January 27, 2010 No comments yet

Training is important if you want to have consistent results.  For training to be effective you most have a training manual with full descriptions for each task.  This is what the teacher should use for each instruction session.  The common practice of having a new hire work with a more seasoned staff member does not assure that the process will be executed the same way that you intended.  Furthermore, training needs to be tested and reinforced when necessary.  A significant part of every supervisor’s job is to observe how tasks are done and note how the individual performs in relation to the written method.  If what the employ is doing yield better results, change the written method and re-train the rest of the staff.  If the results are not better, re-train the employees.

Logistics Management January 2010

January 20, 2010 No comments yet

Look for the comments by Geoff Sisko and me in “5 Low-Cost Warehouse Resolutions” in the January issue of Logistics Management.  It is also in the supplement to Modern Materials Management January 2010.  It present some low cost, quick to implement was to lower distribution costs in 2010.

Sisko presents “Maximizing Warehouse Space”

January 4, 2010 3 comments

Geoff presented his seminar “Maximizing Warehouse Space” in Chicago for WERC for the 27th time .  For information about future sessions go to

Geoff Sisko quoted in industry literature

January 4, 2010 20 comments

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