To meet growing e-commerce demand, alleviate labor shortages, and build more supply chain resilience, businesses will need to deploy strategies to engage workers in a digital era.
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Syfan worked with colleges and universities around its headquarters to develop a program to meet current hiring needs as well as build a foundation for the future.
Understanding the underlying causes behind the logistics labor shortage is key to addressing it. Here are the strategies implemented by Taylored Services to combat the shortage.
Responding to e-commerce surges without compromising service levels, MD Logistics flexed labor across its business by emphasizing four core elements.
Hygiene plays a critical role in manufacturing employees’ safety. Industry leaders must consistently prioritize employee health and provide the tools, resources, and appropriate working conditions to achieve hygiene compliance and ensure successful recovery.
Leadership profile of Robert Johnson, CFO and COO of Future Tech Enterprise.
Faced with a labor shortage exacerbated by the pandemic, MD Logistics developed a recruitment strategy to attract talent for present-day conditions as well as allow for continued growth.
To capitalize on what they’ve learned, transform, and thrive in a post-COVID world, supply chain leaders should focus on these five pillars: people, finances, decision-making, infrastructure, and customers.
These 10 tips for clear and effective supply chain leadership can help set your company's culture and motivate employees to work together toward a common goal.
While different industries often have varying talent and skillset needs, investing in creative, intuitive and dedicated people translates to investing in your company’s future success.
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the supply chain. Here's how to protect this invaluable asset and address the driver shortage.
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
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By focusing on the frontline workforce—the biggest component to delivering the perfect order—companies can uncover hidden costs, maximize performance, and manage compliance risk.
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
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Establish training and mentoring programs to ensure employees have the knowledge they need.
New forklift-based technologies can positively impact safety goals in your facility.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
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Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Successful continuous improvement initiatives require focusing on achievable goals.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
Shippers must adapt to accommodate federal Hours-of-Service rules affecting the time truck drivers can be on the road.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Building strong teams can facilitate Lean initiatives in warehouses and supply chain operations.
Solid workforce training, appropriate metrics, and well-designed incentive programs give companies an advantage in building their supply chain labor pool.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
When a provider gives you the excuse that the driver shortage is causing all your supply chain woes, don’t fall for it.
Here’s how organizations within the supply chain ecosystem can take progressive actions to help bridge the gender gap and create a more equitable workplace across all roles and levels for women and working moms.
About 99% of professionals aged 30 and younger say that working in supply chain is a quality career choice, according to a Penske survey, with 58% pursuing a supply chain career due to its beneficial societal impact delivering essential goods during the pandemic.
By focusing on supply-side accuracy and timeliness in your supply chain, you can not only cut down on unnecessary excess inventory and outages, but also plan and meet demand more precisely in this volatile environment.
Industry insiders share the initial and most impactful steps they would take to address the truck driver shortage.
The logistics and supply chain industry still is severely affected by the pandemic, from canceled sailings to a shortage of truck drivers. Frustration and anxieties are higher than ever. It’s time to be selective about what software you introduce and implement. How do you choose the right tech? It starts with empathy.
From managing distribution channels to boosting visibility and security, the pharmaceutical and life sciences supply chain mixes complexity with risk. Here are the technologies and strategies that inject efficiency into supply chains.
Supply chain leaders share their takes on how the pandemic has affected supply chain partnerships.
Warehouse employment has reached new highs as e-commerce sales are higher than any previous point in time. Businesses may need to increase salaries by as much as 3.5% to compete for talent for such high-demand roles.
To build a program that has the strength and support to last, follow these practices and leverage your staff’s experience and expertise.
Most cold chain businesses say that taking extra measures to protect the workforce is their No. 1 issue, according to the Global Cold Chain Alliance's survey studying the ripple effects of COVID-19. Other key findings include:
Key lessons learned and implemented throughout the years that are vital in not only navigating a pandemic but also being able to do so efficiently.
With great adversity comes great creativity—that’s how Annette Danek-Akey, EVP of supply chain at Penguin Random House, helped quickly convert a new facility into a picking and shipping point to meet the fluctuating demand for books.
Supply chain has the capacity to quickly adopt new technologies, adapt to new working conditions, and remain highly productive. The "new" technologies for collaborative work are not really new, however.
As the country moves toward a new normal, what will the workforce look like?
Profile of Lyndsi Lee, vice president of supply chain with hardware and home improvement wholesaler True Value, who drives end-to-end supply chain optimization, develop integrated planning and logistics strategies, and build best-in-class sourcing programs.
Leadership profile of Juliann Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex
Globally, 85% of employees report that they’re not engaged at the workplace. Manufacturing, retail, and distribution teams can take three steps to ensure that employees stay engaged and thrive in their roles.
A labor market in which it is increasingly difficult to recruit, train, and retain workers is a major factor driving growth of the automated materials handling equipment market in North America, finds BCC Research.
Managing peak period shipment volume is a structural challenge in the U.S. economy. Thomas Eldridge Campbell, chief strategy officer of Capacity, shares five techniques that can help warehouses maintain service level agreements during peak demand periods.
In the competitive world of business, every organization is seeking an edge—a catchy marketing phrase, an innovative product launch, improvements in efficiency and productivity—something to create a little separation to provide that illusive competitive advantage.
From devices that detect unsafe postures to an exosuit that assists with lifing tasks, these wearables and hands-free solutions increase safety and productivity in warehouses.
Here are five key factors that contribute to improving and optimizing truck driver retention rates.
2021 will be remembered for labor challenges and shifts in thinking about employee engagement. These supply chain companies are leaning into educational opportunities and the profession’s societal impact to attract workers and increase job satisfaction.
In last-mile logistics, a combination of quality talent, technology and the human touch quickly brings about improved efficiency, increased transparency, and limited freight damage.
COVID-19 exposed inefficiencies and points of failure in all aspects of our supply chains—from processes to people and technology. Now is the time to address these challenges to help limit the impact of inevitable future disruptions.
Marcia Brey, vice president of distribution at GE Appliances, used constant communication with the executive team and front-line workers to implement new safety protocols and keep all facilities running when the pandemic hit.
A supply chain resilience stress test is a key first step in assessing risk. A comprehensive stress test assesses resilience across these five factors.
Innovative technology increases productivity, combats unpredictability, and streamlines processes. An augmented, connected worker is more efficient and more valuable than ever before.
Profile of Marc Hansult, co-founder and co-chief executive officer with DRTR (Do The Right Thing) Apparel.
Shippers utilizing IoT technology now have more data at their fingertips than ever before. When it comes to optimizing this information to keep workers safe from illnesses such as COVID-19 and injury, here are three tips to keep in mind.
The latest COVID-19 Manufacturing Survey from Thomas Insights illuminates emerging trends in reshoring, labor, and technology, and reveals a positive outlook for the future of manufacturing.
How technology innovation is changing the nature of many warehouse jobs.
Although 57% of organizations say they're piloting automation processes and 93% of employees are optimistic automation will make their jobs easier, digital transformation efforts often fall apart. Many companies rely on IT to drive transformation without engaging other departments, creating bottlenecks.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the industry expected a driver shortage of more than 50,000 at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, it’s projected to only get worse. By the ATA’s projections, the shortage could extend to more than 174,000 drivers by 2026.
Supply chains are undergoing unprecedented restructuring driven by competition, demand shifts, and trade wars—circumstances further accelerated by COVID-19. Here are five ways to support the digital transformation of logistics by connecting deskless workers:
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