Mobile device management (MDM) software allows IT administrators to manage tablets, smartphones, and other mobile computers via the cloud or an MDM server. For enterprise-wide mobile solutions, MDM provides valuable functionality that makes it easier to deploy the hardware, manage and maintain the devices, and keep the entire mobile ecosystem secure and up to date. While functionality varies among the various MDM tools available, in general they can help deploy software to all devices simultaneously,…
Inefficiency can have a corrosive effect on warehouse operations that goes way beyond shipment velocity or throughput. Lack of efficiency can have a domino effect across different warehouse activities, leading to missed shipments, returns, customer chargebacks, and ultimately lost business. Optimizing warehouse efficiency requires a mix of technology and process changes that, taken in tandem, can both cut costs and create new business opportunities. Here are some key strategies for improving warehouse efficiency: Process Evaluation:…
There's a subtle difference between inventory management and inventory control. While opinions vary, most categorize inventory management as more of an external-facing process that involves forecasting, ordering, and making sure you have the right amount of inventory in the right locations. Inventory control, on the other hand, is all about how you handle that inventory once it's inside your warehouse. As such, it's an important warehouse operation that has a huge affect on how quickly…
When it comes to customer service, the success of a direct store delivery (DSD) operation is typically gauged by timeliness, order accuracy, and the DSD company's ability to reduce both out-of-stocks and shrink/spoilage or returns. But DSD companies may be missing an opportunity if they aren't leveraging presales and merchandising solutions to boost performance with their customers. Presales and merchandising aren't just informal fishing expeditions. The presales process should be as well documented as the…