Buffer inventory, also known as ‘safety stock’, can be a crucial part of any warehouse’s inventory supply. The term ‘buffer inventory’ refers to any overflow stock specifically kept for the purpose of avoiding stock shortages. This inventory is typically counted separately from the ‘active’ inventory, as it isn’t accessed as frequently, even for more Read the full article…

  The start of a new year always brings promise, no matter how challenging or chaotic the previous year may have been. Most of us use the first quarter as a chance to recover from the chaos of the holiday season, and take stock of where our warehouses are and where they could grow over Read the full article…

  Cannabis dispensaries and plant greenhouses work like any other business – which means they need to take on returns every now and again. Most of you that have worked in retail have probably just rolled your eyes in resignation at that fact, and with good reason! Every retail outlet has to deal with the Read the full article…

  For warehouses of all stripes, “traceability” is an important term to know. Traceability refers to the journey of an item or a part as it travels through the warehouse, and how every step of its movement is tracked. While it can take many forms, one of the most common is in-house traceability. This is Read the full article…

  If there’s one thing we all learned last year, it’s that we could all be a little more…flexible. The world can seemingly change at the drop of a hat, and when the world changes, warehouses are often the first thing that needs to keep up. As the backbone of American retail and commerce, warehouses Read the full article…

  At times, it seems like picking and packing methods are like a favorite home recipe: there’s a ton of different ways to do it, everyone insists their way is best, and it can be hard to get away from your favorite method once it becomes a habit. And while it can be tough to Read the full article…

  The loading dock is one of the most important areas in a warehouse, and yet not one that gets discussed as often. You could consider the loading dock as the beginning of every process in your warehouse. Without the products coming in from your loading dock, your warehouse wouldn’t have any inventory to move Read the full article…

  A lot of attention is paid to how items are stored, tracked, and picked once they’re in the warehouse – but what about actually getting them into the warehouse in the first place? Unloading packages is never anyone’s focal point of designing a warehouse, but it’s an activity that should perhaps be given more Read the full article…

  Out of everything a warehouse has to deal with during the holiday season, returns have to be one of the most…fraught with difficulties. Returns may be the only thing that customers want handled faster than their initial delivery, since if, for whatever reason, the item didn’t work out, they’re going to want their money Read the full article…

  The quest for the right picking method can feel never-ending, at times. Everyone has their own idea of what the best possible picking method should be, and every warehouse has their own needs that must be met as far as picking and packing are concerned. That said, there are some telltale signs as to Read the full article…

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