5 Must-Haves for Job Coding

Job coding is imperative for a successful labor management system; without it, you will be able to see only 50-70% of the work performed in your operation. In today’s hyper-competitive supply chain, that missing visibility can have a major impact on your operations. If your operation’s annual labor spend is $5 million, not using job […]


7 Must-Haves for Good Labor Management

Good labor management has become a necessity in today’s very competitive distribution environment. In our hundreds of implementations, we have learned that there are 7 key factors you must have for a successful labor management program (LMS). They are: 1. Track 100% of Time – The goal of any labor management system should be to […]



The Challenge of Seasonal Labor

Happy Holidays! To most of the United States, those words bring thoughts of family and fun. However, for those of us in distribution, they can bring a sense of dread for the massive rush of product that must flow through the supply chain to meet insatiable demands. This rush is also commonly referred to as […]


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 […]


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 […]