The UNEX Blog

The Materials Handling Industry in 2019: Plan for productivity

In the fulfillment industry, it’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. The best because the economy is booming, online sales are booming, and the fulfillment business is booming. The worst because all that booming demand resonates across the...

Manufacturing in the US: Why close counts

Does it really matter if products are “Made in the USA?” Before you answer, let me share a few statistics:

Defects: The urgency of finding fault

We all make mistakes, right? It’s how we right the wrongs that count, nowhere is that truer than in manufacturing. Defective products can take a chunk out of profitability; but even more important, they can do serious damage to your reputation. When...

Excess Motion: An active drain on performance

Have you ever watched an elite athlete perform? I don’t mean just watch the score; I mean actually watching their performance. Their movement patterns are astoundingly efficient:

Inventory: Why keeping comfort stock should make you very uncomfortable

We all know keeping excess inventory on hand is not a good business practice, but as much as we understand the importance of just-in-time supply practices, we’re easily susceptible to all those pesky “what-ifs:”

Overprocessing: When too much of a good thing is bad


Here’s How You Can Ensure Automotive Manufacturing Efficiency

Logistics and assembly have a lot they can learn from each other across industries and sectors. Consider the “manufacturing supermarket,” part of the Toyota Production System that mimics the functionality of a retail supermarket within automotive...

Transportation: When work-in-progress becomes a moving target

Any multi-step production process has its logistical challenges, from transporting and receiving components from suppliers to transferring in-production items from one operational area to another. The longer and more circuitous the transit routes, the...

Waiting: Always a losing game

In manufacturing, production, and distribution environments, rhythm is essential. A smooth, steady, predictable flow ensures that each critical component – tools, parts, materials, labor, equipment, information – is available in exactly the right form...

Dealing with Complex Holiday Shopping Trends? Here’s How to Stay Ahead

Consumer holiday shopping is not just increasing year-over-year; for many retailers, it’s getting much more complex. Many retailers are managing everything from e-commerce to brick-and-mortar stores and everything in between:

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