Workforce Optimization

Developing and Managing a World-Class Workforce

4SIGHT has experience with all the leading Tier 1 Labor Management Systems (LMS). In fact, our engineers have a minimum of five years’ experience in developing proven standards in a warehouse environment. Our team of professionals can augment your existing team, or we can provide a full spectrum of resources to ensure you can successfully implement your LMS.

4SIGHT recommends a holistic approach to optimizing your workforce. A successful labor management program involves many aspects beyond software and engineered standards. We consider the optimization phase of an LMS to be the ‘people portion.’ The level of effort of the optimization phase can often be underestimated or overlooked.

At a high level, workforce optimization tasks include developing a change management program, incorporating best practices, implementing performance coaching, creating an accountability plan, and designing an incentive plan. All of these could be mini projects in and of themselves, but together they determine how successful your LMS implementation will be. By correctly structuring your labor program, you can change your employees’ mindsets from “How long am I at work?” to “How much work can I complete today?”

  • Perform LMS evaluations and selection
  • Develop LMS business case
  • Implement LMS
  • Map facilities and data configuration
  • Perform equipment timing
  • Leverage MOST, MSD, MTM
  • Develop personal fatigue and delay (PF&D) metrics
  • Audit standards
  • Implement a change management program
  • Offer software application training
  • Develop best practices and preferred methods
  • Manage the transition to a performance culture (change management)
  • Define an accountability plan
  • Incorporate performance feedback
  • Coach your industrial athletes
  • Establish a pay-for-performance program (incentive pay)

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Engineered Labor Standards
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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.

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Incentive-Based Pay
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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.

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Warehouse Automation
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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.

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Warehouse Layout & Design
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4SIGHT offers engineering services to assist you with designing a new distribution center from the ground up, expanding an existing facility, or undertaking a complete site redesign. We offer a full complement of supply chain strategy services that span distribution center operations, material handling equipment layout, engineering, best practices, facility layout assessment, and financial analysis and justification.

The ability to determine the right strategy for an optimal warehouse layout requires a sophisticated understanding of the engineering and best practices needed to deploy world-class distribution operations. 4SIGHT develops customized and detailed designs to ensure your operational requirements are met and that design options meet supporting capital investment requirements.

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Warehouse Operations Assessment
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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.

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