Logistics Insights Podcast
A Look at the State of Distribution Technologies Report

A Look at the State of Distribution Technologies Report

December 5, 2022

In this week's episode, we review the highlights of a new research report from Softeon on how users view various distribution center technologies. The report by Softeon is available here: https://www.softeon.com/new-report-state-technologies-distribution-2022

 

 

Highlight Review from 3PL 2022 Study

Highlight Review from 3PL 2022 Study

November 11, 2022

In this week's episode of Logistics Insights, we review highlights of the 27th annual "3PL Study" from Dr. John Langley and team, released at the recent CSCMP Edge conference in Nashville.

Advice On Not Losing Critical Time Early In A WMS Project

Advice On Not Losing Critical Time Early In A WMS Project

October 28, 2022

In this week’s episode, we advise on not losing critical time early in a WMS project.

An often unrecognized key to Warehouse Management System implementation success is ensuring valuable days aren’t lost early in a project.

Gartner’s Framework for Categorizing Robots in Distribution

Gartner’s Framework for Categorizing Robots in Distribution

October 18, 2022

In this week's episode, we take a look Gartner's seven categories of mobile robots for distribution and manufacturing, or what Gartner calls "Smart Intralogistics Robots."

Cross-Docking in Distribution

Cross-Docking in Distribution

September 27, 2022

In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast: Cross-Docking in Distribution

Cross-docking in distribution is often talked about, but there are several types, and it generally takes a robust WMS to well handle the complexity and timing issues. In this episode, we dive deeper into cross-docking.

Understanding the Gartner WMS Critical Capabilities Report

Understanding the Gartner WMS Critical Capabilities Report

September 14, 2022

In this week’s Logistics Insights podcast: Understanding the Gartner WMS Critical Capabilities Report.

Different from the WMS Magic Quadrant analysis, the Critical Capabilities report focuses solely on functionality across nine different attributes. Those attributes include core and extended WMS capabilities, adaptability, usability, the ability to support automated material handling systems, and several others.

Using a Statistical Approach to Labor Management in Distribution

Using a Statistical Approach to Labor Management in Distribution

August 25, 2022

Labor is a hot topic distribution right now, with rising wages and labor shortages in most markets.

In fact, a recent survey by Gartner found that for the first time, addressing labor issues was cited as the top reason for investing in DC automation, surpassing reducing operating costs, the traditional driver of material handling systems adoption.

Labor management software can provide a variety of capabilities and benefits to address labor issues in distribution.

Getting Warehouse Management System Demos Right

Getting Warehouse Management System Demos Right

August 9, 2022

Software demonstrations are a critical step in selecting a Warehouse Management System or any other logistics software package.

How else are you going to determine the fit of various packages to your operational requirements?

Despite its criticality, it is surprising how often companies don’t really think through the many elements needed to get the demo process right – which in the end means selecting the solution that is right for you both short and long term.

Here are a couple of points...

Lessons from Dozens of Implementations of WMS in the Cloud

Lessons from Dozens of Implementations of WMS in the Cloud

July 26, 2022

Warehouse Management Systems were a little late to the Cloud party but now are the great majority of implementations. Softeon, a tier 1 WMS provider, has successfully deployed Warehouse Management Systems in the Cloud dozens of times. Here are some lessons learned from those successes...

Categorizing Robots for Distribution

Categorizing Robots for Distribution

July 6, 2022

At the recent Gartner supply chain symposium in Orlando, it was revealed that the number 1 topic for client inquiries is around robots for distribution.

A recent Gartner survey found that for about two-thirds of companies interested in robotics, the driver for doing so now is to combat labor shortages, not to drive cost reduction, which is very different than just a few years ago.

Gartner has categorized these robots into seven types.

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