At iHub Solutions, we look at 3rd Party Logistics ( 3PL ) with a view towards how we can deliver value to our customers in terms of cost and service quality. We leverage on innovative business models, efficient process management, harness IT and technologies to establish a business viable supply chain for the customer.
Optimized Storage Solutions
By harnessing the relevant technologies in warehousing, we are able to deliver storage solutions that bring to our customers quantifiable benefits in terms of reduced storage space, cargo handling costs and inventory accuracy through the optimisation of storage options and through the streamlining of activities. We ensure storage space is minimized by optimising the cargo in 3 axis, viz length, depth and height. This takes into consideration product sizes (especially odd shaped cargo), packaging, different pallet sizes, handling to avoid damage. The storage strategy used will also impact on fast order picking, replenishments and inventory accuracy. Some of the strategies that we deploy are: (a) Palletized (Bulk) Storage (b) Cartonized Storage (c) Bin Storage (d) Spare Parts Storage (e) Conventional Storage, barcodes are applied to locations and bins.
iHub Solutions provides a comprehensive, integrated order processing solution so that orders are processed seamlessly and accurately. Whether you’re processing a few orders a day or a few thousand, we have an efficient, scalable order processing solution to meet your specific needs.
Customers can access our website to release orders to iHub. The status of these orders are visible and updated in realtime till its completion. We customize the order processing software ourselves and can exchange data in whatever format required by customers’ ERP systems.
All invoices and delivery orders can be printed at iHub thus removing the need to incur expensive courier fees. The format of these documents can be customized to the customers’ specifications.
Order Pick Strategies
Order Picking is one of the most critical warehousing processes. It’s just the nature of distribution and fulfillment that you generally have more outbound transactions than inbound transactions, and the labor associated with the outbound transactions is likely a big piece of the total warehouse labor budget. Another reason for the high level of importance placed on order picking operations is its direct connection to customer satisfaction. The ability to quickly and accurately process customer orders has become an essential part of doing business.
The methods for order picking vary greatly and the level of difficulty in choosing the best method for your operation will depend on the type of operation you have. The characteristics of the product being handled, total number of transactions, total number of orders, picks per order, quantity per pick, picks per SKU, total number of SKUs, value-added processing such as private labeling, and whether you are handling piece pick, case pick, or full-pallet loads are all factors that will affect your decision on a method for order picking. Many times a combination of picking methods is needed to handle diverse product and order characteristics.
Key objectives in designing an order picking operation include increases in productivity, reduction of cycle time, and increases in stock accuracy. Often times these objectives may conflict with one another in that a method that focuses on productivity may not provide a short enough cycle time, or a method that focuses on accuracy may sacrifice productivity.
Accuracy Regardless of the type of operation you are running, accuracy will be a key objective. Virtually every decision you make in setting up a warehouse will have some impact on accuracy, from the product numbering scheme, to the design of product labels, product packaging, the design of picking documents, location numbering scheme, storage equipment, lighting conditions, and picking method used. Technologies that aide in picking accuracy include pick-to-light systems, counting scales, and bar code scanners. Beyond the design aspects of an order picking operation, employee training, accuracy tracking, and accountability are essential to achieving high levels of accuracy.
In Reverse Logistics, we collect box cargo without its attendant packaging like cartons, pallets, etc. The process of collection involves:
- Careful handling and transportation to avoid cargo damage;
- Sorting of cargo into its constituent parts or SKUs;
- Disposal of obsolete and unusable products with customers’ approval;
- Categorization of products and putaway into storage locations;
- Refurbishment and asset recovery.
Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)
iHub Solutions provides its customers with increased visibility into the supply chain by:
- Providing real-time data that allows for accurate insight into your total inventory available
- Managing assets moving through the supply chain
- Forecasting future inventory needs
- Automatically issuing replenishment notices to ensure that products are consistently available
Many iHub Solutions customers benefit from the reduction in risks within the Supply Chain and obtain an added competitive advantage in the market place.
The warehouses that we operate comes with comprehensive security systems to protect customers’ interests.
- CCTV system with internet accessibility
- Burglar alarm with CMS (Central Monitoring System)
- Facial Recognition Time & Attendance System
- Door Access control and Motion Detectors
- 24 hour security guard & dog
Your insurance premium to protect your goods would be cost effective to reflect the extensive security measures that we have installed.
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