Category Archives: Sustainability

What Is a Warehouse Management System and Can It Improve Your Supply Chain?

warehouse management concept

A warehouse management system (WMS) is quickly becoming essential in today’s supply chain industry. A WMS is a piece of software that guides the day-to-day functions of your facility, including order tracking, shipping and receiving and inventory management. Instead of manually reporting and tracking orders, the system will help you automate this process, enabling you and your team to focus on the task at hand.  Continue reading

4 Items Guaranteed to Improve Food Processing Plants

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Food processing is one of the most important aspects of the global supply chain. Food processing facilities make up around 15 percent of the value of shipments from all U.S. manufacturing plants. These companies are responsible for making sure everyone has access to food, whether it’s your local grocery store, community food bank or a large agricultural plant. Continue reading

Keeping Your Warehouse Clean: Organization Tips and Sanitation Requirements to Follow

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The coronavirus outbreak is quickly changing the way we think about sanitation in the warehousing industry. These essential facilities tend to be filled with warehouse personnel, along with valuable supplies that need to make their way to consumers. When managing a warehouse, you need to make sure your team members are following basic sanitation guidelines to prevent the spread of disease. Providing face masks and other PPE will help keep your workers safe and healthy. If you fall behind on these sanitation requirements, your workers could easily get sick on the job, bringing your facility to a grinding halt, or they could pass these germs onto the end consumer, further exacerbating the outbreak. Continue reading

3 Tips to Improve eCommerce Fulfillment Efficiency

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Efficiency is usually top of mind when it comes to running an eCommerce fulfillment center. You and your team need to quickly retrieve items, prepare them for shipment and get them out the door so they can be delivered as fast as possible. For online retailers, the average cost to fulfill an order is 70 percent of the average order value. That means your business is only making 30 percent profit off every item that leaves your facility. Continue reading

4 Storage Tips to Help Improve Your Steel Manufacturing Process

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The U.S. steel industry is going strong. According to the International Trade Commission, total U.S. steel production in 2018 increased to 86.6 million metric tons from 81.6 million metric tons in 2017–an 11.4 percent increase. However, studies show trade tariffs and other geopolitical factors have put the steel industry on edge. Demand tends to fluctuate on a dime as customers take their business to different manufacturers all over the globe. It’s all about getting the highest-quality steel at the most affordable price. Continue reading

A Helpful Guide to Safe Handling of Hazardous Materials

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Hazardous materials are a staple of the global supply chain. The U.S. alone receives more than $2,334,425 worth of hazardous materials every year. Companies that ship, handle and store these products need to maintain proper safety protocols at all times. A small error could easily spiral out of control. Leaks, spills and cross-contamination are just some of the concerns these companies may face. Staff members may be exposed to harmful substances. These materials can also severely damage the natural environment, leading to costly fines from the federal government. Continue reading

Optimize Your Supply Chain with Reusable Packaging

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In case you haven’t heard, the reusable packaging industry is on the rise. It’s projected to grow from USD 37.9 billion in 2018 to USD 51.2 billion by 2023. That’s quite a jump in just five years.

So, why are so many businesses and consumers investing in reusable packaging? Reusable containers and packages can reduce shipping and labor costs, improve efficiency and help save the environment. Consumers are starting to prefer reusable or recyclable containers as well. Investing in reusable containers helps you make the right impression on your target audience. Continue reading

4 Ways to Utilize Wire Carts in Your Warehouse

Wire carts can be a major asset in your warehouse. While they may not always get the attention they deserve in the warehousing industry, you can use them to improve the ergonomics of your facility. They can also help you improve the order fulfillment and item retrieval process, helping you and your team get products out the door as fast as possible. Continue reading