In Capacity LLC’s continuing pursuit of packaging excellence, we drop more stuff off of the roof. This time we drop off glass bottles and scented candles (in bottles). Take a look at how it all works out. Chief Strategy Officer Thom Campbell serves as MC, joined by CEO Jeff Kaiden as the dropper and CFO Arlen Fish as official witness. What would you like us to drop next?
At Capacity LLC we’re proud to call New Jersey home (not forgetting our crucial California warehousing operation!). We already know that the area is a vital distribution hub, of course, but it’s always welcome to have that viewpoint validated by a third party, as this feature on DC Velocity explains.
The Port of New York/New Jersey is one of the largest entry points for goods coming into the U.S., behind only its West coast peers in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The port district itself is 25 miles long and handles in excess of 75 million metric tons (RITA, 2009) every year. That’s a lot of cargo to sort, store, and redistribute to final destinations! Whether moving further into the U.S. via intermodal transport solutions or finding a consumer closer to the New Jersey-area, goods must move quickly through the port and make use of solid infrastructure to travel to a distribution center (DC) to await the next phase of their journey. New Jersey – and particularly central NJ – provides “easy access to all the major modes of transportation: road, rail, air, and ocean.”
With a high concentration of the population in the Northeast, New Jersey doubles as a core base of operations for warehousing and logistics. We see time and again that major retailers find their sweet spot in this state, whether that means creating their own facility, as exemplified by Amazon’s massive facility under construction in Robbinsville, NJ, or employing a company like Capacity LLC to provide retail fulfillment solutions, as have brand names like Macy’s and Target. The combined efficiency of pulling cargo straight from port to DC, and efficiently managing its storage/delivery through to final point-of-sale is an attractive proposition for company and consumer alike.
Even with this prime position, however, New Jersey’s logistics providers can’t rest on their laurels. Major impacts are expected from such transport developments as the impending Panama Canal expansion, meaning that the state and region must be ready to handle the anticipated growth. Already an efficient operation, new developments will see billions of dollars of investment come to fruition in the near future, with the raising of the Bayonne Bridge and the implementation of the ExpressRail System being two projects at the heart of this expansion.
The jobs and economic growth that come with this adaptation of our industry is hugely welcome after a tough year of natural disasters and the struggle to get things back to normal. Watching our area develop is one of the highlights and, we’ll say just one more time, something that we’ at Capacity LLC are proud to play a part in!
Warehouse management is set to see significant benefits in the near future thanks to advances in mobile technology.
As strong advocates for improving order management through the application of new technologies, Capacity LLC has embraced developing systems including custom online order management and EDI-controlled fulfillment.
These may be just the tip of the iceberg, however, as mobile data integration begins to permeate what is an increasingly tech-driven profession. A recent survey by Motorola confirms this, finding that 66% of respondents plan to better equip staff with new technology in the near future, and identifying new areas of business growth driven by smarter warehousing.
Perhaps surprisingly, much of the technology at the heart of moving warehouse management forward is already at work, in our own pockets. Our mobile devices can monitor where we are, where we end up, many of the points in between and how long it took to get to each. When applied to the moving parts of the warehouse environment – fork lift trucks, tagged pallets of stock, communications devices on staff, and much more – a potential treasure trove of real-time and archival data is unearthed.
The pressing questions for solutions providers then become where to utilize it and how to effectively integrate the systems reliant on these data?
Thankfully there are plenty of excellent data analysis experts out there to do that legwork for warehouse management, not to mention software that can be employed to manage much of the process. This frees up managers to make plans and decisions in their own area of expertise, judging the information that will be of most use and applying the findings to improve system efficiency. This will become a continuous process of data collection, analysis, implementation and refinement as all of the parties involved begin to put together their preferred solutions
Our own warehouse management system is provided by Foxfire Technologies and employs specifically programmed elements that allow us to handle bespoke client profiles, locating and picking right down to the item level. Learn more about the system and the way we approach warehouse management here.
Warehouse demand is increasing as e-commerce becomes an ever more important part of the economy. The economic recovery and continued improvements in technology have enabled the warehouse sector to grow and emerge from the turbulence of past years, according to the Financial Times. Prologis, the world’s largest industrial landlord, has noted that this has caused rental rates to rise after falling by more than 25 percent during the Great Recession.
We’re wondering the growth noted by Prologis has been in part a result of the increased diversity of services offered by warehousing companies. As the economy expands beyond brick and mortar stores into a more diverse economy retailers and consumers are asking for an array of services ranging from custom packaging to same or next day delivery services.
Prologis, whose clients include Amazon, FedEx, Unilever and Home Depot reports that vacancies in its buildings greater than 250,000 sq ft, stand at only 1 per cent while there’s not room at those more than 500,000 sq ft.
In the Financial Times article Prologis also commented on the difficulty of modifying existing warehouse space for the demands of e-commerce. Those of you who know Capacity LLC are aware that this is a development that has occupied many of our waking hours. We’re obsessed with applying cutting edge technologies and offering the latest services to both our traditional and e-commerce clients. As the economy, thankfully, begins to grow once again, we’re excited about working with our clients to expand their businesses.