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Top 10 White Papers of 2017

We had some great white papers published in 2017, here are the 10 that you enjoyed most (plus a bonus)!

 

8 Real World Lessons Learned from an LMS Implementation 

Labor Management, also known as workforce management, is about getting the most out of employees while rewarding those who go above and beyond and helping those who fall short. In a warehouse setting, the majority of cost is the labor force required to run the facility. “Labor expense is typically between 20% and 70% of overall organization costs, so even small reductions substantially improve margins.”

 

A new Labor Management System (LMS), one of the principal components of an effective workforce management program, can provide many benefits to a company. This guide will offer advice on how to avoid roadblocks and how to get the most out of an LMS based on an implementation enVista completed for a large scale athletic apparel retailer.

 

Program Management – The Glue that Binds the Facility Design Project 

The purpose of executing a program management plan is to lead a successful operations transition into new processes, methods or equipment in order to satisfy project goals and objectives. The program is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually. Programs may include elements of related work outside the scope of the discrete projects in the program.

 

Program managers must have good project management skills, but they are not handling individual projects. They are working toward the best interests of the organization as a whole. These outcomes are not mutually exclusive, however, because a program may only be successful if the component projects are executed successfully

 

Now is the Time for a New TMS – Here’s Why.

Shipment management sits as a major expense in the overall supply chain for most companies. However, adoption of a transportation management system (TMS) can provide many different benefits to companies as they seek to optimize their shipping management. A TMS is used to plan freight movements, provide freight rating and shopping across all modes, select the appropriate route and carrier, and manage freight bills and payments.

 

A TMS also provides improved transportation planning, increased execution accuracy, greater shipment visibility throughout the process, improved workflow management an dexception handling, and improved auditing time and accuracy. The biggest savings from a TMS can be attributed to load consolidation, lower cost mode selection, and multi-stop route optimization.

 

The Pros and Cons of Put Walls 

The ever-increasing number of online orders and heightened customer expectations has led to the order fulfillment process becoming increasingly accelerated and complicated. When it costs nearly six times more to gain a new customer than to retain a current one, retailers cannot afford a misstep in the order fulfillment process. Additionally, rapid stock keeping unit (SKU) proliferation has led to diversification in order and product profiles. Challenges in managing aggressive delivery timelines and SKU proliferation have companies scrambling to find effective and flexible solutions that can keep up with the ever-changing landscape of order fulfillment. One of these solutions, Put Walls, has become an important element in many retailers’ order fulfillment strategies in an effort to reduce errors, increase efficiency and speed up order fulfillment time.

 

To Automate or Not to Automate…

Today, competition in the beverage industry is at an all-time high. Distributors are searching for meaningful ways to increase productivity in their distribution processes, lower operating costs, and differentiate themselves in a crowded market by accommodating fickle consumer taste paired with frequent launches of new products. So how are the most successful companies winning in this fiercely competitive environment? Through automation. Automating warehouse and order fulfillment operations has become the primary strategy to ensure the realization of supply chain productivity and fiscal goals while maximizing customer service levels. Read this white paper for eight operational considerations to drive organizational

competency for automated distribution systems.

 

Find the Money: How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help 

The Spend Diagram is a simple way to begin your strategic assessments; it is an easy to read, one-page visual that helps you "find the money" in your transportation operations. Leaders in transportation look for ways to reduce costs while improving service levels as they conduct strategic assessments or design solutions. Using the Spend Diagram to document freight flows and costs on a single page is the best way for a transportation team to collect data and focus their efforts; this will help to keep it simple, communicate the operation and costs to the executives, and prioritize efforts.

 

The New Role of CRM 

For much of their history, businesses have used customer relationship management systems (CRM) as nothing more than digital contact repositories with no real touchpoints. Companies that knew they needed to keep up with the speed of innovation knew that they had to digitize their contact database, but it was done with no real end goals in mind. But with recent innovations, a CRM can be more than just a digital rolodex. When CRM is utilized properly, it can reach its full potential in terms of customer engagement. With a plethora of additional features and services added over the last several years, CRMs bring a return of investment (ROI) of $8.71 for every dollar spent. This makes a CRM a must-have for any business

in today’s customer-focused marketplace.

 

Goods-to-Person or Person-to-Goods?

When it comes to deciding between a GTP and a PTG order fulfillment solution for your distribution operation, there is not a single, clear-cut solution. There are many factors that must be considered before arriving at the order fulfillment solution best suited for your business.

 

WMS vs. WCS vs. WES 

Many companies are at a crossroad when deciding whether to invest in a warehouse management system (WMS), warehouse control system (WCS), warehouse execution system (WES) or a combination of the three. In this white paper, enVista explores the specific functionalities of each solution in depth, pinpointing where systems intersect in order to allow businesses to determine which systems best meet their needs.

 

Optimum Facility Design: The Dos and Don’ts of Planning 

Facility design involves more than just warehouse configuration. It also calls for strategic thinking that identifies long-term goals and sales strategies, and a significant amount of cooperation among all parties involved. In this white paper you will learn the right ways to proceed with a facility design and some common mistakes, the definites of key data profiles that should be collected prior to initiating the design, and why you should come up with at least three different design alternatives before moving forward with a build.

 

 

Bonus: Is Your WMS Implementation on the Verge of Failure? 

With all the challenges that come with implementing a WMS, things can spin out of control quickly if the right steps and processes are not followed. Even worse, if you go live without complete control of the implementation, you may slip into a downward spiral from which it is nearly impossible to recover. Without the proper benchmarks in place, it can be difficult to know the exact progress of a WMS implementation. It is also very important to recognize the warning signs which indicate that a WMS implementation is lagging or even on the verge of failure.

 

We hope you enjoyed all we had to offer in 2017 and you’ll stay tuned for what’s to come in 2018!

 

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