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WERC: Spreading Safety- Engaging Warehouse Employees & Leaders

WERC: Spreading Safety- Engaging Warehouse Employees & Leaders

Alpine Supply Chain’s Michael Wohlwend and Brenda Stoltz moderated a webinar with WERC, the Warehousing Education & Research Council. The full webinar is below along with the transcript PDF.

For more information regarding warehouse safety, Covid-19 readiness and HR Solutions feel free to contact Alpine directly using the form to right.

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Catch Michael Wohlwend’s Take on the Importance of Warehouse Management in Supply Chain Dive

Catch Michael Wohlwend’s Take on the Importance of Warehouse Management in Supply Chain Dive

Alpine’s Michael Wohlwend was quoted in Supply Chain Dive, “The Changing Face of Warehouse Change Management,” sharing insights on training and retaining good warehouse employees and to creating a favorable work environment. New technologies can completely alter a worker’s daily job, requiring operations executives to take a strategic approach to managing labor through the change.
 
“When Amazon opened a Chicago facility with $15 hourly pay, 80 of the 220 workers at a 3PL in Chicago called in sick,” Michael Wohlwend, managing principal at Alpine Supply Chain Solutions, told Supply Chain Dive. “Pay is important, but it’s only part of workers’ calculus. Many eventually returned to the more favorable working conditions at the 3PL,” he said.
 
Read the full article here
Alpine is now Goods to Person Technology Certified

Alpine is now Goods to Person Technology Certified

Alpine Supply Chain has recently been certified by three different Goods to Person Technology Providers: @Opex “Perfect Pick,” @GreyOrange “Ranger” and @Slate River Systems Integrators “RAFT” solutions. Goods to Person technology has gotten quite a bit of buzz lately, and rightfully so. With the rise of e-commerce, the volume and mix of orders increases pressure to store, pick and deliver goods in a faster and more efficient manner.

If you are challenged with what items to designate and at what velocity, Alpine can identify the items that will work best in different Goods to Person options, and will develop an estimate for assessing the potential ROI for the investment.

Warehouse E-Commerce Capabilities

Warehouse E-Commerce Capabilities

Adding e-commerce capabilities to a traditional retailer’s warehouse – If your warehouse is designed for Put-to-Store, Flow through, or Batch Pick & Sort by Store strategies, new capabilities to fulfill e-commerce orders include picking eaches, processing orders with very few lines, parcel shipping, and managing tight cutoff times.
 

Warehouse e-commerce:

Consider new options to leverage your facility, like put walls, unit sorters, or separate E-commerce waves. Conduct a storage-type analysis to identify the ideal size and quantity of pick locations and evaluate distribution networks to increase next-day service and store pick up.
If you need help adding e-commerce fulfillment to your warehouse, give us a call!
Free Business Intelligence: WMS Systems White Paper!

Free Business Intelligence: WMS Systems White Paper!

Are you looking for better metrics from your Warehouse Management System?

Business Intelligence is all the rage these days, and Alpine now offers a WMS Advanced Reporting solution that can give you data for days, including:
 
-Key Performance Indicator (KPI) analysis
-Trend analysis
-Financial performance tracking
-On-time and In-Full performance
-Function-specific cycle times
-Dock-to-Stock
-Capacity
-Labor Management
-Fill rate
-Inventory on hand
-Cycle counts
 
If you want more in-depth, actionable data from your JDA, see our white paper, “Operational Efficiencies Realized Through Business Intelligence” to learn how need-based reporting can breathe life into a stagnant WMS.
 
Catch Michael Wohlwend’s Take on the Importance of Warehouse Management in Supply Chain Dive

The Rise of Robots in Distribution Centers

Check out this great article I saw in Supply Chain Dive about the dramatic rise of robotics in distribution centers!

At Alpine, we’ve been working with many of our clients on the same thing. As the cost of labor is rising and the cost of automation is coming down, the tipping point for robotics is upon us. Many of our clients are analyzing opportunities for robots and we have recently helped three of them justify “goods to person” system. And, we are installing one right now!

In addition, the success of several robot installations in a “Layer” pick environment has been proven, so now we are working with several CPG companies to develop an adoption plan for this application. There are some great insights from Gartner in the article, as well, from their “Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Execution Technologies” report. Check it out!