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Best Practices: Multi-Channel Pick, Pack and Ship Strategies

By George Gulliford on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

The days of single-channel warehouse operations are disappearing. Companies that only sold to other companies or just to customers are transforming into companies that sell to everyone.  While this opens up new markets and business, it can adversely affect your warehouse operations and create customer service issues.

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Hardware Tips & Tricks: Utilizing Scanning Modes for Better Results

By Casey Rebman on

Posted under: Metrics

It’s hard to believe, but barcodes have been used in some form or other since the 1960s. Today, barcodes are everywhere and used in industries across the globe to automate processes, increase productivity and reduce human error. As we rely on them more, it is understandably frustrating when problems occur. Fear not, we’ve partnered with Honeywell to share some helpful tips on different scanning modes you can use on your devices to get better results. 

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Putting Technology to Work to Meet Compliance Requirements

By Casey Rebman on

Posted under: JD Edwards, Metrics

The modern supply chain is evolving, and technology is improving the ability to see and measure processes. If you can see it and measure it, you can require it. Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor or retailer, chances are you have to meet some sort of compliance requirement. It could be from the industry, your supplier … even your customer. The need for a simplified and automated process to meet these requirements is becoming increasingly more important. Here are 4 ways you can put technology on your side to help meet your compliance requirements. 

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Creating an Efficient Warehouse without Complex System Logic

By George Gulliford on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

Many companies think they need complex warehouse logic (like system directed putaway) to make their warehouse more efficient. But in many cases, spending time simply focused on the picking process will provide the greatest efficiency. The beauty of that truth? The need (and cost) to have complex logic disappears, and basic intuitive thought processes can be used effectively.

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NetSuite Best Practices Series: Overcoming Multi-Channel Distribution Challenges

By George Gulliford on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

In the past, most companies have operated in only one sales channel, which meant their distribution operations only had to deal with one set of distribution processes. Today, however, many companies operate in two, three or even four channels, which can be very challenging when you try to combine all the required distribution processes together into one efficient operation. 

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NetSuite Best Practices Series: Inventory Shrinkage - Where Did My Inventory Go?

By Holli Anderson on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

Inventory shrinkage is one of the major problems in both distribution and retail, and most companies do not have a good idea as to why. The truth is: Without putting proper processes and procedures in place, you will never be able to understand where your inventory disappears - and will continue to see an eroding of your bottom line.  Every dollar of inventory you lose requires many more dollars of sales to recover.

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Calling all Retailers: Three Methods for Easy Inventory Allocations

By Holli Anderson on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

One of the biggest challenges for a merchandiser or inventory planner is determining how much product needs to be distributed to each store, and creating the necessary documentation to have those items picked and shipped. With RF-SMART’s Preallocation feature, this process has been made much easier.

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Implementing Bins in Your Warehouse is as Easy as 1,2,3 … 4!

By Sarah Edwards on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

While bins may not be necessary in all situations, in many circumstances they are absolutely vital for congruency and easy product picking in a warehouse. If you’re getting ready to introduce bins, or even if you already use bins in your warehouse, here are our top-4 tips for a successful bins implementation. And of course, we are assuming these bins are barcoded for use with an inventory management system.

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Surviving in the Omni-Channel Age: Strategies for Retail Inventory Management

By Holli Anderson on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

The traditional retail brick and mortar store is currently undergoing a role change in the retail ecosystem. These stores no longer just serve customers who come into the store to shop, they are now part of the fulfillment strategy for customers who never even enter the store. This additional responsibility makes it even more important for retail stores to have real-time visibility and accurate inventory. And with the push for improved customer service and lower inventories, having accurate inventory is critical for survival.

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NetSuite Best Practices: Cycle Counting for Accurate Inventory

By Holli Anderson on

Posted under: Metrics, NetSuite

If you ask 10 different companies to define cycle counting, you will probably receive at least 15 definitions. In addition, many professional organizations have their own definitions for cycle counting. The good (or bad) news is that all of these definitions could be applicable to your business. What’s important, then, is determining which one(s) is best for you.

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