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10 Tips to Improve Logistics Workforce Management

Posted by Alex Stark on July 17, 2020

Other than inventory, your logistics workforce is the largest expense in your distribution centers, eating up 50–70% of the warehousing budget. It’s why managing and reducing labor-related expenses is a top priority for just about every logistics executive.

At Kane Logistics, we’re proud that our associate retention levels with our top 10 customers is 80.2%, compared to the industry average of 53.9% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Here are 10 logistics workforce management strategies that work for us, and may work for you.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations

Warehouse Slotting: Low-Hanging Fruit for Labor Savings

Posted by John Kettman on March 19, 2020

After inventory costs, labor is your biggest cost bucket in the warehouse. If you can increase efficiency on the warehouse floor, it’s realistic to drive labor costs down up to 20% – even without automation. That money drops straight to the bottom line.

Labor savings are a product of reduced time and touches, and there are dozens of strategies you could pursue to achieve these objectives. But one strategy – warehouse slotting – is both under-rated and under-utilized.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations

An Interview with Patrick Coughlin, KANE’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Kane Logistics on February 27, 2020

KANE’s new Chief Operating Officer is Patrick Coughlin, a 30+ year logistics industry veteran with a strong history of driving performance excellence in corporate logistics and 3PL environments. We recently sat down with Patrick to discuss the trends and opportunities he’s seeing in the market.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Logistics Safety, Ecommerce Fulfillment, Truck Drivers

The ROI of Logistics Safety Programs

Posted by Alex Stark on August 22, 2019

Every logistics operation will say safety programs are a priority. But many such claims are lip service only. Safety solutions, over and above OSHA-mandated programs, cost money – for training, equipment and software. Many companies struggle to invest money in things that might happen.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety, KANE Company

Use of Temporary Labor for Warehouse Staffing

Posted by Kane Logistics on July 11, 2019

If you were contracting for home renovation work, you might deal with a single general contractor to coordinate the project. But you’d like to feel confident that the people actually laying the tile, putting up the drywall, and attaching the plumbing fixtures have the experience and training to do a quality job. 

The same holds true for the use of temporary labor for warehouse staffing. As a user of third-party logistics (3PL) services, you want to understand how your 3PL utilizes temporary labor and how that might impact work quality.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, KANE Company, Ecommerce Fulfillment

Warehouse Labor: The 'Real' Cost of Warehouse Worker Turnover

Posted by Kane Logistics on May 21, 2019

$7,000 dollars to replace a warehouse worker.

Sound like a lot? Well, that could be the low end. 

Calculating the traceable costs, the cost of warehouse worker turnover can reach 25% of salary. Using an average salary for warehouse workers of $28,000.00 (according to Salary.com), $7,000 is about where you end up. But some experts calculate the real costs, when you factor in lost productivity and other indirect impacts, at 150% of salary. Either way, turnover in the warehouse can be a major drain on profits.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Logistics Labor Management

The ‘Real’ Cost of a Warehouse Associate

Posted by Kane Logistics on April 23, 2019

Other than inventory, labor is your biggest warehousing expense.  And that warehouse labor… well, it's costing you a lot more than you may think. 

According to salary.com, the average warehouse associate's salary is about $28,000.  But many related expenses combine to make the total cost to your company for that full time employee much higher.  Let's take a look at these additional warehouse labor expenses.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Logistics Labor Management

Tackling the Logistics Industry Talent Gap from the Inside Out

Posted by Alex Stark on February 14, 2019

There’s a talent gap in logistics today and companies are dealing with it in different ways. 

For KANE, that’s meant placing more emphasis than ever on hiring logistics workers from within.  Recently, we caught up with KANE’s VP of Human Resources, Amy Wren, to discuss the subject.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, KANE Company

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