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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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IIE Annual Conference Experience

I attended last month’s IIE annual conference in Orlando. It was a great opportunity to learn, educate others, and network with students and peers. I had the opportunity to see what professionals and academia were doing in the labor management field as well as other Industrial Engineering areas of study. I was able to see where new technology is being introduced into our discipline as...

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