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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




Outlook 2020 – Impressions from Zebra’s Sales Kick-Off Meeting in Reno

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Jan 31, 2020 5:48:56 PM

The Advanced Mobile Group team just finished attending and exhibiting this week at Zebra’s annual SKO in Reno, Nevada and wanted to share our early impressions of what we saw will be a focus in the coming year and how it may impact your priorities.

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Topics: RFID, Zebra SKO 2020, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Modernization, Zebra Productivity Tools




The Eight Forms of Waste – A Look at Inventory

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Jan 27, 2020 7:25:48 AM

Last week we continued our drill-down into the common challenges facing manufacturers and distribution businesses by focusing on Inventory (See “Four Inventory Management Challenges for 2020”). This week we’re going to dig down another level within the Inventory space by looking at it through the lens of the Six Sigma’s “Eight Forms of Waste”. Since we like to keep things to a short read of 5-7 minutes, we’ll focus on three of them today specifically in how they relate to the challenges of Inventory management.

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Topics: Inventory Managment, inventory waste, inventory challenges




Four Inventory Management Challenges for 2020

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Jan 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Our last regular article of 2019 was about the major challenges we see coming in Manufacturing and Distribution, particularly in the food industry. This year we wanted to start with something that drills down a bit deeper into one of those challenges – Inventory Management. The good news on this topic is that most of the challenges you will have in 2020 are the same as the ones you were having in 2019. The bad news is that they are just getting harder is the speed and complexity of transportation and logistics continues to evolve, and there is one important new one.

Today we’ll cover FOUR challenges you need to be monitoring and solving for if you are not already doing so:

  1. Knowing Your Inventory
  2. Inefficient Processes
  3. Customer Demand
  4. The Coming Packaging Revolution
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Topics: Inventory Managment, Supply Chain, Packaging, Customer Demand




The World's Most "Daunting" Delivery Route and Supply Chain

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Dec 23, 2019 10:41:13 AM

It’s that time of year when we are all revving up the household fib generator to ensure we preserve the mythical story of Santa for our children, as we hide presents, bake cookies, decorate, wrap presents and hide them again, customize playlists to avoid too many versions of “The Little Drummer Boy” per hour, and for some of us, start packing for the holiday visit or prepare the spare rooms when we become the destination.

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Topics: Supply Chain




Three Challenges For Food & Beverage Manufacturers in 2020

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Dec 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Food & Beverage Industry is always one of the fastest-moving in regards to the changes that come every year in terms of consumer tastes, preferences, packaging, manufacturing, storage and transportation and more. For every familiar item that seems to have remain unchanged for generations (see “ice cream” or “eggs”), there are dozens of others ways it evolves visibly and invisibly and constantly creating new opportunities – and challenges. “Regenerative vertical farms” in the aquaponics industry, Plant-based substitutes for meat, but , coconut and oat-based dairy products and more are all creating challenges up and down the supply chain from the logistics supplying the manufacturers, the packaging, storage and even the marketing. In 2020, we expect to see some of these challenges create bigger obstacles than others. Which ones should you be paying attention to?

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Topics: Inventory Managment, Manufacturing, Planning




RFID Asset Tracking: 5 Reasons It’s Not a Plug and Play Technology

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Oct 2, 2019 2:05:18 PM

This week we are sharing a guest blog from a local partner here in Pennsylvania, Vizinex, with some pointers on the do’s and don’ts of RFID that we found compelling as well.

You’ve heard about the amazing benefits of RFID technology and are eager to get started. You just need tags, readers and reader software, right? Wrong. RFID is not a plug and play technology. Implementing RFID requires careful consideration of the systems and environments within which the technology will be operating. Here are 5 things you must consider first.

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Topics: RFID, Asset Tracking, Planning




The Unique Challenges of a Cold Storage Facility

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Sep 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Like much of the warehouse and logistics industries, the cold storage aspect of it is growing rapidly as well in almost every major KPI. Driven by the continued growth of the frozen food industry, cold storage has been evolving and adopting many of the same technologies and process innovations as standard warehouses and is expected to grow about 3.4% in 2019. However, the fact that the room is required to be cold, means that there are a long list of other process adaptations, equipment, uniforms and other accessories that are required to run a cold storage facility and make it function for the purpose it was designed for.

Today we’ll review some of the basic features of a cold storage warehouse that set it apart from a more typical one.

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Topics: Warehouse Managment, Inventory Managment, Wireless Infrastructure




The Four Critical Updates You’ve Been Postponing in Your Warehouse

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on May 22, 2019 7:25:57 PM

“Warehouse modernization” is an evergreen term that businesses use regularly as a reference to their intentions. However, intentions don’t necessarily equate to serious action. While incremental improvements are easily embraced, there are four major improvements that many businesses are less enthusiastic about. These updates aren’t glamorous, but they’re essential for operation continuity and profitability.

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Topics: Warehouse Managment, OS, 3PL




The Challenges of Wi-Fi in the Warehouse

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Mar 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM

While Wi-Fi connectivity is generally ubiquitous throughout the workplace, our homes and even in most public spaces where we dine or travel, wireless technology evolved from warehouse and distribution centers. Given the origins of wireless networking, providing reliable wireless connectivity in this environment is not entirely mastered by many businesses in the same way it is in the front offices.

Large open facilities like warehouses, distribution centers and their adjacent yards pose specific challenges coming from the building materials, the distances (and height), interior equipment and infrastructure and the types of wireless devices in use.

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Topics: Warehouse Managment, Wi-Fi, Planning

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