SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

September 05, 2007 14:19 ET

High-Octane Warehousing

How Top Companies Use Capabilities Like Labor Management, Slotting, & Speech-Based Warehousing for a Competitive Edge

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - A new report by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), reveals nine high-performance capabilities that have a significant impact on improved warehousing performance. As supply chain efficiency increasingly becomes a competitive weapon, managing efficient distribution centers has emerged as a vital strategy for corporate survival. As companies try to gain an edge through practices like slotting, labor management, cartonization, and speech-based warehousing, some are successful while others are not. The Aberdeen survey of 250 distribution centers reveals which of these capabilities has the biggest affect on operational profitability and, more importantly, which specific features and functionality have made the difference between success and failure when it comes to implementation.

"Bar-coding and real-time inventory control are no longer 'state-of-the-art' technology," according to Ian Hobkirk, Senior Analyst with Aberdeen and author of the report. "Companies that adopted these practices a few years ago often find that they've fallen behind their peers in warehouse efficiency. Maintaining a competitive edge depends on effectively using 'high-performance' practices in distribution."

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