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Receiving Best Practices

"In today’s world of increasing customer expectations and delivery requirements, a distribution center’s overall velocity can impact how well they survive in their local markets."

In "Receiving Best Practices" written by Kevin Ledversis, Newcastle Systems, Inc. and Derek Browning, LeanCor, the authors discuss the key principles to decreasing bottlenecks and increasing velocity in the DC. 

The need to increase efficiency (or velocity) in distribution centers is due in large part to the growing expectation that order-to-shipment time is now measured in hours not days.  

"Process improvements should be targeted at minimizing the wastes of the warehouse, namely excess motion and transportation that occurs when work-stations are not where they should be or materials are not stored or received as they should be."

With labor being one of the highest expenses in a warehouse operation, streamlining human processes is key to velocity. One way to do that is by using mobile powered carts which allow the work station to be brought to the point-of-need.

"By minimizing unnecessary “touches” and the number of steps that workers have to take on the warehouse floor, shippers can essentially double workforce productivity while also eliminating costly waste. It’s really simple math."

 

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Getting in Step with "Mobile Printing"

As a general guideline, medical experts recommend 10,000 steps a day as a good level of activity for personal health.  To get to that number, I walk everywhere; taking the long way just to elevate my step count.  However, the same 10,000 steps may not be a sign of health in your business . . . especially when it comes to your label printing operation.   

 

Centralized Label Printing

Printing labels at a centralized location and then bringing them to the point of use is petty standard practice in many business.  However, centralized printing has it's flaws.  It may seem like a big deal, but it does take time to walk back and forth to a centralized place to pick up labels.  And if changes are required, the trip is being taken more than once.   

Warehouse putaway tasks often suffer from delays due to time spent at the centralized printer and routing turnaround. A recent Zebra study determined that using mobile printing during putaway operations improved processing time by 62%
— Zebra Technologies

Labeling at the Point of Use

As evidence by the study conducted by Zebra Technologies, mobile printing brings label printing to the point of use and can significantly increase productivity throughout the supply chain.  Read the Full White Paper

However, if you already have stationary printers that are doing a good job of printing labels, you may not have the resources to invest in mobile printers.  

Never fear.  Newcastle Systems has the answer . . . Mobile Workstations!

Newcastle Systems provides mobile workstation cart solutions to suit the specific needs of a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare, and education.

Because of the activity level in a typical warehouse and the importance of knowing exactly what you have in inventory and where it is located, the DC is a good place to start when considering mobile workstations for labeling at the point of application.

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Wondering which unit is best for you?  Visit our website for more information on mobile workstations from Newcastle Systems

Are there areas in your organization that could benefit from labeling at the point of use?  Not sure where to start?  Contact us to start the conversation!