Since about 120 years ago manufacturing and warehouse shift work has been standard procedure. But does it still make sense today?
We’ve seen the introduction of pallets, forklifts, barcodes, inventory management systems, the Toyota Production System, cross-docking, and omni-channel retailing, just to name a few. And yet, even today most operators manually build out weekly schedules based on 8-hour or 12-hour shifts, focused on consistent worker schedules and not necessarily aligned to warehouse activity. To date, there’s been limited adoption of strategic workforce planning strategies or automated employee scheduling in this industry.
Blue Yonder’s strategic workforce planning and workforce management (WFM) helps businesses align labor resources to operational requirements to drive down costs while improving associate engagement. It uses demand forecasting to automatically generate weekly schedules that are tightly aligned with required staff levels.