is a week. In most drop trailer programs, trailers turn two or three times a week.

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot of up-front heavy lifting to implement a drop trailer program. Not all carriers supply a drop trailer service therefor finding one that does can be time-consuming. Trailers make carriers money, if one of your carriers doesn’t want to drop a trailer, simply look at using a different one.

What is the Future of Third Party Logistics in 2020?


The Future of Third Party Logistics in 2020

What Can Your Business Expect from 3PL Providers in the Ever-Evolving Digital Age?

There’s no doubt the third party logistics (3PL) landscape has altered significantly within the last decade. As mobile technologies and ‘smart’ working practices continue to develop, further growth, and potential benefits, are inevitable.

With expected growth in third party logistics markets forecast to be as high as 15 percent, the demand to service in these markets in 2020 is sure to generate fierce competition.

A greater consumer demand for 24/7 services and reduced costs means efficiency and accuracy are going to be a crucial points for successful 3PL providers. Businesses will remain focused on the goal to drive down their own operational and labor costs by outsourcing logistics to 3PL service providers. But success will also depend on their willingness to adopt new technologies.

The following are the most influential changes predicted within the next 7 years. There’s a very good likelihood they will become common among most third party logistics companies.

1. Extended Collaboration Between Shippers and 3PL Companies

Third party logistics companies will rely heavily on technology to collaborate, connect, and interact with customers. Electronic data exchange services are going to be critical, not just for the performance and integrity of the info, but also to accommodate the speed of change.

Vendor managed inventory, where the supply chain vendor monitors the buyers inventory and makes periodic resupply decisions, are going to be commonplace and allow smaller 3PL services to operate via web-based portals and user-friendly access systems.

2. Mobile Application Expansion

Dependency on paper records in warehouses is becoming a continually diminishing memory. Everything will be focused around agility through mobility. As we’re already seeing, mobile devices are becoming more commonplace and will eventually be used by all third party logistics firms.

With the potential for RFID enabled devices to carry data information with them, product and providence for identification and traceability become easier. Customers are going to be ready to order and process freight shipments anytime, anywhere, 24/7.

3. Dedicated Smart Technology from Third Party Logistics

Third party logistics providers will see the advantages of investing in smarter IT and software systems which may deliver a quick and solid ROI.

By decreasing inefficiencies, software like Transportation Management Systems (TMS), will drive down costs and save time. As voice recognition becomes more accurate, voice prompts and commands are going to be standard within the supply chain process, like stock inquiries or freight tracking.

Improved speech recognition software also will allow workers to speak directly with their Warehouse Management System (WMS) to enhance stock records, speed up order turnarounds and shorten staff training periods.

4. Leveraging Massive Data and Knowledge Sharing

Cloud-based technologies are going to be employed by the bulk of third party logistics companies as they embrace the new age of ‘Big Data’.

3PLs will recognize the necessity to permit client access to their own systems to enhance efficiency in areas linked to seasonal trends, and therefore accommodate the demands of flexible operations. Shared data will also allow the traceability of an item at any given point within the supply chain.

5. A More Globalized Economy

In 2020, an increasingly globalized economy is going to be more integrated. 3PL providers are going to be expected to figure on a bigger scale with a distinctly international outlook.

Distribution will also expand globally with more opportunities opening up. This will create a more complex supply chain, varied costs, increased integration processes, and thus a rise in expert third party logistics.

The 3PL industry will face many challenges within the future, but by 2020 the world will also have grown dramatically, largely due to the expansion of emerging global markets.

As we’ve seen with the meteoric rise of technology itself, change can happen swiftly. We will see more and more mergers & acquisitions over the approaching 7 years within the third party logistics world.

With such a competitive landscape, we will also see more standardization in the expectations of shippers and supply chain managers. The foundational businesses, those that actually start the wheels turning, will experience the end benefits.

At Brimich Logistics, we strive to stay on the most productive cutting edge of 3PL technologies in order to serve you better.

What is Co-Packing?


What is Co-Packing?

Contract Packaging Just May Be The Ticket To Growing Your Business

When people hear the term co-packing, also known as contract packaging, there are two questions they ask. “What is co-packing, and how does it work?”

This is an arrangement whereby a firm (let’s call them firm A) allows another firm (firm B) to handle the packaging of its products. Let’s look at co-packing agreements in depth.

How does co-packing work?

What is a co-pack agreement? Co-packing is an agreement between a firm A and its co-packer, firm B. It allows firm B to handle all the packaging processes for firm A.

This contract allows firm A to focus on its specialty, which is production, and firm B focuses on the packaging, branding, and logistics. The two companies have to come to a formal co-packing agreement which outlines the nature of their relationship.

Why do firms opt for co-packing?

There are many reasons why your firm might want to consider co-packing as a way of streamlining its business operations, including:

  1. Cost – For most firms that opt to enter into a co-packing agreement, cost is the main driving factor. Instead of firm A establishing a packaging unit, these costs can be saved by outsourcing the services of a co-packer.
  2. Technology – Co-packers invest a lot of resources in technology that helps to make the packing exercise smooth and time efficient. Many companies lack this technology, so it is necessary to seek a partnership with a co-packer.
  3. Spike in demand – A co packer’s services can come in handy if a company is experiencing a spike in demand for its products. This sudden increase may mean the company is unable to meet the packaging requirements at its facility, so they need to enter into an agreement with a co-packer.
  4. Specialization – Specialization is a core principle of economics and running a business. Companies that choose to specialize in one specific task might find the services of a co-packer to be necessary. This may inform their choice to enter into a co-packing agreement.

Which industries can co-packing serve?

Co-packing, as has been established, focuses on the packaging and branding of products given to them with permission from another company. The services of a co-packer can cut across many industries.

With the question of what co-packing is and how it works answered, the following list of industries stand to benefit most from agreements with a co-packer.

  • Cosmetics – The cosmetic industry is one that relies heavily on the right packaging to make a dent in the market. The services of a co-packer can help a firm in this industry to transform into a market leader.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Many times, medicine isn’t packed by its manufacturing firm. Co-packing is a crucial aspect of collaboration in this industry.
  • Beverages – Bottling companies are a must have for the beverage industry. Without them, it would present a challenge for a company to distribute its products.

Is Co-packing Right for You?

The answer to this question will be based on two things; what you produce and in what quantity. This is what determines whether your firm needs a co-packer.

Types of Managed Inventory – Part 2


Types of Managed Inventory – Part 2

Who Do You Trust to Manage Your Products Within The Supply Chain?

Transit Inventory

Transit inventory consists of goods that are still in transit between companies. When a transaction involves the shipping of large quantities, it can take days or even weeks to occur.

Transit inventory can also result in accounting and ownership issues for companies that don’t track shipments between locations.

Large firms use the services of freight consolidators to combine inventories from several locations into one shipping source to establish economies of scale and reduce the input cost per unit. Consolidating shipments increases the size of transit inventory as well as the transit time.

Buffer Inventory

Some firms find themselves in volatile conditions, uncertainty in terms of product quality and delivery times from suppliers, and fluctuating demand.

To protect themselves against these conditions, companies keep buffer or safety inventory, which is stock at hand that exceeds demand.

When a firm runs out of existing inventory, it doesn’t have to backorder items, and as it can source them from buffer inventory.

Customer service is a crucial motivator to hold buffer inventory, as the firm is less likely to run out of stock and make the customer wait for the next order cycle. Buffer stock also mitigates the risk of customers switching to another supplier for their orders.

Anticipation Inventory

Anticipation inventory is stock that firms purchase in addition to their current need when they anticipate an increase in demand.

When there are anticipated events like seasonal increases in demand or labor strikes, firms ramp up their orders or production to be able to meet all orders.

Retailers typically stock anticipation inventory before demand increase for, for example, Christmas or the back-to-school season.

Manufacturers also maintain or increase production when demand is low, so they have stock available when demand rises again.

Producing anticipation inventory also eliminates the need to employ additional means of production in reaction to a demand increase.

MRO Goods Inventory

MRO goods are the maintenance, repair, and operating supplies that support production processes. Firms consume MRO goods during production, but they don’t form part of the finished product as raw materials or work-in-process inventory.

Examples of MRO goods include:

  • Fuel, oils, lubricants, and coolants
  • Janitorial supplies, protective clothing, and uniforms
  • Packing materials and storage products
  • Tools, screws, nuts, and bolts

Secondary supplies to support the production infrastructure can also fall under MRO goods, for example, stationery, paper, and toner.

Theoretical Inventory

Theoretical inventory is the average inventory at a given throughput while assuming an ideal situation where is inflow, processing, and outflow rates are equal. In other words, no work-in-process item has to wait for processing.

Firms determine theoretical inventory to calculate the minimum amount of stock that is necessary to maintain the given process throughput.

Theoretical inventory = Throughput x Theoretical Flow Time. Theoretical time includes the sum of all processing times for one unit and doesn’t include wait times.

Work-in-process inventory is equal to theoretical inventory when the actual process flow time is equal to theoretical flow time.

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of this article here >>

Types of Managed Inventory – Part 1


Types of Managed Inventory – Part 1

What Can Be Measured Can Be Controlled – for Profit!

Most businesses that supply products carry inventory, which is a stock or store of goods. A company manages its inventory and keeps it at hand so it can meet demands or carry out its daily operations.

The types of managed inventory that a business has depends on the industry. For example, retailers have finished products in stock, and manufacturers use raw materials or work-in-process.

An organization must manage its inventory carefully to ensure that it can fulfill its reason for existence, especially in volatile conditions with fluctuating demand.

In this section, we’re looking at the different types of managed inventory.

Raw Materials

Raw materials are a type of managed inventory that manufacturers use in the production of product components, subassemblies, or finished products.

Raw materials typically consist of commodities, extracted products, elements, or objects that the firm extracted or purchased.

Commodities that organizations implement in their production process as raw materials include things like minerals, ore, wood, steel, and chemicals.

Raw materials can also be finished products like nuts, bolts, wheels, and engines if the firm purchased the inventory to produce components.

Work-in-process

Work-in-process is a type of managed inventory that:

  • Is not a raw material,
  • Is a component of a parent,
  • Is processed or about to be processed in the production system

Work-in-process inventory includes materials, components, subassemblies, assemblies released for initial processing.

This inventory can also be fully processed materials that are awaiting inspection before inclusion in finished products.

Finished Goods

Finished goods are completed products that underwent and passed final inspection and that are ready for order by wholesalers, retailers, or final users. This type of inventory does not have a parent in the production process.

However, the end-user may purchase a single unit to use as a component in another product, for example, car engines that are manufactured as finished goods and sold to wholesalers.

Decoupling Inventory

The machines in a production facility typically don’t have the same output rate. One station can take longer to process parts as the one before it in the production process.

Additionally, some machines may be removed from the production line for repairs or maintenance.

When looking at a functioning line, however, it may appear as if all the machines have a corresponding output and that the production process is flowing smoothly.

Production flows because of decoupling inventory or safety stock that ensures an indirect feed between devices and acts as shock absorbers in a production line.

Decoupling inventory prevents inventory from piling up at slow-moving stations in the production process, eliminating bottlenecks that can affect other stages in the process.

Cycle Inventory

Ordering or producing large quantities, the ordering cost per unit decreases. However, ordering large quantities can increase carrying and holding costs.

Economic order quantity is a concept that businesses follow to balance carrying and holding costs with the costs related to orders or production.

When the costs related to holding and carrying costs are equal, the total cost per unit is at its lowest. Cycle inventory is the excess stock that the business order to achieve this minimization point.

Continue to the second part of this series: Types of Managed Inventory Part 2

Pharmaceutical Warehousing Requirements


Pharmaceutical Warehousing Requirements

Pharmaceuticals Help Keep Us Healthy, But How Do You Keep Pharmaceuticals Healthy?

More than 131 million people use prescription drugs, which is 66% of all adults in North America according to the Georgetown Health Policy Institute. Many people depend on these drugs to manage severe or chronic conditions and maintain a certain quality of life.

The supply chain of prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical products must meet specific requirements. If a drug loses its quality or potency at some point between production and consumption, it offers no medicinal value.

Warehousing is a crucial component of the pharmaceutical supply chain management that contributes significantly to the wellbeing of millions of people.

General Information

In Canada, pharmaceuticals are regulated by the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFD) of Health Canada. In the United Sates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceuticals.

There are numerous regulatory standards that apply to pharmaceutical warehousing, products, and processes through the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMF) standards.

Included are several pharmaceutical warehousing requirements in the GMF standards:

  • Warehouses must store drugs in a manner to prevent contamination, and that allows for thorough inspection and cleaning of the area.
  • Each drug lot must have a unique and traceable code to allow for lot identification and lot status identification (approved, quarantined, rejected.)
  • Each drug in the warehouse must have written procedures that describe the processes for distribution and recalls.
  • The written procedures of each drug must describe appropriate storage conditions.

Appropriate storage requirements present unique challenges to pharmaceutical warehouses. Each drug has individual storage requirements in terms of temperature, lighting, and humidity. The warehouse must follow the drug manufacturer’s storage requirements to the letter.

Meeting storage requirements often involves setting and monitoring the environmental parameters of a storage section’s temperature- and climate control.

Temperature control involves controlling and monitoring the temperature of the facility.

Climate control refers to the regulation of a storage unit’s temperature and humidity.

What to Look for in a Warehouse Partner

A pharmaceutical warehousing provider should not only meet GMF standards, but the facility should also meet the following requirements:

  • The warehouse should be sterile with enough space for storage, maintenance, and inspection.
  • The facility should have sufficient ventilation and lighting.
  • The facility should have a dedicated quarantine area for drugs that are no longer usable.
  • The warehouse should have indoor and outdoor security systems in place to prevent unauthorized entry and theft.
  • The warehouse should be able to store drugs without specific storage requirements at room temperature.
  • The warehouse partner should be able to provide the client with written documentation of policies, distribution, inventory, and procedures.

Brimich Logistics for Pharmaceutical Warehousing

Brimich Logistics in Ontario provides a wide range of warehousing and value-added services. Our facilities are HACCP-compliant, and SQF certified. The benefits of Brimich Logistics include:

  • Real-time data on inventory
  • Efficient warehouse staff
  • Facilities to store pharmaceutical drugs according to manufacturer instructions
  • Industry-standard safeguarding against drug contamination

Brimich Logistics provides pharmaceutical clients in Ontario with responsive and reliable warehousing solutions. We are ready to assist you with your pharmaceutical warehousing solutions today. To learn more about our warehousing, logistics, value-added, and transportation services, contact us today.

What Are CFS Charges at Customs?


What Are CFS Charges at Customs?

If You’re Shipping Internationally, You Need to Know This

A Container Freight Station (CFS) refers to an area of a port where the loading and unloading of containerized cargo is completed.

This area, in most cases, is an extension of the port but still under the jurisdiction of the customs authority. Here is how CFS impacts logistics.

CFS Charges

One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to matters of the logistics of importing and exporting goods is, “What are CFS charges?

CFS charges refer to the fees that apply for each activity performed at a CFS, namely the import and export of goods through customs.

Various parameters determine these charges. In some cases, CFS charges can be uniform for a specified category of goods being handled.

CFS charges have a high impact on logistics when it comes to shipping goods into or out of a country. These charges can and will eat into a logistics budget if they happen to be higher than was expected.

If you are an exporter, it’s especially crucial that you understand what export CFS charges are. These are the charges that are involved when your containerized goods are packed onto the ship.

In some instances, the customs authority may liaise with customs authorities at the target destination so that they can charge an all-inclusive CFS fee that will cater for both countries, but this is uncommon.

This means that an exporter needs to always have the right information before exporting his or her goods.

How Does CFS Affect Logistics?

The smooth movement of your containers from one place to another is necessary for a logistics team to manage their products effectively.

This gives you both the peace of mind that is required to run a business and also allows you the confidence needed to make the right business decisions.

With CFS charges in play, a lot can change with regards to your logistics. This is how CFS affects logistics.

  • Delays – A failure to negotiate CFS charges on time is one of the leading causes of delays that are experienced in the logistics industry. It is necessary to have an agreement in place to prevent these delays.
  • Increased costs – CFS charges contribute largely to increased costs of logistics. For people thinking about getting into imports or exports, it is vital to partner with a firm that helps you with logistics to avoid these inflated costs.
  • Deteriorating relationships – CFS charges are usually a bone of contention between custom authority officials and the importers and exporters. Many of the deteriorating relationships between their parties are caused by CFS charges and the failure to agree to a figure that appeals to both.

How Logistics Companies Help

  1. Negotiate – Logistic companies help you negotiate CFS charges with customs authorities. This takes the stress off your plate, especially if you are not knowledgeable about matters of customs.
  2. Streamline the logistics – Logistics, handled on an individual level, require that you keep track of each movement. This can be quite hectic. Logistics companies do this for you.

Final Thoughts: Dealing with CFS Charges

There’s no such thing as a way around them when it comes to CFS, customs, and charges that may apply to your goods. It’s essential as a business, to partner with firms and agents that help make this easier for you.

Does Your Business Need Warehouse Logistics?


Does Your Business Need Warehouse Logistics?

Is It Time to Move Your Business in a Different Way?

You have a business, big or small, and it’s doing great. Your products are moving, and your orders keep growing—but as usual, you wonder, could we do more? The answer is yes, and warehouse logistics can help you expand.

What is a Logistics Warehouse?

Logistics refers to elaborate planning, organizing, and management of materials and products, as well as the implementation of various complex operations. Within several industries, such as warehousing, logistics also extends to define the flow of goods, both physical and informational.

Warehouse logistics encompasses all the details of product and information flow within a warehouse. Some of these details include shipment and receiving of parcels, management of the physical inventory, and the movement of more abstract goods such as time and information.

What is the Difference Between a Warehouse and Warehousing?

Beyond the definition of a logistics warehouse, one separates a warehouse from storage by the external use of each factor. A warehouse, for instance, serves as a commercial building that stores goods and is often used by business people.

Warehouses come in various forms; some can be temperature controlled while others have specialized designs to receive different kinds of goods.

Warehousing describes the function and actions required to ease the storing of goods. The intricate process of logistics within the business chain comes from efficient warehousing.

What are the Objectives of Warehousing?

The main goals of warehousing are:

  • Essential storage-warehousing should result in a safe, central location to store your materials and product
  • Accessibility -that location should be accessible and suitable for your product
  • Better inventory management-increase turnover and decrease shrinkage by tracking your inventory more efficiently
  • Shorter lead times-accessible, well-managed storage facilitates shorter lead times, which increases customer satisfaction
  • Reduce cost-efficiency in the warehousing process should result in reduced costs

Why is Warehousing Required?

The benefits of warehousing are far-reaching, both in the short-term and long-term. Here are some benefits that are proven from businesses who have consistently adopted a warehouse logistics model and a clear argument of why warehousing is required.

  • The inventory counts are real-time and accurate all the time. In a unified system, the warehousing process will calculate the inventory available at any given time, their specific locations, and their use.
  • The accuracy of the inventory also means a decrease in return items. In most cases, the goods get checked before being sent.
  • The inventory details also mean the stock will always be available. In most cases, the stock levels operate with a required minimum, which, when hit, will trigger the purchase of more stock.
  • Warehouse logistics also ensure that space is utilized effectively.

What is Warehousing in Supply Chain Management?

Warehousing forms an integral aspect of the logistics and supply chain management pattern. Put simply, warehousing is the process that makes a warehouse or storage area run smoothly within the supply chain.

The success and expansion of any business largely depend on its ability to perform well in warehousing logistics.

What Is Flute in Packaging?


What Is Flute in Packaging?

How to Choose the Best Packaging Flute to Protect Your Product

One of the most crucial aspects of logistics is the packaging of goods. Packaging materials provide much-needed security for the items stored inside, and carton boxes are among the most popular packaging materials. The strength of these carton boxes is based on the flute.

Flute refers to the material contained between liner boards of the carton box. The construction of the flute helps to make the carton more durable and able to withstand more pressure. It affects how easily the box dents and the height the boxes can be stacked for shipping.

How thick is flute corrugated?

The thickness of the flute is essential in determining how sturdy the carton box or shipping container will be. Most flutes found in the packaging of products made by a standard flute lamination machine is around 0.25 mm in thickness.

This thickness can vary depending on the product being packaged and the specific requirements of the client. However, most clients will want to buy ready-made packaging materials, and most ready-made packaging utilizes a standard flute lamination machine.

What is the difference between E-flute and B-flute?

  1. The major difference between the E-flute and B-flute is the number of flutes per square meter. This number determines the strength of the box and its printability. While generally, E-flutes have more flutes per square meter, they are thinner in size. This gives them more storage space at the expense of strength. These types of flutes fold easily and can become distorted quickly. Additionally, they are the best to print on, as their size allows them to roll through printers easily.
  2. B-flute packaging is more suited to carrying heavier products or goods. These type of cartons contain fewer flutes per square meter, but the largest arch size, which adds to their strength at the expense of space. The thickness of the flute limits the space in the cartons; B-flutes are twice the thickness of E-flutes. B-flutes are also less suited to printing. All that matters when it comes to them is capacity and strength.

What is the strongest type of cardboard?

The strongest type of cardboard happens to be corrugated cardboard. Its strength is owed to the fact that it contains larger flutes. These larger flutes contribute to making the corrugated cardboard boxes sturdier and allow them to stack higher without bending. For the most durable type of cardboard, corrugated cardboard is the go-to option.

What is take up factor in corrugated cardboard?

Take up refers to the pressure that a corrugated box can withstand with other similar boxes stacked on top of it. It is directly related to the material used in making the corrugated box, the number of flutes, and their size. Boxes with B-flute are known to have a better take up ratio compared to boxes made with E-flute.

Final Thoughts

Logistics without proper packaging is a futile endeavour. It is crucial that you factor in matters such as the flute to facilitate good logistics.

How Warehouse Automation is Changing the Storage Industry


How Warehouse Automation is Changing the Storage Industry

Warehouse Automation, it’s Benefits and the Future of Logistics

If you work in the warehouse or logistics business, then chances are you have heard of the changes that warehouse automation is already bringing to the industry.

There are two sides to the coin, however, with some people saying that warehouse automation leads to loss of jobs, and others being happy that warehouse automation will lead to a new world of increased productivity, efficiency, and accuracy.

The truth is, however, that warehouse automation will not completely take away human jobs. There are so many things that people still must do in the warehouse that machines cannot. To form an educated opinion on this topic, let’s investigate warehouse automation a bit further.

  • How do warehouses work? A warehouse is basically a place where goods are stored while awaiting distribution to the customer. However, with 3PLs, warehousingnow has incorporated so many other services and solutions. It is possible for a company to outsource all of its supply chain management duties to a 3PL.

In the warehouse, goods are received, inventory movement takes place, goods are stored, and shipped. At the receiving dock, a clerk receives the entire inventory and all the documents pertaining to it are collected.

A receiving log is made to ensure that all expected inventory of the day is received. The inventory is then moved to the space it has been assigned by the warehouse’s certified and licensed movers. When the time comes, the warehouse also ships the products to the final destination.

  • What is an automated warehouse? Warehouse automation can help make the warehouse processes much easier, faster and more accurate. For instance, conveyor belts can be used to move products from one part of the warehouse to another. Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) is another commonly used automation technique. Automatic data capturing, automated vehicles, bar code scanners and readers, back office automation, and inventory automation are all processes that can be done in a warehouse to ensure that efficiency is enhanced. All of these processes also require use of specialized software for the capturing and storing of data.
  • What is warehouse process? Not all warehouses are the same, but most of them have a basic process that occurs for goods that are coming in and going out. This process is as follows: Receiving, put-away, picking, packing, dispatching, returns, and value addition.

An automated warehouse is one in which part of its day-to-day processes are carried out by machines and systems. It is difficult to automate all of a warehouse’s processes, because people are better at carrying out certain processes.

Warehouse automation can bring many benefits. It improves efficiency and accuracy in the warehouse, and can also help save money by reducing the number of employees needed to carry out warehouse processes.

And, with warehouse automation, space utilization is dramatically improved, as well as shipping costs; denser pallet cubes can be created, leading to more tightly packed trucks, and efficiency in shipping. This can reduce costs by up to 10%.

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