- Experience is the new differentiator. From store promotions to inhouse events, retailers want to give you a lasting impression and they're not afraid to bring out the big show stoppers to do it.
- Community sponsorships. Let's face it, aside from forums and review sections, you don't really get a sense of the warm fuzzies from e-commerce.
- Learning events. Or simply, allowing others to see how your products are made and how they can use it to the best of its abilities. These labs are designed not only to be fun, but also to educate and turn the average consumer into a connoisseur.
- Balance events. The focus on improving ones wellbeing went from trend to necessity. Stores and companies are now encouraging their customers to participate in marathons (with or without a cause), group meditation and they are constantly raising awareness on the benefits of a clean and healthy lifestyle.
- Push to being able to fulfill at multiple points of supply chain
- Reverse logistics (what happens if there isn’t a pickup?)
- Push to becoming more efficient – warehouses, DC, and 3PL will all feel the pinch
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
On January 21st, 2015 at 1:30 PM EST we will be hosting a web session on how to keep Visual labor tickets up to date in real time. We will be doing demos, passing on tried and true methods and answering audience questions.
Want to achieve the following?
- No longer manually recording labor tickets on the shop floor and again in the front office
- Eliminating the delays of duplicate data entry, which causes your staff to not trust the inventory on hand
- Using material planning or scheduling modules for proper capacity planning and catching cost overuns earlier
- Setting up teams to capture labor time more efficiently
Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
While there are very few of us who are genuinely excited about doing a cycle and full inventory count, we must take the task at hand with the utmost seriousness. Why? As supply chain experts, we understand the consequences of inaccurate inventory and how it can negatively impact productivity, revenue and service levels.
On November 19th, 2014 at 1:30 PM EST we will be hosting a webinar on the topic of best practices for managing inventory, including full physical and cycle counts. We will be discussing several considerations and approaches on the subject, as well as strategies you can utilize right away.
While this session is geared towards Visual ERP Manufacturing users; there will be many insights for anyone charged with cycle count responsibilities. Based on our 20 years plus in warehousing, you'll be leave our webinar with the know how to make your next count far less complicated and definitely more productive.
Interested? Then please register HERE to secure your spot! This webinar is free but spots are limited.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Last week I had the good fortune to attend the 28th
Annual Conference on Transportation Innovation and Cost Savings where not only did I learn a new term; “Supply Chain Compression”, but returned home greatly enlightened on the future of retail in North America.
So what does transportation have to do with retail? Apparently everything.
According to Jim Danahy, speaker and CEO of CustomerLab, it’s all about the "last mile". Ten years ago the Telecom industry faced an issue, which was how to deliver high speed internet access to people’s homes in order to make it possible for them to do video streaming, movies on demand, etc. They called this the "last mile" and obviously they figured it out. The retailers’ ‘"last mile" refers to the act of delivering product to the consumer anytime and anywhere.
Today’s consumers are relentless in their drive to obtain the best product at the lowest possible price and in a time frame acceptable to them. To this end, today’s consumer is using an omni-channel approach – buying from traditional bricks and mortar retailers, wholesale marketplaces, and the internet.
The end result is that traditional retailers and transportation executives are being challenged like never before. Squeezed by pure internet retailers like Amazon, these two groups have to figure out a way to deliver goods in the most cost effective way while meeting increasingly tight delivery windows. As an example, Mr. Danahy showed how a customer got a baseball cap ordered through E-Bay and delivered to him at a park bench in Manhattan in 90 minutes.
The Retail Revolution is about retailers going omni-channel and Supply Chain Compression is its natural consequence. Home Depot and Sobeys are shrinking their store sizes so that they can locate them on busy city streets accessible only by public transit or foot. At the same time they’re also ramping up their web presence to allow for both at home and mobile shopping. And this revolution is not just about convenience, consumers are travelling to food terminals and farmers’ markets to obtain the freshest produce at the lowest price.
In this omni-channel world of retailing, the retailer who figures out how to compress their supply chain will be victorious. For the AIDC industry this represents a great opportunity; retailers and transporters will need greater visibility of their goods throughout the supply chain and in the case of food they’ll also demand more traceability information, which is a consumer’s assurance of quality and safety.
I’m very excited about the Retail Revolution since products and data capture go hand in hand – data has to be available anytime and anywhere if the associated product is to be made available anytime and anywhere.
Posted By: Jeff Lem @ 4:48:07 PM
Monday, October 06, 2014
We mentioned a couple blog entries back that we collaborated with a survey company to collect some relevant data on inventory best practises and today, we want to share them with you—in infographic form!
As inventory experts, we pride ourselves in our wide array of expertise, which include but are not limited to barcoding, printer media, business infrastructure, WMS and break-fix services. We understand the utmost importance of a healthy warehouse ecosystem and how it is the very foundation to a profitable organization. It’s how we do things here and it’s what we do for our many customers (4000 and counting!)
When we received the results and poured over them with our team, we concluded that it is indeed a barcode nation out there. A leaping 53% of the 150 companies surveyed indicated that it will be the most beneficial tech in warehouse technology in the coming 3 years and it is constantly improving their own inventory practices (from the ability to track inventory moves to the holy grail of them all, data accuracy).
For 20 years we've been promoting inventory best practises to our customers, curious parties who stumbled onto our humble blog and especially to our very own team. And now, we want you to check out what industry leaders and professionals are doing in their warehouses.
And what’s an infographic without some tips and tricks? We have 3 e-books available (download free!) for you to peruse at your leisure and if you would like an appointment with one of our barcode experts for an in-depth explanation of the results, we will be happy to hook you up with a free appointment. Remember, we've got your back!
Jeff LemPosted By: Jeff Lem @ 2:49:03 PM
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
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Friday, July 11, 2014
3. Wi-Fi Positioning Systems (WPS). The WPS uses a MAC address of your WiFi device
2. Payment Capture. From this blog entry, you already know we're a fan.
1. Wearable Technology. Think google glasses, smart watches, but...bigger. An integrated piece of tech that does everything your mobile phone can and hopefully even more in the near future. With wearable technology, it can/will utilize the above 4 and will hopefully bring forth a new era of productivity, efficiency and accuracy.
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