Three Steps to Improve Your Labor Management Practices

Logistic Management editor Bridget McCrea says “as the highest expense for any warehouse or distribution center (DC) operation, labor management is essential”. But in today’s fast-paced distribution environment, everything from e-commerce demands to omni-channel fulfillment to seasonal sales fluctuations can make labor management even more challenging. McCrea says that labor management systems (LMS) offer the […]

Coaching for Success with LMS

As companies start to recover, their focus will be on matching resource needs to increase post-pandemic volume changes. An emphasis on recruiting, on-boarding and coaching new employees to meet that demand is at the heart of this effort. In support of achieving “preferred employer” status, it is essential to create effective onboarding and formal coaching […]

Leveraging Incentives in Today’s Challenging Labor Market

At the beginning of 2020 unemployment was low at 3.5%, which made it extremely difficult to fill warehouse positions. Starting in mid-March, the pandemic created a short-term surplus of labor in the market which didn’t help many organizations as they were trying to shed hours with volume in decline. Now as we approach a post-pandemic […]

Why Organizations Need Effective Onboarding

During the pandemic many companies have had to lay off a significant number of employees as volume has dropped. In the coming months, many companies will start to hire as volumes start to return to normal levels. It is critical that a formal on-boarding process is used and supported by advanced tools in order to […]

Leveraging Technology for Labor Planning

Workforce planning is essential to high-performing operations In today’s complex world, organizations are facing labor challenges like never before. With work volume changing dramatically from day to day, it has become increasingly harder to assure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time, resulting in significantly higher labor cost. In […]

Operational Visibility

The current COVID-19 pandemic has put unforeseen pressures on today’s supply chain. In this crisis, identifying opportunities for improvement has become necessary in almost every organization. While many of these problems existed before this crisis, the current state of things has highlighted how critical they truly are. As with most problems, the first step to […]

MHI Annual Industry Report Response: Embracing the Digital Mindset

Connecting Data, Talent, and Technology in Digital Supply Chains Recently, the MHI Annual Industry Report “Embracing the Digital Mindset” was released and discussed at MODEX 2020 on March 12. This is the seventh annual highly rated report on industry research from MHI and Deloitte. This year’s survey report details the coupling of digital technology and […]

MODEX 2020 Takeaways

In the wake of concerns about COVID-19, the topic of supply chain resiliency was at the forefront of conversation at MODEX 2020. Software, digital connectivity, big data analytics and labor challenges were the hot industry topics of this year, as outlined in the MHI Industry Report. During the show, the TZA team was able to […]

2020 Supply Chain Trends

Key Supply Chain Trends for 2020 Looking back on the trends of 2019, the supply chain predictions for this year highlight several challenges for organizations. Growing labor market challenges Labor market challenges have been increasing over recent years. Businesses can expect to see a tighter and more competitive labor market in 2020. With unemployment at […]