The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Is There a Compelling Case for Voice Technology Outside of Picking?

April 9th, 2016

A question that comes up frequently is, “How should we use voice technology in areas of the distribution center outside of picking?” This blog provides some insight.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment Scenarios Driving Today’s Businesses – Part 1 of 2

April 8th, 2016

Commonwealth has identified six basic scenarios that companies are likely to find themselves in with respect to their e-commerce fulfillment adoption strategy. In this multi-part blog post, we’ll explore these scenarios and discuss how a company’s e-commerce strategy will vary based upon which scenario they find themselves in.

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Material Handling System Simulation: A Valuable Tool for Distribution Center Design

March 8th, 2016

Beyond being a way to razzle-dazzle executives into spending a lot of money on a material handling system, simulation software can actually offer tangible benefits to companies in a variety of different situations.  This article examines several instances where companies may wish to leverage material handling system simulation.

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Dimensional Weight Billing for Parcel Shipments – An Action Plan for Minimizing its Toll on Your Costs

September 1st, 2014

UPS and FedEx have both recently announced that they will price all ground shipments using dimensional weight starting January 1, 2015. As a result, it will cost more to ship Ground packages where the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight. This post outlines a three step action plan for companies wanting to proactively minimize the impact.

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Gathering Cube Data on SKUs

July 24th, 2014

As both FedEx and UPS extend their dimensional weight pricing model (previously reserved for  packages with dimensional weight greater than 3 cubic feet) to all ground shipments, many companies are embarking on initiatives to develop better cubing and cartonization capabilities with the ultimate goal of reducing box sizes. Under the new system which goes into effect, January 1, 2015, shipping costs will go up on packages where the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight.

This article outlines how to efficiently gather cube data on SKUs to enable techniques like cartonization which can help decrease box sizes to reduce shipping cost increases.

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