Welcome to the first edition of our Workforce Optimization newsletter.
In this issue, we discuss how using metrics like sales per labor hour or cases per hour can lead you to the wrong decisions about your operations. We also weigh the pros and cons of various pallet wrapping methods so you can improve operational efficiency.
Lastly, we will discuss how to use discrete labor management system simulations to evaluate new technology and equipment and how to strike the right balance between coaching and disciplining in a warehouse environment.
We encourage you to send us feedback on the content or topics you'd like to see discussed in future issues.
Sean Adkins and Jeffrey Arnold
Instead of looking at discipline as a chance to coach an associate, most look at it as something that can only be done negatively. This problem seems especially common in operations that have implemented engineered labor standards.
The fight to remain competitive and expand margins has led to an explosive growth in technology driven solutions that promise to solve all of your operation’s efficiency problems. But how valuable are they in your operation?
How often have you heard the phrase, “numbers don’t lie”? For many, the mere presence of numbers in a measurement or statement will give it all the credence necessary to be the absolute truth. But when those numbers turn out to be no more credible than guesses, they lead to bad decisions.
In this paper, we explore three common pallet wrapping techniques found in distribution centers and provide a justification for the best option based on the overall operational impact on a targeted warehouse.