Supply Chain Wednesday

Today’s

Vocabulary

(1) Warehouse: A place a company uses to keep things.

We try to keep inventory in our warehouse as low as possible.

(2) Goo: Supply Chain Management slang for goods or products.

We make sure people can get their goo in just one business day.

(3) Pick-pack worker: Someone who works in a warehouse and assembles packages.

Robots are taking the jobs of lots of pick-pack workers. Is it a good thing?

Today’s

Questions

1. What is this video about?

a. How robots are used to make warehouses more efficient.

b. How robots are destroying jobs.

c. How robots are creating jobs.

2. What example does he give at the beginning of the video?

a. A person ordering some clothes online.

b. A new kind of company.

c. How big warehouses have become.

3. What did his old company try to do?

a. Deliver clothes.

b. Deliver groceries.

c. Deliver car parts.

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Supply Chain Wednesday

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By Jeremy Schaar

Mike Mountz–Let the Inventory Walk and Talk (Part 1)

Have you ordered things online? Have you thought about what happens after you make your order? Is it magic? How does your stuff to get to your house?

Well, in this video, Mick Mountz makes the magic disappear and explains how robots move things around the building so workers can stay in one place.

It’s not too hard to understand, but there’s a lot of vocabulary that you might not know. In this lesson, I’ll explain lots of words. They’re all from the first two minutes of the video! That’s be enough for today. In a future lesson, we’ll look at the video in more detail.

  1. Pick: To choose an item. In the video, workers pick items and put them in boxes.
  2. Package: To put an item in a box.
  3. Ship: To send something. After items are picked and packaged, they’re shipped to customers.
  4. Pick, package, ship setting: A place where items are organized for delivery. For example, Amazon.com has many places where items are collected and sent.
  5. Mobile robots: Machines that can move. Mobile robots are used instead of humans. Instead of humans walking around to get stuff, mobile robots take things to the humans.
  6. Warehouse: A place a company uses to keep things.
  7. To assemble: To put something together. To assemble an order means to put all the parts of an order together.
  8. Order: Something a customer wants. An order of french fries at McDonalds costs about $1.
  9. To submit: To send information. If you submit an order, you tell the company you want something from them.
  10. Goo: Supply Chain Management slang for goods or products.
  11. Inventory: The stuff a company has in a warehouse. The things it owns and plans to use or sell.
  12. Pick-pack worker: Someone who works in a warehouse and assembles packages.
  13. Distribution: Sending stuff around. Companies with lots of stuff need to distribute it to customers. This can, for example, be done with a store or by mail.
  14. Order fulfillment: (noun) The act of sending a customer the things they want
  15. To fill an order: (verb) The act of sending a customer the things they want

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Answers To Today’s Questions

A, A, B

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