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Efficient Loading Practices

  
  
  
Efficient Loading Practices

When you’re in the business of constantly loading and unloading trucks throughout the day, it becomes very apparent that the way you load things into a truck can make unloading them either very efficient, or a terrible experience. If you’re new to loading and unloading, there are a few things to remember; some of which are common sense, and others may be foreign concepts.

Distributors: Navigating Federal & State Regulations

  
  
  
Distributors Navigating Federal and State Regulations

While shipping regulations for trucks and truck drivers are federally controlled, drivers still often must stop at weigh stations immediately, or soon after, crossing a state line. States generally won’t have different regulations, but they might require authorization and, if nothing else, trucks must be weighed and sometimes inspected, and Hours of Service log books will get checked.

Minimizing dimensional weight charges

  
  
  
Minimizing dimensional weight charges

As fulfillment continues to progress and companies that value logistics continue to strive for further efficiency, new methods are employed to ensure that things are as cost effective as possible. Dimensional Weights (also known as DIM Weights) are one way that fulfillment companies, particularly parcel handlers like FedEx and UPS, are attempting to ensure they’re still profiting from small or lightweight packages, even though they may take up a significant amount of space in a vehicle.

What MKM Has Learned About Employee Retention

  
  
  
What MKM Has Learned About Employee Retention

The short answer: MKM has learned a ton about the benefits of employee retention. Yes, we’re biased because, as much as we care about the business benefits of keeping employees longer, we care about our employees being a part of our family, forging relationships over the years. But we’re here to talk business: how inspiring and holding onto our employees has been a huge boon to our business.

Cleaner Warehouse, Fewer Returns

  
  
  
Cleaner Warehouse Fewer Returns

Some businesses believe that, as long as the job gets accomplished, the condition of the jobsite or warehouse doesn’t matter. Dirty, unorganized, sloppy—if you can tag the word “done” after any project, you don’t have to worry about keeping things clean. To a certain extent, you do need to do whatever it takes to get a job done, but, when it comes to distribution, a clean workplace—and clean product inside of that workplace—are huge components of getting the job done.

Ask these three questions about cleanliness in your warehouse and at the stores you shop at.

Which One Would You Buy?

Here’s the situation: you go into a grocery store and are looking at cans of soup to purchase. You find the brand you want, the type, and there are two cans left. One can has a small amount of dust on it. The other can is completely clean. Which one do you buy? You buy the one without the dust. It’s simple, but it makes the difference between what you buy and what you don’t buy.

When you don’t keep your warehouse clean, the product that leaves isn’t clean—it ends up on the shelves looking unappealing. Or the packaging is damaged. Or a shipping label is on the product itself. Any blemish to product that comes out of your warehouse becomes a small amount unsellable. When you keep vigilant about maintaining a clean warehouse, you raise a standard that every piece of product that leaves your doors is floor-ready.

Where Would You Want To Work?

Not only does a clean warehouse improve the quality of product that you send out, but ask yourself this: if you were a picker, how would your attitude change if you worked in a spotless environment or if you worked in an environment that was consistently disorganized and dirty? The quality of work you produced would likely reflect the kinds of conditions you were working in. When you have a dirty, disorganized warehouse, your employees are going to be less likely to have pride in the work they do, leading to picking errors, shipping errors, and a general ambivalence to their jobs. Change that with a cleaner work environment.





The Art of Break Time

  
  
  
art of break time

Your break times throughout each day are critical for your wellbeing and for your ability to work accurately and, most important, happily. Your team and coworkers need to make use of their break times, too, even when there’s more to be done—more that could get accomplished. When we allow our brains and bodies short periods of rest or meditation during the workday, we increase our attention span and our attention to detail, which makes customers happy to do business with us.

Investigating New Delivery Routes

  
  
  
Investigating New Delivery Routes

There are dozens of reasons that a delivery route may need to change: a new retail outlet just off the standard route, a new distribution center in a different location, an influx of new drivers. Logistics is about making the most of the time you have, and being as efficient as possible. For delivery routes, a key component of efficiency is understanding the delivery route thoroughly, and doing plenty of research before you send your driver on the first trip.

When Your Building Has Reached Capacity

  
  
  
When Your Building Has Reached Capacity

Capacity and building size play a large role in logistics, and it’s vital to know when your building has actually reached capacity. Once it has, you have two options: hold steady and stop growth, or add on to your building or move to a new one that allows you more space. There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s due time for you to consider a new, larger building.

The How & Why of Free Returns

  
  
  
The How Why of Free Returns

Reverse logistics are often an animal that no company particularly wants to handle, but for anyone in ecommerce, it’s necessary. No matter how efficient you are at picking the correct items, packaging well, and shipping, there will always be customers who decide to return an item for one reason or another. And reverse logistics aren’t necessarily cheap. They’re an added cost that must be factored in to ecommerce budgets.

Marketing & Distribution in the Modern World

  
  
  
Marketing and Distribution in the Modern World

Marketing, now more than ever, is responsible for a lot of the business we do, but especially in the world of ecommerce. Sales are now announced the day they’re occurring, and retailers can boost their sales by simply shooting an email to their mailing list, and allow sales to go far longer than normal storefront hours would allow. But what effect does this have on distribution?

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