Selecting the Right Labor Management System (LMS)

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Ask the typical warehouse manager to reveal his or her wish list and "better labor productivity" will probably be at or near the top of that agenda. Constrained by four walls and charged with managing a long list of monotonous, repetitive tasks on a daily basis, these professionals revel in being able to squeeze additional productivity from their labor forces. To achieve that goal, some are turning to Labor Management Systems (LMS).

Used primarily by manufacturers and distributors, LMSs report on all labor activity and then compare that activity both to historical data and established labor standards. Utilizing that data, a company can more accurately forecast the number of workers it needs to handle seasonal business fluctuations, for example, or to best allocate human resources when half the staff comes down with the flu. 

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About Bridget McCrea

Bridget McCrea covers business and technology topics for various publications. She can be reached at bridgetmc@earthlink.net.

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