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Warehouse in the News SalonCentric: One Beautiful Network 2017 Warehouse / Distribution Center Survey: In the thick of e-commerce adjustments Recovering Lost Space, Time & Money with Dimensioning An industry at a cross-roads LM Viewpoint: Collaboration, Now more than ever More Warehouse News Recovering Lost Space, Time & Money with Dimensioning Leading distributors, ecom fulfillment centers, and shippers of every stripe are doing just that, so they can again predict and quote shipping charges with accuracy, and compare shipping rates in real time. All Resources During the adaptation of industry trends, there comes a point when you pass the early stages of adjustment and dive into really doing things differently. Our “2017 Warehouse and Distribution Center (DC) Operations Survey” shows us an industry that’s now in the midst of that change—and we’re getting into the thick of e-commerce adjustments. The tweaks include more investments in automated order picking, voice-directed systems and other technology. We’re also seeing pain points continue to swell; foremost among these is the struggle to find qualified workers. Also emerging are data that suggest respondents may be reshaping their DC networks with smaller facilities to serve as fulfilment centers closer to the point of demand. The survey, conducted annually by Peerless Research Group (PRG) , drew more than 300 responses this year from professionals in logistics and warehouse operations management across multiple verticals. One of the clearest data points, and the issue that is likely driving change of many types, is the level of e-commerce involvement, according to Don Derewecki , a senior consultant with St. Onge Company, and Norm Saenz, Jr., a managing director with St. Onge, a supply chain engineering consulting company and partner for this annual survey. In fact, 19% of respondents now say they do omni-channel fulfillment, up 3% from last year, […]
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