Rebecca Gill Discusses Sources of Incremental Cost

By: Thomas Cutler

Rebecca Gill, vice-president of Technology Group International, contributed a feature in the current issue of Progressive Distributor. Gill reveals, "When discussing WMS best practices, one caution must be made immediately. There is no such thing as a "typical warehouse." Each warehouse has some semblance of uniqueness that must be taken into account. That being said, there are things that typically happen in a warehouse that cause incremental cost for the organization. When reviewing WMS best practices, you must focus on these processes that typically happen within the standard warehousing environment."
According to Gill, "When reviewing operational efficiencies and potential cost-savings initiatives, there is no greater savings potential than the areas of inventory control and warehouse management. Properly managing an organization's inventory and warehouse operations through best practice management will, without doubt, provide the largest impact on a company's bottom line than virtually any other functional area."
Sources of Incremental Costs
After reviewing hundreds of warehouse operations over the years, TGI has come to a very basic conclusion.

Most organizations hold unknown incremental costs within their warehouse in one of five areas.
These include:
&bullToo much inventory
&bullIncorrect inventory mix
&bullInventory placed in non-optimal locations in the warehouse
&bullInefficient pick or put away processes
&bullHigh reliance on paper within the warehouse
Optimizing a warehouse and implementing best practice techniques can have a huge impact if a company focuses on these five areas of waste.


About Technology Group International, Ltd.

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toledo , Ohio , Technology Group International is a proven technology leader delivering Tier 1 application software functionality at a price performance level that can be readily accepted by organizations of all sizes. Specializing in software systems for small and mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, TGI's integrated Enterprise Series software suite is a complete business process management solution. The product offering includes Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Warehouse Management System (WMS), Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Decision Support System (DSS), Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and eCommerce. TGI implements, maintains, enhances, and supports its packaged distribution and manufacturing software solutions directly and via its channel partners.

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