We are proud to welcome Jim Chamberlain to the Alpine team! Jim has over 30 years of engineering experience in distribution and the supply chain. He spent 24 years with DSC Logistics where he led teams that provided innovative solutions for Fortune 500 companies. As a Managing Director, he will focus on layout design, start-up support, innovation, value added services, engineered labor standards, labor management, Continual Improvement (Lean & Six-Sigma), material handling management, and operations excellence.
We are excited to have Jim as part of the leadership team at Alpine Supply Chain! His passion and experience is exactly what Alpine customers have grown to expect, “I am excited to be with a team that is so passionate about working with customers to improve their supply chain operations,” said Jim. “Being with Alpine is like being part of a family – we work together, collaborate, and care about each other personally and professionally. I think this spirit is noticed by our customers and makes a difference in the solutions we create with them.”
- Has led over 50 successful labor management implementations that reduced each customer’s variable labor expense by an average of 20+%
- Develops enhancements to WMS on an on-going basis to drive costs out of supply chain for existing and new customers. Examples include Directed Putaway, Directed Replenishment, Accu-Pick, Pick & Load Optimization, Metrics, Voice Pick
- Implements web-based Material Handling Equipment programs that significantly reduced spend by analyzing and acting on intelligence information related to lift trucks, batteries, chargers
- Focuses on best practices within logistics centers to ensure consistent, high performance across entire network regardless of business vertical and consignee special requirements
- Has led team of packaging engineers that focused on low-cost manual and automated product transformation projects that allow customers to differentiate their merchandise within retail stores
Industry Organizations and Associations:
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
- Warehouse Education and Research Council
- Institute of Industrial Engineers
- MTM Association, Board of Directors
- JDA, Warehouse Labor Management Special Interest Group Chair
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.
About Michael Wohlwend:
Managing Principal, Michael Wohlwend spent six years with SAP running the Mid-West Services business, where he was the executive sponsor on 3 SAP EWM installs. Michael also spent seven years with Manhattan Associates where he was involved in over 30+ installs. In addition, his responsibilities included RFID in a BOX. Prior to that as a member of consulting and software firms, he provided supply chain solutions for more than 30 top companies including Technicolor, Warner Brothers/Elektra/Atlantic, Sargento Foods, Johnsonville, IKON Office Solutions, Depuy, Schwarz Pharma, Long’s Drugs, Ross Stores, QVC, eLuxury, Alliance Beverage and Churchill Distributors.
In his 25 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Wohlwend has authored numerous articles for trade publications and has presented more than 70 seminars and speeches at key industry events. These events include National Conference of Operations & Fulfillment (NCOF), Warehouse Education Research Council (WERC), Council of Logistics Management (CLM), ScanTech, Distribution Computer Expo and ID Expo. He has been a board member of WERC since 2008 and Past President in 2014.
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 Technology options, and will develop an estimate for assessing the potential ROI for the investment.
How it works:
“The goods-to-person concept is simple: incoming goods are removed from pallets, either manually or automatically. The cartons and/or pieces are then placed into totes (smaller goods) or into trays (larger goods), and stored in high-density automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), carousels or robotic systems. As orders are required to be fulfilled SKUs are automatically retrieved from storage and brought to the picker, either at a pick station where the operator picks into an order container or to an ergonomic palletizing station where items are placed on a pallet. Since the picker does not have to walk, the focus at the pick stations and pack stations is on ergonomics and high productivity.” – Material, Handling, & Logistics
Alpine is growing! We are pleased to announce that Dave Kressin joined the Alpine team and will be supporting both the Supply Chain Strategy and Supply Chain Systems Practices. Dave Kressin is a very talented and driven supply chain leader with over 30 years of logistics industry experience, including a background of planning, designing, and product management for software companies. He can see the true potential of new processes, technology, and provide an ROI based on the strength of that knowledge. Dave’s experience as a software product manager combined with his vast operations experience is a unique skill set that will add value to our customer’s projects.
Dave is a very talented and driven supply chain leader with a proven track record of helping others recognize their potential for success and making it happen. His strong expertise in managing distribution, procurement, accounting, transportation, technology, inventory production, inventory control, operations and safety projects in the Logistics industry gives him a strategic perspective of the business, their processes and best practices. Dave’s professionalism, approachability, tenacity and positive attitude is contagious and affords him a reputation for cultivating high functioning teams that exceed their potential delivering projects on time and on budget. His management style is based around mentorship and providing an understanding to both executives and line managers.
Dave’s 30+ years of experience includes planning, designing, and product management for software companies. This combined with business analysis and implementation experience gives him a unique perspective of the industry. This experience and knowledge allow him to assimilate new technology quickly and apply it to his projects. He can see the true potential of new processes, technology, and provide an ROI based on the strength of that knowledge. He enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and excelling at unique challenges. Dave is a true business partner and critical thinker that leads by example and makes the tough decisions.