The Importance of Maintaining Labor Standards

A common mistake companies make when implementing labor management is overlooking the ongoing cost to maintain labor standards for their operations. Companies will spend large sums of money implementing and engineering their labor management system, but if they do not maintain their standards, they will often become inaccurate within a year or two, rendering the […]



Plugging the Gaps in your Data

Continuing the discussion of data driven standards and the gaps in data that all companies have to deal with, this blog will address the problems of missing work flow data and missing metrics.   Missing Work Flow Data A normal warehouse management system (WMS) will only capture about 50-60% of the actual work flow that […]


Data Driven Standards

Advancements in technology are giving us access to new methodologies that before were too burdensome for computers to work with. New “Big Data” tools allow us to process volumes of data that 10 years ago could not be handled. In the world of industrial engineering, this has given rise to a different way of calculating […]


Cost to Serve – The 4th Dimension of Process Analysis

Objective and measurable employee performance standards are an excellent way to drive workforce engagement, improve productivity, and measure process improvement. The most common method of deriving performance standards is through the use of Engineered Labor Standards (ELS). This involves an industrial engineer conducting time and motion studies, data analysis, and industry best practice methodology to […]


Thinking Beyond Labor Management

The tight labor market and finding good people is on the top of every manager’s mind right now, so maximizing productivity with labor management is a very hot topic. However, we also need to think long term because there is one thing that is constant and that is change! There has been a lot of […]


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 […]