Mountain Leverage’s Core Concepts

Here at Mountain Leverage, one of our core concepts is Industrial Ingenuity.

We are always ready to roll up our sleeves and employ ingenuity, toughness, and technology to overwhelm any challenges in front of us.

Photo credit to ML’s own Julie Johnson

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Keeping Up With the Recent Trends

Valve Magazine published 6 of the largest Distribution trends for 2018.

  • #1 on that list was Labor.  As the need for warehouse staff increases, the cost is going up and retention rates are going down.  That’s a scary trend for many in the industry.
  • Finding ways to optimize and retain your current staff is critical to being successful in this ever-changing industry.  Partnering with the workflow experts at Mountain Leverage will give you the edge you need to not only survive, but thrive, in the Distribution Industry.

http://www.valvemagazine.com/web-only/categories/trends-forecasts/8988-key-distribution-trends-for-2018.html

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DC Running Voice – A Glimpse Inside

Click here to watch their new video: Aquatic Parts Company – A Glimpse Inside

In this short 1 minute video clip posted on Facebook you will see how the DC team at our customer, Aquatic Parts Company, showcase the pride they have in their new voice picking technology.  Aquatic Parts needed efficiency gains and a solution that could ease the daily burden of their seasonal demand.   As the nations largest wholesale distributor of pool and spa parts, APC saw real promise from an upgrade to voice-directed workflows.  They understand the accuracy and efficiency advantages gained with this upgrade, and wanted to share the excitement with their customer base.

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E-Commerce: Fulfillment Challenges and Improvement Priorities

E-Commerce Research Brief by Honeywell Intelligrated. Research completed by Peerless Research Group in the first quarter 2018.

Introduction
The rise in e-commerce is continuing at a remarkable pace. In 2017, consumers spent $453 billion online, a 16% increase from 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
That’s the highest growth rate since 2011.

Naturally, this march of e-commerce impacts the fulfillment processes that need to happen in warehouses and other nodes in distribution networks. While traditional channels still need to be served, there is more piece picking and single-line orders to get out the door, and cycle times to hit next-day or even same-day delivery commitments are much tighter than when replenishment to retailers or distributors was the norm. To add to these challenges, this transition in the type and pace of fulfillment work is happening at a time when unemployment levels have plummeted and distribution center (DC) operators are finding labor increasingly difficult to find and retain.

To better understand how companies are managing their e-commerce platforms and related order fulfillment operations, Peerless Research Group (PRG), on behalf of Modern Materials Handling and Honeywell Intelligrated, surveyed 171 U.S.-based material handling executives.  Survey results reveal that while organizations are still looking for solutions to better equip DC managers to control widespread, mission-critical challenges—such as labor management, order processing and tracking, and warehouse and distribution costs—many remain slow to adopt the necessary technologies to improve supply chain productivity.

Some of the most pressing challenges reflected in the survey include filling more orders (faster and at lower costs), reducing errors in filling orders, and finding enough labor to support operations. While the survey does point to an unmet need to put systems in place that help with workforce productivity, given the challenges that exist around labor, a positive sign is that more than half of respondents (nearly 58%) plan to invest in various types of software and technology over the next 12 months.

Continue Reading the full Report here.

 

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Voice Solutions have been Warehouse Tested

REPOST: Roberto Michel, Logistics Management

Logistics Management met with several voice vendors for a state of the technology review.  In this article they discuss improvements to voice solutions in the recognition engine, analytics and more.  Below is a segment of the article from their meeting with Scott Powell from Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions.

Analytics advantages

Analytics of the data and transactions generated by voice systems also serve as a way to squeeze more productivity from warehouse workflows.  Analytics can spot patterns that help an organization fine tune the use of voice-directed work, says Scott Powell, director of field and channel marketing and workflow solutions for Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions. The analytics package it offers—called Operational Acuity—looks at voice system data in the Cloud, to uncover patterns on how users are interacting with the system.

For example, analytics can tell if a worker might be adequate or good on his or her pick rate, but is using more “utterances” than normal back to the voice system. This sort of pattern might indicate a problem such as incorrect headset positioning, which if adjusted, might further help the productivity of the worker, says Powell.

Honeywell’s analytics solution has also been used to spot instances when the voice system’s commands have been sped up to a higher than recommended pace in an effort to achieve greater throughput, which has resulted in more repeat “say again” utterances. “In this case, they slowed the system down slightly, and by slowing it down, the workers actually went faster,” says Powell.

Broad-based gains

While analytics are proving useful, says Powell, voice solution providers also need to continue to enhance voice recognition. One thing Honeywell has done with its Vocollect voice solution is come up with a capability called Sound Sense, that leverages multiple microphones built into the headset whereby one mic focuses on the worker’s voice and the other is oriented on filtering out background noise.

Another recent enhancement that helps productivity, says Powell, is a function called Touch Connect that accelerates user log on and shift start up. Simply by touching their voice device to a powered-up headset, this feature automatically logs the user in to start the shift. “Our approach with improvements is to really think about what the worker is doing, on what they are dealing with in their environment, and then make sure that everything just works,” Powell says.

Voice also is being applied to other processes in a warehouse, including receiving and putaway, cycle counting, or packing and shipping stations.

See the entire article in Logistics Managment here.

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