Best Practices in Distribution Center Design and Management Featured in New Blog

Former supply chain analyst and managing director of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors, Ian Hobkirk, has launched his blog, “Getting it Right in the Distribution Center” on market-leading logistics website, DC Velocity.

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Ian Hobkirk, Managing Director of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors

Ian Hobkirk, Managing Director of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors

Distribution centers are designed to support a given range of business needs, when these needs change, inefficiencies or services can gaps arise. My mission with this blog is to provide practical ‘how-to’ solutions for addressing these issues.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

Managing director of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors, Ian Hobkirk, has launched a new blog to help supply chain leaders create and manage high performance distribution centers. Gradual or sudden business changes such as growth, acquisition, new product lines, shifts in channel demand, etc. can create inefficiencies or service issues in the distribution center. This new resource provides ideas for supply chain leaders who need to either make minor tactical adjustments to their distribution center operations or broader changes to distribution center strategy. The blog, “Getting it Right in the Distribution Center,” is featured on DC Velocity’s highly-regarded website.

“I see hundreds of distribution centers every year. Most of the time these companies are faced with the need to improve picking efficiency, overall facility capacity, or accuracy. Distribution centers are designed to support a given range of business needs, when these needs change, inefficiencies or services gaps arise. My mission with this blog is to provide practical ‘how-to’ solutions for addressing these issues,” says Hobkirk.

Blog topics include strategic distribution center network planning; distribution center methodologies and processes; technologies such as warehouse management systems (WMS) and material handling automation; and facility layout design.

Recent posts include: “The Accellos and HighJump Software Merger – What Does it Mean?” and “Carts, Conveyors, or Carousels? Knowing Which Pick Strategy is Best for Your Distribution Center”. New topics are posted to the blog regularly.

Ian Hobkirk is the founder and managing director of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors. Over his career, he has helped hundreds of companies reduce their distribution labor costs, improve space utilization, and meet their customer service objectives. He has formed supply chain consulting organizations for two different systems integration firms, and managed the supply chain execution practice at The Aberdeen Group, a leading technology analyst firm. Hobkirk has authored dozens of publications on supply chain topics and speaks at industry events across the country.

About Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors
Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors is a leading supply chain consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes structure their supply chain networks, design distribution centers, and select and implement supply chain technology like warehouse management software (WMS). Commonwealth is based in Boston and works with clients across the globe. For more information, please contact Jennifer Thomas at (617) 948-2153 or visit http://www.commonwealth-sca.com.

About DC Velocity
DC Velocity speaks solely to the specific informational needs of those executives responsible, directly and indirectly, for their companies' logistics operations. It reaches 60,000-plus logistics professionals each month via the print brand and digital apps, each week via e-newsletters, and each day with Web-based content that is specifically tailored to readers' wide-ranging informational needs.


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