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Top Reasons to Outsource Your Warehousing and Distribution Needs

Warehousing and DistributionCosts are tight in fulfillment, meaning you have to save money wherever you can. If it’s difficult to pinpoint where to cut costs, consider outsourcing your warehousing and distribution as a catch-all solution to save money. Here are some reasons why outsourcing can be the cost-efficient answer.

1. Reduced Capital Investment

You might have the desire to do your own warehousing or own your own warehouse/storage unit, but with the fees for warehouse and fleet management, security, temperature controls, and other related costs, you may want to think twice. Having a third party handle it for you can save you money on all these charges.

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How to Choose a Warehouse Management System

warehouse solutions management MiamiIncorporating an efficient warehouse management system is an essential part of any company’s operations. Successfully managing packages at every point of the journey takes a cohesive system that involves many parts.

But before any kind of warehouse management system can be implemented, a company must be aware of its needs. There is no blanket system that can fit all businesses. Each company has its own challenges and opportunities, and an effective management system will identify both.

Choosing the right system is important, and there are ways to ensure you decide on a system that will enhance your business operations.

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How to Improve Warehouse Productivity

Warehouse FulfillmentManaging warehouse fulfillment requires handling labor, freight, and inventory; three pieces with numerous factors. Properly managing, storing, and shipping goods is important not just for organizational reasons, but for profiting purposes as well. Any method that can improve your warehouse’s productivity or efficiency benefits the people that ship to you and those that you ship out to. Consider these methods when looking for ways to improve warehouse fulfillment productivity.

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Gear Up Your Fulfillment Warehouse for the Holiday

APSFulfillment_image_122215The holiday season is here and millions of shoppers are furiously scanning web sites or running down to stores to shop for friends, family, or even themselves. At this time of year, consumers are purposely looking to spend, and as a business, you need to show them that they can and should spend with you.

The question is: are you ready? Your business and warehouse fulfillment services need to be ready to handle the onslaught of sales that are sure to occur or may be occurring as you read this. Much of this preparation should have already taken place, but you may have other spikes throughout the year, so it’s always good to know what steps need to be taken in order to keep up.

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How to Avoid the Warehouse Bottleneck

two workers in uniforms in warehouseWhen talking about production flow, “bottlenecking” refers to certain points where everything slows down compared to the activity that preceded it. A simple example would be a conveyor belt that delivers products down to where packers box and ship them. If the conveyor belt delivers more product than the packers can handle, the result is a bottleneck as everything slows down to match the speed of the packers. In terms of warehouse efficiency, bottlenecks are highly undesirable and impact productivity and morale.

Causes of Bottlenecks

A bottleneck happens whenever a given point on the chain can’t handle the volume flowing into it. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but there are some more common culprits that can be pointed to.

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How to Have a Safer Warehouse

APSFulfillment_image_102715Your warehouse is a key part of your business. It forms the heart of your distribution center as products flow in from suppliers and out to customers. Warehouses are highly busy environments filled with heavy equipment, large boxes, heights, and forklifts. With all of these factors at play, maintaining a safe workplace is essential. Fortunately there are a number of steps that can be taken to further improve warehouse safety. With these tips, you will be able to take pride in knowing that your warehousing solutions are able to provide a secure and safe work environment.

Ensure Safe Forklift Operation

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports, there are around 95,000 injuries and 100 deaths every year from forklift accidents. Common causes of accidents include improper loading, running into (and toppling) shelves, and running over other workers. Forklift safety starts, but doesn’t stop, with ensuring only properly trained and certified workers operate the vehicle. Racking systems need to be protected as well, such as by installing bumpers at the end of the aisles and being quick to replace any damaged racks.

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Keys to Improving Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management TipsWarehouse managers have the difficult task of keeping track of all the materials in a warehouse, including where products are currently located and where they should be. You would think the advancement of software has made this job somewhat easier—and it has to some degree—but software advancement has also led to added responsibility.

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Critical Factors When Seeking Offsite Storage and Warehousing

Warehouse Fulfillment Services in FloridaEven in the age of e-commerce, almost all businesses will need storage and warehousing solutions. Your office and transactions may be digital, but a physical product still needs somewhere to rest before a customer places an order. Having said that, choosing the wrong product storage option can end up making your business harder to carry out and less efficient. APS Fulfillment, Inc. is a leader in e-commerce and warehouse fulfillment services in Florida and know what factors can make a prospective warehouse solution sink-or-swim. Here are three important considerations to make when looking at your product storage and warehousing candidates.

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When Selecting an Order Fulfillment Warehouse, Location Matters

Warehouse locationWith modern technology, people now think they can do everything more or less remotely. For the most part, it’s true; you can do a lot of remote work and outsource many duties. But while you have some freedom in terms of your own location, you also have to consider the location of your third parties. This is especially important with warehousing fulfillment. Below are the long-term benefits:

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Changing Your Inventory Storage

Changing Your Inventory Storage

Late deliveries, poor product quality, bad product care; there are merchandise fulfillment problems faced by many fulfillment centers. These problems of course need to be rectified, but many businesses don’t even know the source of the problem, and by the time they figure it out, it’s too late to save the business.

Storage is an area that has become more refined to prevent these problems. If you’re questioning the quality of your warehousing facilities, here are some ways to repair the storage that holds your goods. 

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