The growing Internet of Things (IoT) is on its way to connecting billions of pieces of equipment, consumer products, smart home systems, electronics, and other items. That represents a revolutionary way to collect data from far-flung assets, improving predictive maintenance, providing remote troubleshooting and control capabilities, and creating new ways to leverage large amounts of data that was never before available. Mobility plays a similar role. Every partner, employee, and customer is potentially available anywhere…
There are a number of technologies that can help improve warehouse efficiency, but there is one that is so common within the warehouse that it might be overlooked as a productivity tool — the barcode label. Labeling is part and parcel of inventory management at many warehouses, but an effective and holistic labeling strategy can extend the benefits of the technology to different operational areas. Barcode labels are designed to provide increased picking productivity and…
The transportation and logistics industry has traditionally been defined by trucks and infrastructure, but over the past several years technology has begun to change that. The use of mobile computers, GPS solutions, electronic tolling, and electronic vehicle logs have revolutionized logistics. Other new technologies are poised to have just as big an impact, and the future of logistics will be marked by new advancements. It’s important for transportation companies to stay up-to-speed with these developments,…
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy that is focused on continuous elimination of waste in business processes through small or incremental improvements. Created by Toyota, it has since been adopted by many companies and across a number of industries. According to lean methodology, there are seven key sources of waste to focus on: 1.      Labor 2.      Overproduction 3.      Space 4.      Defects 5.      Unnecessary human motion 6.      Inventory 7.      Transportation Both manufacturing and distribution operations have…