Do More With Less: How to Thrive in a Challenging Labor Market

The distribution and fulfillment (D&F) industry is facing an increasingly low number of skilled workers to fill available warehouse jobs. The baby boomer generation is retiring, but younger generations do not have the skills or interest in taking over their jobs. High turnover rates also plague the D&F industry. As newcomers are hired, on-the-job training must be completed. And if they leave, the time given to training them has been wasted. 

This poses a challenge for D&F centers, as the demand for omnichannel fulfillment shows no signs of slowing down. To keep pace with demand and remain profitable, distribution centers (DCs) have recognized the importance of managing their labor pool for optimal performance and efficiency. By trusting labor management software (LMS), DC operators can properly utilize their workforce, identify and fix areas of their operation that are not yet at maximum efficiency, and collect data for future decision-making.

A shrinking qualified labor pool and pressure to increase operational performance place a premium on maximizing workforce productivity. Understanding the relationship among labor yields, processes and facility output creates a virtuous cycle to optimize the workforce and improve operational efficiency. With automated functionalities, in-depth reporting and thorough analysis, LMS frees management to look beyond simple labor tracking to unlock new levels of productivity that eclipse the capabilities of alternative solutions.

Read our white paper to learn how labor management software can help you manage your operation.