WERC and DC Velocity define 2014 DC Measures of Productivity

Our 11th annual study of distribution center metrics shows that where performance gains are concerned, the lowest achievers outshone their “best-in-class” peers this year.

By Joseph TillmanKarl B. Manrodt and Donnie Williams

While the economy continues to hobble along, distribution professionals are taking advantage of the lull to work out any kinks in their DC operations. That much was clear from the results of our 11th annual metrics survey, which showed continuous year-over-year improvements in performance across a majority of measures. What was interesting this year was that it wasn’t necessarily the top-performing organizations that were making the gains. In many cases, it was the lowest-performing operations that recorded the greatest strides.

The annual research, launched via an online survey in early January, was conducted among DC Velocity readers and members of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). Respondents were asked what metrics they use and how well their organizations performed against 47 key DC and warehousing metrics in 2013. (For purposes of analysis, the measures have been grouped into five categories: customer, operational, financial, capacity/quality, and employee/safety.) More than 400 respondents participated in the study, which is jointly sponsored by DC Velocity and WERC with support from Kronos and Kenco Group.

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