Warehouse Industry Trends Presented to WERC

WERC, the Warehouse Education and Research Council, is a really fantastic organization that has done a lot to help educate professionals in the distribution industry. Easy Metrics was fortunate to be able to present at a WERC conference back in 2014. Since then, our industry has gone through a massive transformation, and WERC invited us […]

Unit Cost – Measurement of Continuous Improvement

One of the challenges when measuring process productivity is deciding on what measurements and metrics to use. Industrial Engineers take a reductionist approach and try to get as much process detail (metrics) as possible. This is useful, but makes it very complex to determine and measure ongoing improvement. From an IE perspective, all of those […]

Process Map for Continuous Improvement

Among the first steps in Continuous Improvement is to map your processes. One of the easiest ways to do this is to walk through the operation starting from the where things begin and then walk through every step until the final step and the product is shipped/delivered. During the mapping process, it is useful to […]

Data – The Key to Continuous Improvement

The business world has evolved to one of data driven decision making. From our own experience, we have seen a multitude of times where the data paints a completely different story than just managerial observation. As part of any Continuous Improvement effort, measuring the processes you are trying to improve is critical and that requires […]

Measuring Continuous Improvement

Most companies have continuous improvement initiatives ongoing at any given time.  There are a variety of continuous improvement methodologies used such as Kaizen, Six Sigma, Lean and Total Quality Management that all have similarities.   One of the common improvement models is PDCA: Plan: Identify an opportunity and plan for change. Do: Implement the change on […]

Top 10 Predictions for Warehouse Operations in 2018

1. The Datafication of the Warehouse will accelerate. The current trend of datafying the warehouse will continue and accelerate. More companies will utilize equipment telematics and begin testing wearables. The challenge will not be in creating the data but in sorting through the ever increasing volume of data and making sense of it. New big […]