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Talking to Your Planning Department Can be a Crucial Cost Saver

With the holiday rush in full swing, communication between planning departments and warehouses must be better than ever. An article in the November issue of Distribution Center Management shows the way.

(Boonton, NJ, November 10, 2011) — Communication between planning departments and distribution centers is never more important than now, with the holiday rush in full swing.

Yet too many companies have unwittingly erected communication barriers between their forecasting departments and their warehousing operations, says Ralph Cox in the November issue of Distribution Center Management.

Cox, a principal at Tompkins Associates notes that while managers are well-versed in their area of expertise, they often don't know other areas well.

"That's why you end up with warehousing operations disconnected from planning departments, and vice versa," he says

If you're feeling the effects of that sort of disconnect at your DC, Cox suggests making an effort to fix it. The simplest, most straightforward solution is to ask your planning department to sit down with you and explain the demand-forecasting process. While you're at it, make certain the planners understand how their decisions affect the DC.

Cox recommends focusing the conversation on activities that impact receiving, labor and space utilization.

The full article appears in the November issue of Distribution Center Management newsletter.

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