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Why Automation Will Enhance— Not Replace— the Human Workforce

Costa Solutions - Monday, April 23, 2018

We’ve all heard it plenty of times before—the story of a future where robots have taken over jobs and rendered thousands unemployed. You’ll hear a great deal about the impending doom surrounding automation and the massive loss of jobs, but what will actually happen? Will it be as bad as we imagine it will be? What will the human workforce be like in a couple of years? Full Text

Top 4 Warehouse KPIs Every Manager Should Measure

Costa Solutions - Monday, April 16, 2018

Key performance indicators allow warehousing companies to define and identify progress toward set business goals. KPIs are vital to the success of every warehouse company but will vary from business to business. They are a reflection of a company’s vision and mission and provide the means by which a company’s inbound freight handling performance can be assessed over time. Simply put, if you don’t have a way of measuring how well your business is doing, you cannot identify the areas that need improvement.  Full Text

Five Strategies for Better Warehouse Profitability

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The warehousing industry is an essential part of any growing economy. The industry has been instrumental in aiding the growth of e-Commerce and maintaining a steady supply of products in markets spread across the globe. Issues like high turnover rates and rising lease costs have painted a gloomy picture for profits warehousing sector. The good news, however, is that with planning and effective strategy formulation, you can transform your warehousing business into a model of increased efficiency and profitability. Full Text

Managed Services Fuel Warehouse Industry Expansion

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Each month, physical retailing continues to lose ground to online purchasing. With the dramatic growth of eCommerce, Texas and the US and world at large are seeing major proliferation of the warehousing sector. Demand for warehousing has reached record highs in recent years. As demand for storage space rises, so has the need for warehouse staff and logistics solutions. Statistics presently indicate that contractors are meeting at least 81% of the staffing needs of warehouses. Full Text

New Threats to Profitability for Texas Warehouses

Costa Solutions - Monday, January 22, 2018
Texas has for the past few years been among the fastest growing warehousing markets in the United States. The trend has, however, slowed down by a significant margin thanks to a combination of factors. Among these are the rising costs of leasing warehouse space and lower availability of skilled employees to hire. Reports also cite the costs associated with hiring warehouse staff, the availability of land, and the rising costs of construction as being directly responsible for the decline in the development of the warehousing sector in Texas.
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Considerations for the Safe Unloading and Storage of Food Products in a Warehouse

Costa Solutions - Thursday, January 11, 2018
To a majority of consumers, food safety and proper handling methods are non-negotiable. Food safety to most people means that there is no risk of naturally occurring toxins, pathogenic microorganisms, and other potentially harmful chemicals ending up in food either deliberately or unintentionally. Businesses involved in the food industry, therefore, hold food safety concerns in high regard. It is regarded to as the most crucial of missions; enforceable by the law. Warehousing facilities play a pivotal role in this task, and a catastrophic failure in the fulfillment of that mandate at any point along the supply chain can result in devastating legal, economic and health consequences.
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Improving Warehouse Efficiency and Meeting Delivery Schedules

Costa Solutions - Monday, December 04, 2017

According to the Food Marketing Institute, up to 75 billion dollars’ worth of sales are lost every year because products are either out of stock or unsalable due to supply related reasons. Food retailers now want suppliers to resolve the persistent problem of incomplete or delayed deliveries. In the past, retailers were used to giving suppliers more leeway, especially since several factors which include bad weather, surges in demand, technology malfunctions and others can and often foil the delivery of essential packaged goods from warehouses scattered across the country. Brands such as Walmart are telling suppliers that on-time deliveries translate directly into more sales and profits.  Full Text

Top Tips for Retaining Warehouse Workers

Costa Solutions - Friday, November 24, 2017
The warehousing sector is a critical part of any growing economy. The industry has been instrumental in aiding the growth of e-Commerce and maintaining a steady supply of goods in markets worldwide. The warehousing industry is erroneously viewed by most as merely involving storage facilities. Warehouses incorporate numerous vital elements that collectively come together to play a substantial role in ensuring that the supply chain functions efficiently. A warehouse workforce is perhaps the most integral of the elements. When not properly managed, high turnover rates, loss of productivity and increased costs can result. What can you do to achieve a satisfied warehouse workforce, and what would it take to retain your warehouse workers? Full Text

The Best Way to Avoid Co-Employment Risk

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Temp agencies are a common resource for companies with seasonal, project-based, or manual labor-intensive operations. In our global economy, everyone is familiar with the advantages of outsourcing, and human resources are no exception. However, hiring a temp agency can quickly become a risky proposition if the legal frameworks surrounding the practice aren’t well-understood. Full Text

Managing Supply Chain Seasonality

Costa Solutions - Friday, September 01, 2017

Seasonal demand is a major part of life in warehouses and distribution centers. In most cases, warehouses see a 15-20% increase in shipping volumes in the months leading up to the holiday season.

Warehouse managers must carefully evaluate the options available to them for protecting margins and ensuring capacity and timely inventory movements.

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