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Fuel Your Warehouse Productivity

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Invest in the most appropriate material handling tools that help reduce the physical toll of warehouse operations. If your business involves heavy or highly repetitive movement, there may be cost-effective ways to implement automated or semi-automated equipment that reduce the lift and twist burden that many employees face. A reduction in worker injuries, coupled with higher productivity, translates to better employee retention. Commit to process improvement. Without change, everything stagnates. Unfortunately, you can see that being played out in the warehouse setting today, with many organizations facing large, disruptive upgrades or replacement of their legacy systems just to survive. It doesn't have to be that way. If you invest in your team and value their opinions, they will come up with new ideas that will incrementally improve your processes. Brainstorm with them and remain open to new ideas. All Things Considered The common thread here is that warehouse employees do their best work when they are engaged and have the right tools at their disposal. Not only can they prove their value in the day-to- day operations of the warehouse; they can shine some much-needed light on practices that will bring greater efficiency and profit to the business. Tapping into their knowledge and rewarding their efforts is an excellent place to start. But it's also a recipe for long-term success. About the Author Eric Allais, President and CEO of Washington-based PathGuide Technologies, Inc., has over 30 years of experience in marketing, product management and sector analysis in the automated data collection industry, including warehouse management practices in wholesale distribution. Contact him at eric@pathguide.com. About PathGuide Technologies PathGuide Technologies, Inc., a privately held company founded in 1989, is a leading provider of warehouse management solutions for industrial and retail distributors across North America. PathGuide's software and services help suppliers increase productivity and order accuracy, improve customer service and lower labor costs, ultimately driving greater profitability. www.pathguide.com ‚óŹ clientservices@pathguide.com

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