Order Consolidation- the one thing that hurts e-commerce fulfilment

E-commerce businesses face many challenges, and order consolidation can be seen as a new problem, or a potential solution. In warehouse terms, this all depends on what you offer to your e-commerce customers and how widely distributed they are. So let’s start at the beginning.

 

What is order consolidation?

 

It’s a retail practice that is being adapted to ecommerce businesses. Essentially it means combining multiple products into one shipment, but it can also mean combining multiple orders heading to the same relatively specific destination into a single shipment. Obviously, its very nature requires e-commerce retailers to work with Read More

Overcoming the top three inventory management failures in ecommerce fulfilment

There are many things that can make or break an e-commerce business, and while inventory management is not top of the list is many people’s minds, it is both one of the easiest to fix and one of the most pervasive failures, especially in warehousing. Effective inventory management allows an ecommerce business to:

 

  • Identify which, and how much, of each inventory item to order
  • Establish the right time to place orders
  • Operate smoothly, recognising challenges in advance
  • Satisfy a customer base.

 

Given that 95% of companies recognise that they were affected by supply chain disruptions in 2021 and … Read More

The benefits of multi-user 3PL warehousing

Given the uncertainty in global supply chains, many businesses requiring warehouse space are looking at multi-user 3PL warehousing (also called multi-client warehousing or shared warehousing) as a way of reducing risk and improving efficiencies in their logistics operations.

 

Defining multi-user 3PL warehousing

 

Multi-user 3PL warehousing can be defined as outsourcing the management of warehousing operations to a company or space that contains multiple clients and also offers additional value services such as:

 

  • bulk packing (packing a container, which may also include a lorry or shipping container, with non-hazardous materials)
  • cross docking or intermediate docking (unloading a lorry
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Is Green Warehousing possible?

With Moller-Maersk announcing its first low GHG emissions warehouse in Denmark, many organisations are asking whether green warehousing is possible and/or desirable.

 

The answer to both is yes – but making the business case requires an awareness of what can be changed, and how, to make existing warehouse space greener, at the same time as recognising how new warehousing can be built to be greener and cleaner.

 

The benefits of green warehousing

 

Lower energy costs

 

Running costs are a major part of any warehouse, whether you’re using a fully automated pick and pack system or a … Read More

Have you factored warehousing into your operational risk assessment? Here’s how …

We all know the traditional areas of risk identified in warehousing: hazardous materials, lifting and movement issues, failure to manage stock control and failure to identify and pick and pack goods for onward delivery. Probably all managers also know what they should do about these risks in order of preference:

 

  • Remove hazards entirely
  • Substitute hazardous items and behaviours with something less risky
  • Establish procedures that separate the hazard from personnel
  • Reduce exposure to a risk or hazard by designing best practice warehousing operations
  • Issue personal protective equipment.

 

However these areas are often simply the baseline of operational risk … Read More

How, and why, to cost-optimise your logistics

As the uncertain future for warehousing space extends into 2023, cost optimising logistics and supply chains is one of the few alterables still left to warehouse operators and those who have warehousing as a part of their operations.

Recent assessments suggest that the cost of transporting a container of goods has increased by up to 17%, and there has never been more demand for warehouse space, with the UK, Singapore and the Netherlands – key logistics hubs – reporting above 95% occupancy rates. When logistics costs are increasing, cost-optimisation can change a business’s profit ratio substantially for the better.

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Finding warehouse space that works for you

Any business with a reasonable amount of stock will probably end up looking for warehouse space from time to time. For smaller organisations in particular, this can be a nightmare as most warehousing seems to be geared to large businesses and to incorporate elements like logistics and automation. But there are still great choices for smaller businesses, and doing your homework can be the crucial step to finding warehouse space that meets your needs.

 

Questions to answer before renting warehouse space

 

a – What size space do you need?

 

Of course this is the biggest consideration when renting industrial

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Post Pandemic ecommerce fulfilment – which route will maximise your profits?

“We are all ecommerce businesses now.” Well, maybe not all of us, but most businesses are now – to some extent – learning how to accommodate the demands of e-commerce: eBay and Amazon might have led the way but the pandemic drove every possible business in the direction of ecommerce and many are finding that they can’t, or don’t want to, reverse the process.

 

Ecommerce fulfilment defined

 

In a nutshell, e-commerce fulfilment is the process of receiving an order over the internet and delivering it to your customer efficiently. The various stages of this process all up to … Read More

Optimising pick and pack

When we talk about optimising pick and pack, we’re really looking at overcoming challenges to efficient pick and pack processes. Those challenges are:

 

  • Inaccurate or Inadequate Inventory

 

These are two slightly different problems. Inaccurate inventory leads to confusion about what is available, whilst inadequate inventory is a failure to manage stocks into the warehouse space to allow for order fulfilment. The first is usually a problem of data entry, where stock records haven’t been updated or entered correctly, the second is a management failure which can be the result of poor data but can also be part of … Read More

Pick and pack’s evolution – which system is right for your business?

Picking and pack is one of the simplest warehousing processes to understand – it’s the action of taking a customer’s orders from storage and placing them into a shipping box. The shipping box has obviated the need to pick orders and then process them in a variety of ways (box, envelope, pallet etc). Instead, many smaller businesses simply pick and pack in a single process, padding out larger shipping boxes with dunnage to ensure the goods won’t rattle around. Larger businesses may have a dedicated area of their warehouse space that they use to do ‘specialist pack’ which is where … Read More

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