Lots of views and feedback on Part 1, so thank you for that. In response to some feedback, I’ve updated the title of the posts.Read More
Warehouse Management Insiders
If you keep up with the latest supply chain trends, I’m sure you know the importance of Supply Chain Analytics. What you don’t know is, you’re doing it wrong.Read More
As Shakespeare famously never said, “To host or not to host, that is the question.” In today’s evolving IT landscape, many companies are faced with this query when discussing IT strategy. New JDA projects, upgrade paths, and yearly budget reviews are just a few scenarios where hosting strategy finds a soapbox within IT departments around the world.
I’m sure this scenario will sound familiar. I have seen many delighted customer faces as our professional trainer walks their IT and Super Users through configuration screens in a setup workshop training. They are happy because for the first time outside of the sales pitches, they actually have hands-on demos in setting up samples of areas, locations, footprints, etc. They suddenly realize how robust and easy it can be to configure RedPrairie’s WMS solutions (Now known as JDA's WMS solution).
“Shrek” is the perfect example of just how much things can change in a short amount of time. He went from being a lonely, mean ogre to being the hero that marries the princess- and had to embrace new attitudes and dynamics along the way. Being the leader, he prepared his trustworthy sidekick, Donkey, for what’s ahead -- “ Change is Good, Donkey” Shrek says.
Planning a JDA/ RedPrairie WMS implementation, an upgrade, or simply looking to enhance the capability of your existing supply chain software requires knowledgeable and experienced resources. The success of your project will be enabled by answering one simple question: can we do it ourselves? Once you've answered this question, you must decide if the resources in your organization have the experience, skills and availability of time to support this initiative. Here’s a short checklist of questions to help assess whether it might be possible to utilize your internal talent:
In 2002 I was married (still am!), with 3 children. And I quit my job as Vice President of Information Technology of a major 3PL in Canada.
If you’ve ever spent hours allocating a 40K line wave or waited restlessly looking at the hour glass for your picks to get cancelled, you are not alone. One way to tackle this is to take advantage of the multi-threading capabilities that the new MOCA architecture supports in JDA WMS (formerly RedPrairie).
In a typical warehouse, order picking is the most manual, labor-intensive, and expensive operation. It can account for up to 60% of warehouse operating costs. Companies tend to focus on this area first because any improvement can positively impact their customer’s experience (think of transaction & delivery times, picking errors, product damage, etc.).
In my 6 years of experience implementing supply chain systems, I have been involved in many different kinds of projects. Few of these projects invested in automated testing. Think about it as a tool that hammers the system with real-life test cases without the need for a human to run it. The main purpose of such an exercise is to validate the functionality and stress test the system in the attempt to fix business logic and increase the performance.