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Achieving excellence in warehousing
By Ken Ackerman
The emphasis of warehousing should go beyond cost-cutting to creating increased value for customers and shareholders. Unfortunately, some senior managers continue to refer to the warehouse as "the backroom," while others consider the hourly workers' job to be "kicking boxes and licking labels."


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NEWS FROM THE INDUSTRY


Retail sales start the year with growth
Logistics Management
Retail sales numbers saw modest gains to begin the New Year, according to data issued by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation. Commerce reported that January retail sales were up 0.2 percent compared to December and up 3.7 percent annually at $449.9 billion. Total retail sales from November 2015 through January 2016 were up 2.5 percent.

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  Chance vs. execution in business decisions
By Ken Ackerman
Much of the stress of 21st-century corporate life is generated by the decision-making process. Warehousing certainly is no exception. We have ample opportunity to witness the pain, as well as a significant amount of wasted time.


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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015
Modern Materials Handling
Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association, the industry's trade group. A total of 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2015, an increase of 14% in units and 11% in dollars over 2014. Robot shipments also set new records, with 28,049 robots valued at $1.6 billion shipped to North American customers in 2015

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WAREHOUSE TIP OF THE MONTH


  Room for improvement: 5 steps to better retail warehouse selection
Multichannel Merchant
The continued growth of omnichannel has changed the dynamic of how much warehouse space companies need and where. As a result, public warehousing, or the short-term use of a 3PL facility, is becoming an increasingly popular supply chain practice.


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MISSION STATEMENT


  Lansdale Warehouse is committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. The Lansdale Warehouse Company provides premier warehouse and distribution services in a safe and secure environment for customers' goods at a reasonable cost. Our "quality management" atmosphere engenders an entrepreneurial attitude that ultimately translates into "100% customer satisfaction through a 'zero defectives' process." Continuous improvement attitudes ensure dependable customer service. Employee participation, honest communication and a clearly defined understanding of our customers' needs support our successful process.






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