Technology

Prepare Your Company – Be Coronavirus Ready

With the coronavirus continuing to spread, you may be asking yourself how to best keep your employees healthy and infection-free. The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a pneumonia-like virus that originated in China and has now spread to six out of the seven world’s continents, excluding Antarctica. There are now more than 83,000 cases with at least 2,800 deaths worldwide. New coronavirus cases were reported in Europe, including Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia with some cities in Italy on lock down. There are several cases of the virus reported in the U.S. The outbreak in China seems to be slowing, but if you would like to prepare your business for the possibility of a potential pandemic, see our suggestions below. Communication Work with your HR department to prepare an instruction guide for employees ahead of time to educate them about the coronavirus and ways that they can keep themselves healthy. This material should be communicated through all available channels to ensure that all employees can access it. A couple of great resources to utilize when gathering information include the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flexibility The best way to avoid possible transmission within your company is to implement flexible working arrangements. This eliminates the potential for transmission not only at the office, but also during their work commute. During this time, take advantage of project management dashboards, chat platforms and other online tools. If this is not an option, implementing face masks, hand sanitizer and proper personal hygiene can help avoid viral infections at the workplace. Reconsider Leave We want to avoid a situation in

Prepare Your Company – Be Coronavirus Ready2020-03-03T11:35:05-05:00

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 2020

Each year the way we do business continues to evolve as technology advances. These changes have international affects across the globe, while others influence us on a personal level. Overall, technology is altering how we work and understand our businesses. Smart Warehousing and Paul Wallbank with Ovations have predicted the following technology trends and focuses for 2020. 1.) Computers Machines are gradually taking over more tasks within all different industries, from long-haul trucking and customer service to healthcare and inventory management. For example, Smart Warehousing utilizes S.W.I.M.S., our web-based order and inventory management system created specifically for the warehousing and supply chain management industry, to provide our customers with real-time visibility of their inventory. All the while, these computers are talking to each other, which speeds up decision making processes and reduces the need for specific management within companies. 2.) Reorganization As mentioned, the increase of computers and quicker decision-making results in the need for less management. In order to remain competitive, companies must reduce management levels in order to process information quicker. If not, they will lose business to others who are more adept. 3.) 3D Printing 3D printers build three-dimensional, solid objects by adding material layer by layer through a computer-aided design model. This allows the user to print anything from an acoustic guitar to entire houses. 3D printing is occurring alongside advances in biological engineering. It is predicted that within the next decade we will have the capability to print skin, body parts and organs. 4.) Mobile Apps It is hard to imagine a time when we did not have access to smart phones, and the mobile

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 20202019-12-23T13:14:01-05:00

Innovative Tool: Real-Time Status Updates

Smart Warehousing would like to share with you an innovative feature within SWIMS to help you utilize visibility in your day-to-day business. The In-Process Report is an extremely valuable tool that provides real-time status updates on all your orders and receipts at the touch of a button! The report displays what orders are scheduled to go out today, as well as what orders are shipping in the future. It can also be used for exceptions management, letting you know if a scheduled order didn’t pick up the day before and why. Need to check on a large order that must meet a customer delivery date? Check the notes in the In-Process Report to make sure that everything is on track! Smart Warehousing In-Process Reporting Status Update Cut down on the back and forth email traffic by using the In-Process Report to get status updates throughout the day! To access the In-Process Report: Log in to your SWIMS account – https://www.smart1secure.com/cgi-bin/login.cgi On the left menu, scroll down to the reporting buttons and select Filter based on orders and receipts Smart Warehousing’s development team continues to focus on providing cutting edge tools that bring the supply chain to life. Technology will always to be a cornerstone of Smart Warehousing and their operations. Smart believes in enabling both their clients and personnel with technology to provide an industry leading experience you won’t find anywhere else. If you have any questions about the In-Process Report or need a SWIMS account ID, please contact your account manager. Don’t currently utilize Smart Warehousing for your warehousing and fulfillment needs? Please reach out to us

Innovative Tool: Real-Time Status Updates2019-06-03T15:42:02-05:00