Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Many companies look to increase the efficiency of their workforce through implementing new work methods, labor standards, and technology. However, a critical piece of the improvement process is often overlooked – performance management. According to Wikipedia, “performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to...

Read More

How Retail Companies in Emerging Markets can Work Smarter

With the world’s second largest economy, China is a rapidly growing force within the global economic community. China has experienced remarkable growth rates averaging 10% for the last three decades, resulting in a strong demand for labor. For instance, total urban employment increased by 115 million from 2001 to 2011. However, as China’s economy continues to develop and the labor force must...

Read More

Receiving Standards Made to Work Part II: Job Setup

In my last blog, I spoke about inbound processes that will set you up for success on the receiving end. Now let’s talk about the actual receiver’s job setup and how that can further your success. The operating plan and tools provided to receivers will ultimately determine the success they are able to achieve during the work day.…

Read More

The Dollar Signs Behind Ergonomics

Ergonomics is a term that people tend to throw around loosely. They assume that ergonomics is a “silly” concept that only includes guidelines on pre-workout stretching and how high your desk should be. But, ergonomics has a much greater ripple effect on the work place. Ergonomics touches everyone from the order selector to the office worker.…

Read More

Inventory Management and Realizing the Full Potential of Engineered Labor Standards in Distribution Centers

Inventory management is often talked about as a way to keep track of product to reduce shrink and maximize profits. However, poor inventory management can also affect the proper implementation of discrete labor management systems such as FLEXdls or Red Prairie. These systems rely on accurate item counts, case cube measurements, slotting sizes and case weights to produce accurate engineered...

Read More

Receiving Standards Made to Work Part I: It Begins with your Inbound

The Inbound. Is it the bottleneck of your operation? Throughout the duration of the inbound and outbound operations, any single hiccup from the inbound operations can compromise the successful execution of the operating plan and could very well affect customer service in the end.  Two critical ingredients to preventing these hiccups and executing consistently and efficiently are utilizing a...

Read More

Everyone’s Incentive – Avoid Making Your Incentive Program a Bottom Line Burden

Many in both labor and management would agree that incentive programs for warehouse employees on engineered labor standards (ELS) are beneficial to all parties involved.  They provide financial motivation for employees that demonstrate the ability to perform their job at a consistently high level.  Employees achieving at a consistently high level equates to shorter overall operating spans, and...

Read More

Maximizing your Workforce Performance

For any operation, Engineered Labor Standards (ELS) provide a tool for you to benchmark how well your operation can perform.  The challenge for any operator is answering the question on “how” to achieve that level of performance.  Engineered Labor Standards require both the building of the standards and the ability to execute on those standards.…

Read More

The Case for a Truly Discrete Labor Standard

In a recent DCVelocity article titled “5 ways to cut DC costs”, five options for reducing costs in a distribution operation were discussed. While all were great options for any decision maker to consider, there is a sixth option that I believe stands out from the rest. The cost of labor in most distribution centers today constitutes 65% or more of the total operating costs associated with...

Read More

The Hidden Gains from Effective Warehouse Slotting

As labor standards experts, we often see the same issues across all distribution centers that impact the benefit of the labor standard we are building. For example: order selectors having to rebuild their pallets because, halfway through the order, they are trying to find room for several 30 pound buckets. Or one aisle in the produce department is always a traffic jam as every order selector...

Read More

To change or not to change?

I work with a variety of clients but one thing that seems consistent across all of them is the ongoing question of where to find the time and money to change their processes and/or systems in the hopes of achieving long-term gains. Margins are tight, time is precious and priorities are ever-changing.…

Read More
Phone: 312-602-4000
Email: marketing@westmonroepartners.com
222 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60606
Show Buttons
Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Hide Buttons