Third party logistics (3PLs) companies may capture more holiday shopping business with improved technologies, such as WarehouseOS.
According to Tim Hoj, at WarehouseOS, “Fulfillment systems whether at a 3PL or a small manufacturing distribution, operations must be part of a lean process, offering shorter throughput times, fewer errors, and significant cost savings.” Hoj added, “The result is increased customer satisfaction, a faster ability to supply products, and process transparency. Traditional picking methods are one of highest expenses when operating a warehouse. By lowering that cost through leading edge ready-to-use solutions we are seeing customers experience huge growth in hundreds of business sectors throughout North America.”
As 3PLs are anticipated to ship more than half the holiday packages in 2017, e-commerce companies are capturing a significant share of the small and mid-sized 3PL market. Tier II third-party logistics providers are finding their niche; they come in many shapes and sizes. The “not-too-big and not-too-small” proportions of Tier II 3PLs make them just right for many shippers. Bigger is not always better. Tier II 3PLs generally bring in revenue of less than $250 million annually, and often offer some specialization in mode, vertical, region, or technology that allows them to carve out their own niche. Volumes handled by 3PLs will be 100% higher this holiday season and terms of engagement will be required before the end of Q2 2017.
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The RF gun, constant verifications, small keypads, and hard to read screens are quickly becoming yesterday’s technology. Tablets are replacing the RF gun. WarehouseOS, a new tablet-based Warehouse Operations System brings warehouses into the future today. Warehouse management systems have been around for a long time with too many companies still using the RF gun to conduct inventory management, scan in new items, and pick orders. The RF gun solutions typically cost double what modern solutions offer. WarehouseOS and associated apps have been developed to make everything about the warehouse easier and better. Apps allow small or large companies to receive products, manage inventory, perform cycle counting, conduct single picks or do batch picking, verify items picked and pack them into boxes.
An easy to navigate user interface means warehouse personnel need almost no training before performing warehouse tasks. Receiving, put-away, picking, and packaging quickly become the easiest jobs on the floor. A team of experts in material handling equipment and solutions developed WarehouseOS to maximize the throughput of warehousing and distributing facilities. From small eCommerce, to high volume SKU facilities, from omni-channel companies to FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), WarehouseOS is equipped to handle everything. From small startups with simple needs to complex, large distribution centers, WarehouseOS is the tablet solution which enables manufacturers and distribution centers to be a step ahead of the competition. Follow WarehouseOS on Twitter @WarehouseOS.
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