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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?

Check, Re-Check, Reduce Returns

  
  
  
Check Re Check Reduce Returns

When product arrives at a distribution center, this is the first part of a long line of checking to ensure that the product a customer sees on the shelves is in its best condition. This means checking the quality of the product when it arrives at a 3PL, re-checking the product when it’s picked, and checking the product a third time when it is returned to store for any reason.

Fleet Maintenance: Can You Keep The Trucks Going?

  
  
  
Fleet Maintenance Can You Keep The Trucks Going

You own your own fleet—or you’re deciding whether or not to invest in a fleet—and now it’s a game of figuring out how to make the trucks’ working-lives last. If you aren’t able to keep the fleet in good shape to increase longevity, you’ve lost on that initial investment of buying trucks already. The best way to save on your investment is to keep your fleet running well, for as long as possible, by keeping up on routine maintenance and repairs.

Container Processing at MKM

  
  
  
Container Processing at MKM 0714

When you constantly receive containers from across the Pacific packed full of various sizes, quantities, and types of merchandise, unloading those containers can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re low on space and don’t have the trained staff who know how to organize that merchandise.

When Do You Know You’ve Outgrown Amazon?

  
  
  
When Do You Know You Have Outgrown Amazon

Amazon already towers over all other providers when it comes to the B2C side of distribution, but now it’s making further strides to monopolize and become the world’s largest 3PL for B2B. Should you, as a business owner, be leery of that kind of relationship and involvement? How do you know if working with Amazon for order fulfillment is the right choice for you, or if their growth limits your specific needs?

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