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Improve Facility Performance With Operational Assessments

Improve Facility Performance With Operational Assessments

   Tracy Niehaus

Improve Facility Performance With Operational Assessments

In the world of e-commerce fulfillment and retail distribution, the competition never rests. The reality is, as distribution center (DC) infrastructures and technologies quickly evolve, companies simply cannot rest on their successes without the risk of being lapped by their competition — no matter how efficient their current operations might be.

In our next On The Move webinar, Improve Facility Performance With Operational Assessments, Doug Fukushima, Honeywell Intelligrated’s executive director, operations & solutions development, operations consulting will discuss the importance and benefits of conducting operational assessments in DCs. This webinar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2–3 p.m. EST.

DC operations and management teams are under constant pressure to reduce operating costs yet simultaneously improve service levels. Success is measured by their abilities to address these business challenges and meet related goals, including: 

  • Reducing labor and facility costs
  • Improving customer service levels
  • Lowering inventory levels
  • Shortening order cycle times
  • Increasing order fill/piece fill rates, fulfillment accuracy and on-time delivery 

And in a labor market where quality resources are scarce, meeting these critical objectives is even more challenging. 

As Doug will explain in the webinar, one strategy is to invest in new equipment and systems, but this may not always be feasible due to timing or capital budget constraints. However, an intermediate option may be to conduct an operational assessment that takes a deep dive into current practices to uncover potential opportunities for improvement.

DC operators often forget that their current processes and procedures were designed to meet target efficiency levels at the time they were initially developed. But as their business changed over time, these processes may no longer be optimal. Among the variety of factors that may have changed include order volume, order mix, facility consolidations, new business acquisitions, introduction of new technologies, aggressive service level agreements, merchandise cube requirements and employee turnover, to name a few. Because of these myriad changes, operational assessments are valuable tools for evaluating potential opportunity gaps, proposing low- cost modifications, and revising processes to enhance facility productivity and throughput.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • What is involved in an operational assessment
  • Why DCs should optimize existing processes prior to committing major investments
  • What are the typical benefits that can be realized from an operational assessment
  • Why periodic health checks can be a valuable tool
  • The pros and cons of self-assessments compared to a collaborative approach with a business partner
  • Examples of discoveries from past operational assessments

To learn more about how operational assessments can generate performance improvement and even extend asset utilization of existing infrastructure, register now for this informative webinar: Improve Facility Performance With Operational Assessments.

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