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OPSdesign’s Consultants, Engineers, and Analysts are supply chain logistics subject matter experts, authors, and speakers. We have written books, have been published in respected trade journals and business magazines, and are frequent speakers at leading supply chain conferences.  Check back here often for our latest insights on trending supply chain logistics topics.

 

OTIF – Beating On Time In Full Thresholds

OTIF – Beating On Time In Full Thresholds

For suppliers of a large retailers, OTIF thresholds are likely here to stay. For the past several years, suppliers to companies like Walmart and Kroger...
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Faster Internet Speeds are on the Horizon

Faster Internet Speeds are on the Horizon

Faster internet speeds are on the horizon thanks to a breakthrough in wavelength technology. In a landmark achievement that promises to reshape the landscape of...
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Role of the 5th Percentile Woman in Designing Workstations

Role of the 5th Percentile Woman in Designing Workstations

The 5th percentile woman should be a reference point for the ergonomic design of warehouse operations. In the dynamic landscape of modern warehouses, the design...
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The Future of the Supply Chain

The Future of the Supply Chain

The future of the supply chain is poised to undergo significant transformation, driven by advancements in technology, shifts in consumer behavior, and the imperative to...
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Shipping Costs Set to Increase

Shipping Costs Set to Increase

Shipping costs are set to increase sharply following several recent market disruptions. Ground transportation is a costly part of supply chain management. When combined, expenses...
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Storage Racks for Today and Tomorrow

Storage Racks for Today and Tomorrow

Storage racks are perhaps the least glamorous part of a warehouse, but they are the workhorse and serve a valuable role in the supply chain....
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Autonomous Shipping Is Under Consideration

Autonomous Shipping Is Under Consideration

In several states, trials are underway on the nation's highways to see how well autonomous shipping works in the form of commercial trucks and how...
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The Power of RFID In A Modern Supply Chain

The Power of RFID In A Modern Supply Chain

Consumers are more demanding than ever, and every segment of the modern supply chain can agree on that. Managing those growing expectations and demands is...
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Cargo Theft Is A Growing Problem

Cargo Theft Is A Growing Problem

Supply chains fight back by implementing tools to prevent widespread cargo theft. Product shrinkage, whether inside the warehouse or from a tractor-trailer, has always been...
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Navigating The Quake: Enhancing Supply Chain Resilience In The Semiconductor Industry

Navigating The Quake: Enhancing Supply Chain Resilience In The Semiconductor Industry

The recent earthquake that shook Taiwan has sent ripples through the global semiconductor industry, amplifying concerns about the fragility of the intricacy of the supply...
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Turn Reactive Initiatives into Proactive Engines of Innovation

Turn Reactive Initiatives into Proactive Engines of Innovation

Turn reactive initiatives into proactive engines of innovation by engaging independent supply chain consultants and fostering ongoing advisor relationships to proactively navigate the evolving supply...
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Warehouse Mechanization and Automation Strategies

Warehouse Mechanization and Automation Strategies

Companies are using warehouse mechanization, automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness. However, adopting these technologies requires careful consideration and...
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Warehouse Safety Systems: 5 Key Factors

Warehouse Safety Systems: 5 Key Factors

Warehouse safety is essential for protecting personnel and assets. The bustling environment of these facilities, often characterized by the movement of goods, heavy machinery, and...
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Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore: Supply Chain Disruptions

Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore: Supply Chain Disruptions

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore is going to cause additional supply chain disruptions. Recent cargo ship accidents may lead to more conversations...
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Stacking GMA Pallets: Determining the Best Configuration

Stacking GMA Pallets: Determining the Best Configuration

Want to know the best configuration for stacking GMA pallets, maximizing space utilization, ensuring stability, and optimizing warehouse operations? Use this step-by-step approach to help...
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Power Grid Availability and Warehouse Site Selection

Power Grid Availability and Warehouse Site Selection

In an era of technological advancements, power grids' availability and reliability have taken center stage. The significance of power grid availability and load in warehousing...
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AR and VR in the Supply Chain

AR and VR in the Supply Chain

This white paper serves as a guide to the role of AR and VR in the supply chain. Integrating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality...
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Using Geofencing Technology for Supply Chain Optimization

Using Geofencing Technology for Supply Chain Optimization

Using geofencing technology to trigger automated actions or notifications can greatly improve supply chain operations. This real-time tracking and event-triggering capability make geofencing a powerful...
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Leveraging Cycle Counting to Achieve 99.9% Inventory Accuracy

Leveraging Cycle Counting to Achieve 99.9% Inventory Accuracy

Avoid shutting down operations for days by breaking inventory audits into smaller portions using cycle counting on a regular schedule. Learn the advantages and strategies...
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Supply Chain and Distribution Leaders: Examining Top Qualities

Supply Chain and Distribution Leaders: Examining Top Qualities

Let's look at the Supply Chain and Distribution Leaders and what makes them tick. Are you looking for help navigating complex supply chain challenges, optimizing...
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Integration of Micro Warehouses in the Retail Supply Chain

Integration of Micro Warehouses in the Retail Supply Chain

The strategic adoption of micro warehouses in the retail supply chain is a testament to the industry's commitment to innovation and efficiency. It is important...
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Cubic Velocity by SKU and Cubic Inventory by SKU

Cubic Velocity by SKU and Cubic Inventory by SKU

The incorporation of cubic velocity by SKU and cubic inventory by SKU marks a significant leap forward in the realm of warehouse management. Do the...
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Optimizing Supply Chains: Digital Transformation, Risk Management & Data Analytics

Optimizing Supply Chains: Digital Transformation, Risk Management & Data Analytics

Optimizing supply chains to achieve real-time visibility, adapt to disruptions, and make informed decisions that drive sustainable growth is the goal of every supply chain...
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Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Supply Chain Operations

Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Supply Chain Operations

In an era where efficiency and competitiveness define success, the integration of mechanization, automation, and robotics within warehousing operations has emerged as a critical strategy...
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Using Digital Twins in Supply Chain Modeling

Using Digital Twins in Supply Chain Modeling

What are digital twins and how can they make the supply chain more efficient? As the supply chain becomes ever more digitized and automated, companies...
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Uses for Generative AI in the Supply Chain

Uses for Generative AI in the Supply Chain

Let's look at uses for generative AI in the supply chain. From manufacturing to warehousing, transportation and end customers, supply chain partners are figuring out...
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Supply Chain Professionals: Skills to Master for Success

Supply Chain Professionals: Skills to Master for Success

In the intricate world of modern business, supply chain professionals hold a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth and efficient movement of goods and services....
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5 Major Types of Robotics in the Supply Chain

5 Major Types of Robotics in the Supply Chain

Robotics in the supply chain, whether at manufacturing sites or in distribution centers, aren’t new. But their rapid adoption over the past few years is....
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Supply Chain Jobs are Proving Difficult to Fill

Supply Chain Jobs are Proving Difficult to Fill

Openings for supply chain jobs are everywhere but filling these vacancies has been a challenge. Whether in the cab of a long-haul truck or on...
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Supply Chain Resiliency Through Efficient Distribution Networks

Supply Chain Resiliency Through Efficient Distribution Networks

The field of supply chain management has evolved significantly in recent years, with businesses recognizing the importance of building resilient and efficient distribution networks. As...
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Autonomous Vehicle Trucking: California Pushes Back

Autonomous Vehicle Trucking: California Pushes Back

In the middle of a continuing truck driver shortage, autonomous vehicle (AV) trucking can sound like a good solution. Many transportation companies recognize this and...
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Optimizing Your WMS: Focusing on the 3 Ps

Optimizing Your WMS: Focusing on the 3 Ps

The past few years have taught the supply chain lessons in agility - it’s a necessity for doing business in an ever-changing landscape. When you...
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Modex 2024: A Gateway to Supply Chain Innovation and Education in Atlanta

Modex 2024: A Gateway to Supply Chain Innovation and Education in Atlanta

Modex is the premier trade show dedicated to material handling, logistics, and supply chain technology. The landscape of supply chain management is rapidly evolving, driven...
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Autonomous Ride-Hail Services are Revolutionizing Mobility

Autonomous Ride-Hail Services are Revolutionizing Mobility

Autonomous ride-hail services are reshaping the transportation landscape as we know it. Companies such as Honda, GM, Cruise, Zoox, and others are at the forefront...
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Labor Shortage Persists in Supply Chain Operations

Labor Shortage Persists in Supply Chain Operations

The labor shortage is still alive and well in supply chain operations and every warehouse manager and supply chain manager can tell you that finding...
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Boosting Warehouse Efficiencies

Boosting Warehouse Efficiencies

Among the many facets of supply chain management, the warehouse ranks among the highest places to focus on boosting warehouse efficiencies. With the right processes...
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Warehouse Workstations: Designing High-Efficiency Ergonomic Solutions

Warehouse Workstations: Designing High-Efficiency Ergonomic Solutions

Efficient warehouse operations are integral to the success of any logistics and supply chain system. The design of warehouse workstations in key areas such as...
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The Return of JIT (Just In Time) Inventory?

The Return of JIT (Just In Time) Inventory?

Just when retailers declared the era of Just in Time (JIT) inventory over, there’s a rumor of a resurgence. But will it look the same...
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Maritime Shipping Disruptions Continue

Maritime Shipping Disruptions Continue

The maritime shipping situation in the Red Sea continues to escalate, and the fallout is becoming a major supply chain disrupter. Houthi rebels continue to...
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Right-Sizing Inventory

Right-Sizing Inventory

The wild supply chain swings of the past four years have given managers plenty to consider when it comes to managing inventory. Where the just-in-time...
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White house Council On Supply Chain Resilience: How To Secure The New Government Funding

White house Council On Supply Chain Resilience: How To Secure The New Government Funding

The White House recently announced the creation of its White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience. It promises millions of dollars in investments to strengthen...
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Team Building Strengthens Supply Chain Organizations

Team Building Strengthens Supply Chain Organizations

Let's explore the importance of team building in supply chain organizations and explore how it contributes to enhanced productivity, innovation, and overall success. In the...
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Autonomous Mobile Robots: An Integration Checklist

Autonomous Mobile Robots: An Integration Checklist

Robotics like autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are becoming increasingly important members of warehousing teams, especially in light of the labor...
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Strengthening the Food Supply Chain

Strengthening the Food Supply Chain

The food supply chain is a fragile ecosystem. We don’t have to tell you that food prices at the grocery store remain high and that...
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What are Incoterms? – International Commercial Terms

What are Incoterms? – International Commercial Terms

Incoterms, short for International Commercial Terms, are standardized trade terms used in international commerce to define the rights and responsibilities of buyers and sellers in...
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Blockchain Technology and Supply Chain Management

Blockchain Technology and Supply Chain Management

Let's explore the pros and cons of blockchain technology as it relates to the supply chain. The past few years have seen the development and...
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Warehouse Vacancy Rates Remain Low

Warehouse Vacancy Rates Remain Low

The average warehouse vacancy rates are sitting at over 5 percent for the first time since before the pandemic. You don’t have to go very...
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A Broken Cycle Counting Program Can Kill Productivity

A Broken Cycle Counting Program Can Kill Productivity

In today’s supply chain, the accuracy of inventory management in the warehouse is paramount. Inventory errors cause stock-outs, delayed shipments, backorders, unnecessary reordering, increased labor...
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Supply Chain Management Jobs: What Are Employers Looking For?

Supply Chain Management Jobs: What Are Employers Looking For?

Supply chain management jobs are dynamic and essential positions that play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient flow of goods and services from manufacturers...
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The Suez Canal is Crucial to the Global Supply Chain

The Suez Canal is Crucial to the Global Supply Chain

Ships are avoiding the Suez Canal and causing major supply chain delays. While the issue began in late 2023, the new year is already feeling...
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