How do organizations judge the success of their warehouse and distribution center operations? They judge them on how streamlined work processes combine with fast and accurate worker output to meet and exceed customer expectations in today’s highly competitive, high-volume omnichannel marketplace. In other words, they judge them on productivity.
To succeed in today’s global economy, businesses have to play all the angles. For retailers striving for sustainability in the fast-evolving marketplace, there are a number of angles that are key to enhancing productivity and increasing revenues and profitability.
It’s all in the wrist. It’s a phrase you often hear said about professional tennis players or really good major league hitters. Hank Aaron and the late Ernie Banks come to mind. Its meaning is basically that you can achieve the result you want—acing a serve or hitting a home run—using less strength and more control.
It’s also a phrase that has much to do with maximizing worker productivity in today’s retail warehouses or distribution centers. Addressing worker productivity challenges requires a thorough understanding of the science of human factors in warehouse operations.
Have you seen the television show “American Pickers?” It features a couple of guys who travel around the country looking for cool stuff— ranging from old advertising signs to 1930’s toys to Indian motorcycle parts—in old barns, stores and collectors’ lairs. Some of the most prized “finds” are old arcade pinball machines, like a 1946 Fastball Wood Rail Pinball Baseball Game or a 1954 Williams Spitfire Wood Rail Machine.
This is the final post in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices.
Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 4: The Importance of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
When a business is considering deploying a new mobile computing system, the first question is usually “how much is it going to cost?” The fastest answer is to simply add up the acquisition prices for specified devices, accessories and applications. But the reality is, in today’s complex mobility environments, purchase price is only one of many factors that determine the true cost of your deployment. Most businesses find there are substantial differences between simple acquisition costs and the much more complex—and much more accurate—ongoing operational costs.
This is the third in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices.
Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 3: Management, Support and Control
Choosing the right mobile devices for your specific business environment is only half the battle. Equally important is ensuring that those devices remain in top working order, are utilizing the most up-to-date versions of your critical applications and aren’t kept in service past their useful lives. This places a premium on mobile device management (MDM), support and repair services and lifecycle-based management of devices, applications and accessories.
This is the second in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices.
Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 2: Training, Security and Connectivity
With the broad range of options available, it’s no simple matter to choose the best mobile devices for your environment’s specific communications requirements. As a follow-up to my initial post on navigating the mobility maze, here are three additional considerations to keep in mind as you select devices for your business that help you minimize risk and maximize productivity.
This is the first in a series of four blog posts on mobile devices.
Navigating The Mobile Device Maze, Part 1: Applications, Data Capture and Power
As businesses become more reliant on mobile communications, virtually every organization faces a question that, chances are, you also face. How do you choose the right mobile devices for your operations? It’s a simple question, but the answer isn’t so simple. It depends on a number of factors, starting with what kind of business you’re in and what you’re asking your mobile technology to do.
A few weeks ago I went to see the third installment of the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay. The best part of going to the local movie theater, is that it is situated in the middle of an outlet shopping mall. Ironically, that’s also the worst part of going to the movies.
Lately, I’ve noticed restaurants increasingly advertising that their ingredients come from Farm to Table, meaning they are sourced from local farmers – and in some cases grown by the restaurant owners themselves. Now, the Locavore movement is not new, but it has gained popularity over the last few years.