WERC 2019 Takeaways: Upskilling Managers is Imperative to Drive Workforce Productivity

WERC 2019 Takeaways: Upskilling Managers is Imperative to Drive Workforce Productivity

I recently returned from the annual WERC (Warehousing Education and Research Council) conference in Columbus, Ohio. During the sessions I attended, the various networking events, as well as the session I presented with Ethan DeWall from Martin Bros. Distributing Co., a reoccurring theme appeared: the struggle to attract and retain talent is a continuing challenge that organizations face across...

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How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

The distribution industry is going through a monumental shift. Industry disruptors, like Amazon, are constantly finding new ways to change the game. To keep pace with competition and mitigate the risk of lost business, many distributors are fulfilling each unique client request – regardless of how it impacts operations. In many cases, this means putting undue stress on warehouse staff to meet...

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Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Last month, Silicon Valley powerhouse investor SoftBank announced a $1 billion investment into industry-disrupting freight forwarder Flexport. Softbank’s investment is an affirmation that successful PE firms investing in the freight industry are looking beyond the short-term capacity issues in the market, and instead looking at companies that are shaping the future of the industry.…

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How Safe is your Supply Chain?

How Safe is your Supply Chain?

Over the years, the utility industry has developed an ingrained safety culture. When we think about these safety programs, we often think of the hard hat, the steel-toe boots, flame resistant clothing, keeping three points of contact as we climb the stairs, and dozens of other little things that can make big differences when it comes to safety.…

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Achieving the Full Potential of Your Warehouse Automation Investment

Achieving the Full Potential of Your Warehouse Automation Investment

We recently partnered with a large multi-site distribution client to conduct an assessment. They were operating with a mix of newer, automated facilities and older, highly manual facilities. In addition to the evaluating operational and management effectiveness, the client was interested in an analysis as to whether they were using their automation investment to its full potential.…

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Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

On January 10, 2018, Geoprise Technologies Corporation, the maker of GM-X ERP, announced that it has partnered with Coin Sciences Ltd, maker of the MultiChain blockchain platform, to launch an ERP application leveraging blockchain technology to enable secure business-to-business collaboration and others are quickly following suit. Let’s take a step back to understand what blockchain is and...

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The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

By 2020, Millennials (also known as Generation Y) will represent half of the global population. Furthermore, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964), will be retiring at a faster pace than ever. Generation X will not be able to fill all of the open positions, pushing Generation Y into leadership roles much sooner than previous generations.…

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Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Over the last few years, I have led teams of West Monroe consultants through Productivity Blueprint Assessments at many different types of clients within the retail, distribution, and LTL trucking industries. The West Monroe Productivity Blueprint is an assessment based on P.U.M.P. methodology (i.e., Productivity = Utilization x Methods x Performance) that is designed to pinpoint areas of...

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