Optimize Efficiency in the DC
(Boonton, NJ, May 14, 2009) Nobody can ignore that today's DC has a significant impact on the profitability of an operation. By reducing direct costs, the distribution center can often add millions of dollars to the bottom line, says Chris Werling, president and a founding partner of supply chain management consulting firm Cornerstone Solutions.
With this in mind, Werling provides readers of the May issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management with seven steps to optimize the efficiency of their distribution operations.
What are those steps? One is to go back to the basics.
"While there are a number of high-profile things that you can do to improve the efficiency of your DC, none of them mean a thing if you don't have a handle on the basics," he says. "Automating bad processes simply means that you'll be doing the wrong things more efficiently. Start with the basics and make improvements in these areas first. Once that is done, you can move on to other areas."
Werling also recommends looking at automation, benchmarking, and improving employee relations as ways to boost efficiency in the warehouse.
To read the full article, "Seven ways to optimize efficiency in today's warehouse, visit the Distribution Group website and click http://www.distributiongroup.com/articles/DCM0509persp.pdf.
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