NEWS FROM ASCENSION

The latest supply chain updates.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Simply put, strategic planning is a necessary review of a business’s operational status that determines the goals of the organization and where it is going over the next year or more. Typically, a strategic plan will set goals, create a plan, and determine measurements for success. There are a variety of perspectives, models and approaches used in strategic planning and usually the way that a strategic plan is developed depends on the nature of the organization’s leadership, culture of the …

SELECTING YOUR DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER’S WAVING STRATEGIES

By Richard Barnes In the new digital age, distribution centers are dealing with increasingly diverse order profiles.  Wholesale orders are changing from pallet size orders to case size orders. Digital orders from the web are becoming more frequent with a smaller number of items as consumers only order what they need. In previous articles we examined the need to review picking processes and picking technologies. This article highlights the possible waving strategies that will enable new digital order processes. Waving …

WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS A SLOTTING ASSESSMENT

There is a lot of buzz around “slotting”… so let’s take a look at a few of the main reasons you would need a slotting assessment from an experienced warehouse expert: Successfully slotting your warehouse is arguably the fastest way to reduce your overhead. In today’s fast-moving marketplace, the success of your business can hinge on whether or not your warehouse operation is efficient enough to meet your customers’ needs. If your warehouse isn’t properly slotted, you could be literally …

TOP 3 REASONS YOUR COMPANY NEEDS A SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT

Sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees. Your company most definitely could benefit from an Supply Chain Assessment. You may just discover ways to improve efficiencies, lower costs and streamline operations. There could be a myriad of reasons why you should jump on this ASAP, but let’s explore the top 3 reasons why your company needs an supply chain assessment, and then get you scheduled for one STAT. What is an supply chain assessment, anyway? An Supply Chain …

UP, UP and AWAY!

JDA FOCUS 2018 PRESENTATION WITH JDA CLOUD, ASCENSION LOGISTICS HELPS GE REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH A COMPLETE CLOUD SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION TUESDAY 5/7 @2:45pm – GRAND BALLROOM SALON 3-4 Elevate your JDA systems with the JDA Cloud! In 2017/2018 GE completed WMS system upgrade to 8.2 using JDA Cloud with help from Ascension Logistics, allowing them to manage all 4 of their warehouses on the same platform, process and WMS version. Come discover how JDA Cloud can elevate your WMS with …

FOUR TECH OPTIONS FOR YOUR DIGITAL ORDER PROFILE

Check out the available picking technologies to enhance your digital distribution center. By Richard Barnes In a previous article, we examined how distribution centers will need to change their picking processes to deal with a more diverse order profile in the new digital age. As customers continue the trend of only ordering what they need, digital orders are becoming more frequent with a smaller number of items. In response, wholesale orders are changing from pallet-sized orders to case-sized orders. This article …

FOUR PICKING OPTIONS FOR YOUR DIGITAL ORDER PROFILE

Sorting and moving materials and goods in the distribution center can eat up a lot of your logistics budget. The right picking solution can make a big difference. By Richard Barnes As consumer product companies go digital with orders coming from a growing list of omni-channel sources, order profiles are evolving rapidly. Oftentimes these profiles are reduced to just a few items per order. To meet these changing demands, digital distribution centers are reviewing their picking solution methodologies to improve …

GREATWIDE LOGISTICS AND ASCENSION LOGISTICS UPGRADE WMS

ON TIME, UNDER BUDGET Ascension Logistics recently completed a successful JDA WMS v8.2 go-live for Greatwide Logistics, one of the leading providers of truckload transportation and warehouse/distribution services in the U.S. and Canada. Before the upgrade, Greatwide was running an unsupported operating system and needed additional hardware upgrades. They turned to Ascension Logistics for upgrade expertise and support. It was determined that upgrade was necessary both to stay on JDA’s upgrade path, and to be able to implement new hardware …

WHICH WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR DIGITAL ORDER PROFILE?

Let’s talk about how you can decide which warehouse management system is right for your digital order profile. By Richard Barnes In a recent column, I discussed how distribution centers are going to have to deal with a more diverse order profile in the new digital age. Wholesale orders will be changing from pallet-size orders to case-size orders. Digital orders from the web will be more frequent with a smaller number of items and customers will ultimately be ordering only …

JDA PARCEL AND UPS – DID YOU MISS THE DEADLINE?

If you’re a JDA Parcel customer, listen up. Things with UPS have changed. Effective January 1, 2018, Parcel customers needed to be compliant with TLS 1.2 security standards in order to ensure compliance and continue to use Parcel to process their UPS shipments. The deadline for compliance was December 31, 2017. If you’re reading this, chances are you missed the deadline. And now you are dealing with the fallout. Maybe you’re still looking to become compliant but don’t know where …

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