Dick Friedman: Tech Tips

Dick Friedman writes about inventory management strategy and tactics and warehouse operations and management.

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How to fight a new e-commerce distribution tactic

Take control.

The list of competitors is growing.


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Seemingly dead inventory can still produce revenue

Don’t liquidate it.

Remember that most of the slow/no movers were initially purchased because there was demand or someone thought there would be demand.


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How robots can run a warehouse

Space-age labor.

While contemplating the use of automation, remember proper warehouse organization and the procedures and controls followed are the foundation for effective operations. The less automation involved, the greater the need for organization and discipline.


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Newspapers and supply houses

The Washington Post sale could help you.

What could the recent sale of The Washington Post have to do with PHCP, PVF and HVACR supply houses? Once you understand who bought the newspaper that brought down a U.S. president and what this individual has accomplished, you will understand the threat he poses to supply houses.  


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Google may eliminate the need for supply houses

A new threat?

 If you think AmazonSupply is a threat to PHCP supply houses, you “ain’t seen nothing yet.” 


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Take it back

How the warehouse can help customer returns.
Thanks to great efforts on the part of supply houses, customers have become accustomed to getting almost all the items they want, in the ordered quantities, at the right prices and when needed.
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Doing more with less

Have you adjusted your warehouse to the new normal?
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Tackling an 8,000-lb. gorilla

How to use your inventory and warehouse to compete with Amazon Supply.
Amazon Supply, a new 8,000-lb. gorilla, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Amazon Supply is a separate unit, not an extension of the Amazon consumer side, and uses its own business-oriented website.
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The peopleless warehouse

Automation still requires organization and discipline.
It sounds like pie in the sky, yet one of my clients is considering implementing extensive automation to avoid the ever-escalating costs of labor. His vision would still involve some people, not a totally peopleless warehouse - one in which, day and night, all physical movement of items is handled by automated equipment controlled by software.
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