2020 Industry Report

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Sep 21, 2020 7:39:57 PM

This week we’d like to dive into some industry data from the annual “Industry Outlook Report” that is published every year by Logistics Management and Modern Materials Handling. It’s a comprehensive survey of decision makers with purchasing authority for materiel handling solutions, and it’s often a useful way to validate some of the trends and challenges we see in our own client base as well as learn about others that may have been out of our purview.

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Topics: RFID, Mobile, inventory challenges, over processing




What's Your ROI on a Personal Workstation?

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Aug 9, 2020 8:43:11 PM

 

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Topics: Newcastle Systems, Mobile Workstation, Personal Workstation




Mastering In-Store Fulfillment With Voice Technology

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on May 19, 2020 8:51:29 AM

When the states start their respective lockdowns back in March of this year, one recurring theme we discussed internally was that businesses that had not previously developed any competency in direct online sales would have to get good at it very quickly or suffer from possibly losing all access to their customers. With almost three months under our belts in learning how to navigate this new reality, it’s clear that the concept of turning a retail space into a fulfillment center is here to stay. Whether you call it “E-Commerce”, “Click-and-Collect”, “Ship-From-Store” or “Curbside Pickup” or something else, 2020 has shown that there is both a LOT more that can be managed from your store-front AND the demand to justify it as well. According to some very recent data from VISA International, the pandemic has accelerated a growing reluctance to use cash, and in turn creating huge increases in use of online ordering previously unseen. Their data reflects this trend worldwide – with E-Commerce sales rising in the US by 49% in April (versus the baseline in March prior to most states shutting down) and in other regions like Latin America where 13 million users tried online ordering for the first time already this year.
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Topics: Voice Technology, Voice-Directed work, touchless warehouse, fulfillment




Six Ways to Create The “Touchless Warehouse”

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Apr 29, 2020 4:07:03 PM

Many Changes are Here to Stay

If there is one thing that last two months have demonstrated, it is both the resilience that has sustained many supply chains during an unprecedented health and economic crisis, AND the reality that we will never be going back to doing things the same way again. Industries that were deemed “essential” like food distribution, healthcare and other logistics-heavy operations have in many cases had to deal with unprecedented velocity and strain on capacities, all while trying to prevent losing capacity to illness and fatigue.

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Topics: touchless warehouse, low-touch warehouse




How Can I Update My Devices Without Touching Them?

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Mar 31, 2020 2:15:03 AM

How Do You Create The "Touchless Warehouse"?

One of the mainstay principles of good process design in the distribution center has always been to "minimize touches". It's a very basic concept that drives home the point that items should get from A to B with as few touches as possible, preferably just ONE. But the upheaval stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic  is ironically putting intense pressure on the distribution and logistics side of many industries while other areas of the business may be scaling back (i.e. the storefront). The Food & Beverage industry, in particular, is an "essential" business and if the shelves of your local supermarket are any indication, the velocity of  materials flying through that supply chain must be well above norms even for a pre-holiday shopping week. But the increased pressure on the supply chain comes not only from the high demand, but also from the fear of losing employees to extended sick leave because of the spread of the virus. How can a distribution center and other areas of the supply chain fulfill their mission while not just preserving, but INCREASING employee safety beyond your standard solutions? This is the question we asked ourselves while conceptualizing what we are now calling the "Touchless Warehouse". It's no longer just about "minimizing touches" but now it's about "minimizing TOUCHING" altogether.

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Topics: mobile device cleaning, disinfecting mobile devices, keeping devices clean, mobile device management




How To Clean Your Mobile Devices

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Mar 23, 2020 10:19:50 PM

 

Note 1 from AMG: This post was originally published by Zebra Technologies on 9 March 2020 and is re-published here with their permission.

Note 2 from AMG: References and links to most of the guidelines below will take you off-site to Zebra.com. However, most of the guidance here will apply to your devices regardless of the manufacturer.

Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are receiving a high volume of questions about how our products should be cleaned in order to best protect the front-line workers using them in hospitals, warehouses, stores, routes, and more. These inquiries span across the entire portfolio of mobile computers, scanners and printers that we offer … and come from every industry we service today.

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Topics: mobile device cleaning, disinfecting mobile devices, keeping devices clean




Our MODEX 2020 Sneak Preview

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Mar 6, 2020 8:52:13 AM

As the stream of emails from exhibitors you’ve seen this week indicate, MODEX 2020 finally starts on Monday, March 9th. Advanced Mobile Group will be there of course, and in addition to our booth (#8087) our own Jim Donahue will be presenting on an innovative way to use Voice Technology to halve the time spent on the loading dock. We’ll share a sneak preview of his presentation today and provide everything else you need to know about AMG’s presence next week in Atlanta.

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Topics: voice directed, Voice-Directed work, voice sequencing, loading, dock




The Unexpected New Ways Voice Directed Work Solves Problems

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Mar 3, 2020 8:10:33 AM

What is the quickest way for a dock manager to load two trucks from one bay, each with twelve pallets, loaded equally with three different products and intended for delivery at two different stops? This can be done faster with Voice Technology. But how?

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Topics: Warehouse Managment, Voice Technology, warehouse process, voice directed, Voice-Directed work




Four Ways You Waste Space in the Warehouse

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Feb 19, 2020 12:46:40 AM

Ask a facility manager to list the biggest challenges they face, and they almost unanimously include “space” in their top three, if not number one. This is often a symptom of growth outpacing the ability to expand into more space, but is most often the result of space being used ineffectively. In a perfect world, your facility is full of robots, modular racking that adapts to changes quickly, and A WMS with an AI feature that automatically places everything in its optimal space, ensuring every inch is utilized and every unused inch is known and tracked.

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Topics: Warehouse Managment, space management, racking, warehouse process, warehouse space, Building Selection, warehouse layout, warehouse equipment




The Eight Forms of Waste – Part II

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Feb 4, 2020 7:00:00 AM

As we continue our series of “challenges” that we started four weeks ago and will continue leading up to MODEX, we’re going to keep drilling down and spend a second week on the Eight Forms of Waste as they relate to Inventory. Last week we delved into the three areas of “Talent (Underutilized Resources)”, “Waiting Time” and “Extra Motion” (See “Eight Forms of Waste – Inventory, Part I”). This week we’ll look at four more forms of waste and how they impact your Inventory processes:

  • Defects
  • Transportation
  • Extra Processing
  • Over Production
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Topics: inventory waste, transporting, profit, over processing, defects

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