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nGROUP Performance Blog

Two Last Minute Questions for Distribution Holiday Peak Season

Posted by Ryan Cates on Aug 5, 2019 10:39:13 AM

Holiday peak season is nearly upon us in the distribution world. Your multi-channel operations are most likely receiving holiday product as you read this. Hopefully, you’ve got a plan, but here are a few last-minute questions to ask yourself:

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Topics: Labor Management, Workforce Management, Warehouse Management, Distribution Labor, Peak Season

Recruit and Retain: Building The Best Distribution Labor Workforce

Posted by David Hair on Jul 9, 2019 2:18:00 PM

It is becoming more and more challenging to fill job openings and it is forcing employers to be more creative in finding and keeping workers. Here are some steps that can help improve your recruiting success.

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Topics: labor shortage, nGROUP, Outsourcing, training, Labor Solutions, Employee Impact, Improve Labor Management, Great Labor Management, Warehouse Management, Labor Crisis, Distribution Labor

Create a Dynamic Production Process in a Static Warehouse

Posted by Diron Raines on Jun 25, 2019 10:32:00 AM

Challenges in warehouse environments today have been rapid. Customers are demanding far more services, and those have been pushed up the supply chain to distribution centers that have not had to deal with these tasks previously. The days of unloading pallets, storing, getting orders, labeling and shipping those pallets out are becoming more and more rare. With the introduction of different forms of value-added services and drop ship programs, today’s warehouses have had to become far more nimble than in the past.

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Topics: nGROUP, performance partners, Analysis, Warehouse Technology, Improve Efficiency, Increase Productivity, Operational Support, Warehouse Management, Production Visibility, Dynamic Production Process

Are You Creating Your Own Labor Crisis?

Posted by Diron Raines on Jun 13, 2019 11:22:00 AM

Many people across the country are experiencing a labor shortage. Unemployment in many cities is at an all-time low. There is pressure in new competition as more and more facilities are constructed, and rising wage pressures. When it comes to positions in warehouses and distribution centers, there are some additional challenges that we all face in getting employees for both hours and management positions. However, one thing to consider is that many companies have policies that may be contributing to their shortages of employees.

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Topics: performance partners, training, employee retention, Management Mistakes, Improve Labor Management, Great Labor Management, Warehouse Management, Labor Production, Labor Crisis

Visibility Makes a Difference

Posted by Jim Zimmerman on May 16, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Understanding and having insight into a production process is important. That seems obvious, but many key processes are often without strong visibility or reporting. Recognizing the progress (or lack thereof) is important when scheduling orders, planning resources, or simply getting the product shipped on time.

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Topics: Warehouse Technology, Improve Labor Management, Reduce Cost Per Unit, Warehouse Management, Labor Production, Production Visibility, Understanding Labor Costs

Understanding Your Labor Costs & How To Reduce Them

Posted by Jim Zimmerman on May 6, 2019 8:59:00 AM

What if you could find savings in your business by better understanding one of your largest costs. One of the first items nGROUP investigates is the true hourly cost of labor. Many companies have a cost line in the P&L, a labor report, or some calculated cost for their personnel. This often times lead to missed opportunities or misunderstood results.

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Topics: performance partners, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, Management Impact, Employee Impact, Operational Support, Reduce Cost Per Unit, Warehouse Management, Understanding Labor Costs

Top Challenges For Warehouse Management & Distribution Centers

Posted by David Hair on Aug 16, 2018 9:33:00 AM

The warehouse and distribution industry is facing challenges due to changes in the workforce. The labor shortage in America is reaching epidemic proportions, putting pressure on employers. Companies are struggling to keep their employees, while many employees are struggling to find competitive job opportunities. However, when it all comes together in just the right way, both the employer and the employee can be happy in the workplace. It is a delicate balance that takes training on both sides, but the increase in productivity is well worth the time and effort.

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Topics: labor shortage, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, employees, Labor Management, Lean Manufacturing, Warehouse Technology, Warehouse Management