On the road to supply chain success, your organization may find itself at a crossroads when it comes to your distribution operations. As business grows, you’ll increasingly close in on the capacity limits of your distribution center (DC). At some point, the economic benefits of expanding and redesigning the DC will be substantial enough to justify the expense
Our goal is to help you deploy world-class distribution operations rooted in an optimized facility layout. We support companies in this endeavor in the following ways:
Engineered labor standards (ELS) allow you to effectively evaluate performance for your associates and supervisors against multivariable standards. These represent the level achievable by the average trained worker, working at a reasonable pace over the course of a day. By factoring in the variability that affects each task, having ELS in place removes the excuses that can result when expectations aren’t met. These standards also help identify what causes your warehouse team to underperform.
Retaining and motivating a highly skilled, trained workforce is critical in today’s highly competitive supply chain environment. Implementing an incentive program for your company’s workforce can be an effective tool to increase productivity, reduce downtime, and improve morale. An incentive program motivates workers to talk, think, and act based on attributes that directly affect and drive improved operational productivity.
The revolution in warehouse automation is impacting warehouses of all sizes and capacities, especially the small-mid facilities. New technology is boosting pick rates by 80 percent over traditional picking methods. This allows you to deliver product faster and more accurately to today’s demanding market.
4SIGHT’s experience with the latest pick technology, traditional material handling equipment, Lean warehouse operations, Warehouse Management Systems, and Agile supply chain techniques gives you the edge you need to maximize your distribution capabilities and ROI.
You know your distribution center operations need to be leaner and more accurate, and that your service levels have to keep pace with ever-growing customer expectations. But your DC has so many moving pieces --- where do you start? 4SIGHT can show you where to begin, point the way to success, and make sure you get there.
Your people are the most important assets in your supply chain operation—and often your biggest variable. Effectively optimizing your workforce depends on having the right blend of training, performance standards, technology, change management, and motivation. Choosing and implementing a world-class Labor Management System (LMS), is the most effective way to achieve fast ROI while improving your operation’s performance.
Start your optimization efforts by focusing on your management team: Train your supervisors to create a win-win situation by teaching the skills they need to coach the associates they manage and emphasize positive behavior before taking corrective action. The real benefit of a labor solution is having management and associates work together to drive sustainable productivity and performance gains. Developing an accountability plan with incentive-based pay is a highly effective way to sustain the improvements your new best practices generate.