Labor and Automation: Complementary, Not Conflicting

Human labor and automation are not mutually exclusive–they can work together for optimal results. We’ve previously discussed the fluctuating state of the United States supply chain, and how the whiplash-inducing change in demand caught companies unprepared and in a state of chaos. These changes have forced companies to adjust their operations heavily toward E-commerce, which […]

Data Insights from Wearable Devices

We are experiencing an explosion of data being created from internet-connected devices. Wearable devices are starting to gain a foothold in the market, and they can provide new insights into how work is being performed in the warehouse, manufacturing plant, or out on the road. Although wearable data by itself can provide useful information, its […]

Employees Gaming the System

Pay for Performance (PFP) can be a powerful tool to reduce the unit cost of labor in a Distribution Center while also increasing the take home pay of the workforce. Although the vast majority of employees will focus on doing their job as effectively as possible, it is important to make sure that you are […]

Using Easy Metrics to Track to Budget

A top priority for most General Managers is meeting their monthly budget. Since labor is usually the largest controllable expense for most operations, gaining visibility and control over these costs can be a crucial component in a person’s ability to succeed in that role. One approach to this challenge is to map out in detail […]

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