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Our latest thoughts on topics and issues impacting workforce management, productivity, and continuous improvement.

Revitalising Your Warehouse Operations with an Optimised WMS

When did you last review your replenishment configuration within your distribution centre (DC) operation?

The DC operational flow is a symphony of precision, each element moving in perfect harmony to ensure outbound orders are staged in full and on time. Achieving this precision is only possible with a well-configured and diligently maintained Warehouse Management System (WMS), the backbone of this orchestration.

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Retail Refined: Driving Profitability with Superior Process Design and Labor Models

In today’s retail landscape, striking the right balance between operational efficiency and labour compliance is not just a goal—it’s a necessity. Retailers confront the challenge of optimising their workforc’s efficiency while adhering to the intricate web of labour regulations. Achieving this equilibrium boosts profitability and protects the brand from potential compliance infractions and reputational damage. This exploration highlights the crucial role of process optimisation and design in retail, showcasing how these strategies enhance operational efficiency, ensure labour compliance, and lay the groundwork for sustainable profitability and growth.

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Connors Group: Pioneers in Warehouse Management Solutions

Established in 2008, Connors Group has become a leader in enhancing productivity across retail, manufacturing, and supply chains. Our approach integrates Consulting, Training, and Software to deliver significant operational improvements. Our global experience spans many businesses, from emerging startups to some of the world’s largest corporations. Our diverse team, over 180 strong, blends Industrial Engineers, Industry Executives, Workforce Management Specialists, and Professional Trainers. This rich mix of expertise ensures that our clients receive unparalleled support in extracting maximum value from their labour and capital investments.

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It’s Time to Complete an Operations Assessment – When & Why It’s the Right Choice

Warehousing and distribution operations face constant pressures from the market to perform – whether it’s trending up or down. The industry has seen rapid change especially in the last few years; Labor costs are up over 30%, 60% more warehousing jobs are needed, fuel costs are up 50%, and industrial real estate costs are up 30%. With e-commerce growth continuing and the challenging macro-economic situation across the globe, the only constant for the supply chain industry will be change. Execution of your supply chain strategy hinges on being able to adapt and evolve your operation in conjunction with these market pressures.

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The Power of Lean Transformation: A Guide to Manufacturing Excellence

In manufacturing, efficiency isn’t just desirable; it’s imperative for survival. Lean principles are the cornerstone of operational excellence, revolutionising traditional manufacturing processes. This blog article explores what Lean entails, the significance of Lean thinking, the step-by-step approach to a Lean transformation, and the anticipated outcomes and benefits.

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Is Automation or Technology the Only Way to Improve Productivity?

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the pressure to increase productivity without expanding headcount is a pervasive challenge across industries. Connors Group stands at the forefront of addressing this challenge, merging innovative solutions with a deep understanding of the workforce, facilities, and materials involved.

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Optimizing Supply Chain Success: The Imperative of Consistency and Standardization in Managing Multiple 3PL Partners

As companies grow and their networks become more complex, developing a strategic approach that leverages the services of multiple third-party logistics (3PL) providers becomes increasingly essential. This is particularly true for large enterprises in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Food/Beverage industries, which often rely on multiple 3PL partners to minimize risk and encourage healthy competition. However, managing multiple providers can be challenging, and the biggest question is how to ensure that each provider is treated fairly and managed accurately. This blog explores the challenges of managing multiple 3PLs. It provides strategies for creating a level playing field that promotes fair and accurate oversight for all parties while fostering a strong collaborative partnership to optimize operations.

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