How voice picking stacks up against paper, RF scanning and Pick-to-Light

    Posted by Tailar Kennedy on May 22, 2020 9:30:00 AM

    Over the years, this post has been one of our most popular and helpful pieces, so we’ve decided to update it to keep the information as relevant as possible.

    Warehouse order picking describes the process of selecting and pulling an item from inventory to fulfill a customer’s order. The labor, materials, and technology involved in picking make up an average of 55 percent of operational costs within a given distribution center (DC).[1] Therefore, it’s essential for supply chain managers to optimize their picking processes in order to avoid unnecessary costs.

    When it comes to determining the most effective picking solutions, there are four main options that are typically considered: paper, radiofrequency (RF) scanning, pick-to-light, and voice. Each of these solutions has their own unique benefits and drawbacks, especially when it comes to warehouse productivity, order accuracy, and overall flexibility.

    In this article, we take a look at the ideal applications of each warehouse picking option — and how they compare to one another in key areas. As you evaluate your choices, it’s important to consider future projects and updates in order to make the right choice for your operation.

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    Topics: Voice

    2020 Elevation Awards: Honoring Supply Chain Excellence

    Posted by John Arkontaky on May 21, 2020 9:27:29 AM

    HighJump’s Customer Elevation Award winners prove that by combining technology with an innovative strategy, the supply chain becomes the lifeblood of a healthy business. In our third-annual Customer Elevation Awards ceremony at our Elevate user conference, we celebrate the success of our customers and their ability to push their operations to the next level.

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    Topics: HighJump Elevate

    Learn From the Best - Körber Supply Chain Master Class Series

    Posted by Rene Hermes on May 14, 2020 9:26:54 AM

    It’s important to stay on top of trends and ahead of challenges, but it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of operations. So, how do you sharpen your skills and turn knowledge into results? Körber Supply Chain announced a free Master Class starting in May. This is a great opportunity to learn from some of the top minds in the industry.

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    Topics: supply chain solutions

    Top Supply Chain Solution Providers Unite as Körber

    Posted by Heather Smith on Apr 28, 2020 8:30:26 AM

    Twelve of the world’s top supply chain technology solution providers from around the world will transition to the brand Körber. Together as Körber, the companies are a leading global supply chain technology provider with a diverse range of capabilities spanning software, automation, voice, robotics and materials handling equipment, including the system integration and consulting to tie it all together.

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    Topics: News, supply chain

    Celebrating Earth Day with Perspectives on Sustainable Supply Chain

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Apr 20, 2020 8:46:26 AM

    In spirit of Earth Day, let’s look at a few key considerations to keep in mind when building a sustainable supply chain.

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    Topics: Transportation, supply chain

    VARGO® and Körber Announce Alliance

    Posted by Heather Smith on Apr 7, 2020 1:58:40 PM

    VARGO®, a leading provider of material-handling systems integration, warehouse execution software and equipment solutions for major fulfillment and distribution centers, today announced an alliance partnership with Körber, the global supply chain technology leader from software to material handling automation.

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    Topics: News, Warehouse Management System (WMS), partners, material handling

    Tune In: Dorfman Pacific Explains the Power of Voice Picking Technology

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Apr 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    Here’s how Dorfman Pacific leverages warehouse technology to drive operational accuracy and efficiency.

    Dorfman Pacific, an American headwear distribution company founded in 1921, has a lot to be proud of. The company has maintained the largest headwear inventory in the world for nearly a century, providing its global customer base with a vast array of high-quality products. Dorfman Pacific takes its success and position within the industry very seriously, serving as a trailblazer when it comes to exemplary customer service and competitive prices. 

    To maintain the company’s stronghold on the market, executives at Dorfman Pacific decided to pick up the pace by modernizing their warehouse. But optimizing the operations of a 315,000 square foot facility is no easy undertaking. That’s when Dorfman Pacific turned to HighJump for support.

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    Topics: Warehouse Management System (WMS), Voice

    How Will Global Meat Consumption Impact Cold Supply Chain Sustainability?

    Posted by Joe Couto on Apr 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    Optimizing the global cold chain is the key to keeping up with consumers’ demands for meat, but are today’s supply chain managment solutions ready for the future?

    As evidenced by recent cultural phenomena like the “Chicken Sandwich Wars,”[1] consumers’ passion for meat shows no signs of slowing down. Food fads aside, there are historical and socio-economic reasons behind the steady growth of the meat industry.

    Since the late 19th century, expanding wealth has corresponded with increased protein consumption. In those days, only the richest people could afford diverse diets and eating meat was seen as a status symbol. Meat is still expensive to produce in comparison to fruits and vegetables, but worldwide earnings have tripled over the past 50 years[2] — and with them has come a growing demand for meat.

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    Topics: transportation management, warehouse control, supply chain solutions

    The Complex Considerations of Disaster Relief Supply Chain

    Posted by Zubair Amla on Apr 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    Supply chains rely on many moving parts in order to be effective. But when ensuring that supplies and aid reach disaster areas efficiently, there are even more factors to consider.

    The saying goes that you should always expect the unexpected — and there are few situations where this advice is more pertinent than in disaster relief logistics.

    In times of crisis, disaster relief efforts rely on a complex supply chain network and inventory management in order to procure and transport resources to those in need. While a commercial supply chain is dependent on a number of similar processes — such as production, supply, warehousing, and distribution — disaster relief operations have other important factors that need to be taken into account. These can include the type of disaster, the damage done to infrastructure, the ability to reach affected areas, the equipment and personnel available, and resource constraints.

    Because many types of disasters either occur unexpectedly or with an intensity that is hard to predict, it’s vital to rely on a resilient and adaptable supply chain. In this way, nonprofits and other charitable organizations are poised to respond efficiently when disaster strikes.

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    Topics: transportation management, supply chain solutions

    How Robots and Humans Work Together to Improve Warehouse Management

    Posted by John Santagate on Mar 17, 2020 3:05:55 PM

    Rather than using technology to replace human workers, the future of logistics depends on collaboration between humans and robots.

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    Topics: process improvement, warehouse automation, Robotics