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August 2009 Newsletter

August 2009 Newsletter
Worst Practices Best Practices Muted Growth
The Problem:

Often times, large companies become overly confident of their ability to attract bright, young talent to problem-solve.  Many seemingly rational steps may be taken in the name of efficiency and added capacity. But the companies often lack anyone who have the necessary background of a direct-to-consumer facility, a 3PL. This experience is  necessary to succeed.

That lack of experience may be evident in the solutions the company conjures up, without success, to address problems. For example, addressing inventory inaccuracies that lead to short picks, the facility may hire a large staff to cycle count the entire warehouse every week. But that means pickers are continually sent to an empty location until another inventory is taken later in the week.  (Source:  MMH)

The Remedy:

A simple process of notifying a supervisor whenever a short pick occurs could be integrated into the system. Someone could then be sent immediately to replenish the item and update the warehouse management system (WMS). That would eliminate any further short picks at that location, and in time, the WMS will be accurate. In fact, this is an example of a best practice that is already being used at Acme’s direct-to-consumer DC. 

Thoughts of Charles Darwin

We are optimistically reminded of Darwin’s famous words during this economic recession:  “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”

Adaptation, rather than resistance, to change is just one of numerous guidelines that are hallmarks of Acme Distribution Centers’ policies and priorities.  Acme invests in low-risk, quick time-to-value initiatives that reduce costs and improve productivity in the near term, as well as provide a scalable platform for future growth.

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge:  it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

The science of IT is evidenced at Acme by IT’s role in growth, because Acme views the economic downturn as a catalyst for change, i.e.; as an opportunity to transform and streamline our business processes.

(The sources of the quotations above are On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887), respectively).

Nothing endures but change

(The quotation above is attributed to Heraclitus of Ephesus,  c. 501 BCE).

“The factors driving traffic off airplanes and onto trucks will continue at least through 2010, exacerbated by a relentless need of shippers to lower costs in the face of a recession that lingers on,” stated Ted Scherck, President of The Colography Group. “Businesses are increasingly reluctant to pay a premium for overnight air service and continue to build their inventory and distribution models around more economical, time-definite deliveries (including renewed interest in private fleets). Further, intermodal carriers are responding by putting virtually all new investment of time and money into expanding their surface capabilities.”

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