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Rapidly Improve the Performance of Your Warehouse

The Rapid Performance Evaluation identifies opportunities and potential improvements in every aspect of warehouse operations; performance, productivity, service, quality, and systems. By Mike Glodziak, President, LEGACY Supply Chain Services

May 15, 2017

A Performance Issue
A poor-performing operation is prone to shortages and damages, customer service failures, high costs, and inferior productivity.

It is often the result of inertia – once in place, operations and processes do not get examined or changed, even when requirements and conditions have changed drastically.

Warehouse management may not be one of your company’s core competencies, but it usually is a critical part of being a capable competitor that delivers what they promised, on time, to their customers.

It is often difficult to optimize, or even to improve, a warehouse operation and reduce its cost.

Many companies have neither the available staff nor the expertise to embark on a continuous improvement program.

They do not know, and cannot implement, the best-practice policies, procedures, and technology to achieve significant improvements within their distribution operations.

If significant capital contributions are necessary to actualize these improvements, this becomes a further barrier to implementation. It is particularly difficult for smaller companies to grow and scale their businesses.

Historically, performance improvement programs have been component-focused, addressing a single process or system at one time. Now, a holistic solution that significantly improves performance at neutral or reduced costs is available - and it delivers these results rapidly, in 6-12 months!

What follows is a delineation of LEGACY Supply Chain Services’ (LEGACY) proprietary methodology for analyzing warehouse operations and systems and implementing rapid improvements.

Three-Part Solution to Achieve Rapid Performance Improvement
In order to realize rapid performance in your existing distribution operations, you must follow a prescribed and disciplined course of-action.

LEGACY has developed a solution that implements rapid results by employing a highly-structured methodology that begins with a Rapid Performance Evaluation of existing people, processes, and systems.

The Rapid Performance Evaluation identifies opportunities and potential improvements in every aspect of warehouse operations (performance, productivity, service, quality, and systems).

It quickly defines your business scenario and financial opportunity.

Delivering value is much more than simply identifying savings!

The evaluation has two deliverables: a preliminary economic analysis and an implementation strategy.

The strategy itself has three major components that are implemented concurrently:

  • An Organization Development plan to improve workforce quality and productivity (People)
  • A best-practice Process and Systems Implementation plan to increase accuracy and reduce waste
  • A Key Performance Indicator (Metrics) definition to measure process improvement and effectiveness

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