Ways In Which Technology Has Changed Warehouse Management

December 11, 2020

Technology has revolutionized work culture and efficiency in every corner of the world, and warehouses are no exception to this. Time and energy consumption has been dramatically reduced with the increase in gadgets aided operations that aid in planning foolproof warehouse systems.

Let’s look into some of the reasons to justify this statement.  

1. Small Bar Code Scanning

This feature has been designed specially to optimize work and provide a more efficient level of service to the consumers. Barcoding makes product picking and analysis easier. It can eliminate the need for workforce and observation error. This, in turn, hastens the process of delivery, thus increasing consumer satisfaction.

2. Timely Tracking

It is an integral yet tiresome part of the warehouse and has been installed as a part of almost all the warehouse management software. This helps to trace a product and helps the authorities resolve issues if any, instantaneously. The contact numbers of the respective departments will be added to make communication and transportation easier. This ensures the product reaches the consumer on time which directly reflects on the progress of the company

3. In-Vehicle technology

Most of the online websites provide an estimated delivery date of a product to the consumer. This puts more pressure on the warehouse to pick, package and transport the product at a given time. Thanks to the advancement in technology, many applications have evolved that organize time and locations of the available vehicles.

Time taken to reach a destination and the areas that can be covered on the way is all calculated by these applications making it easy for the driver to travel. In recent times, vehicles have inbuilt cameras to monitor the stocks and safety of the stocks. Some of the products might require special packaging which needs to be handled with care, and a few others might require a specific temperature. All of this can be monitored through the screen, and in case of any disruption, the situation can be managed effectively.

4. Drones

Drones are turning into the most effective ways of picking and transporting hefty products. This reduces the risk of slip and injury, which used to be expected with the labour force. Leading companies such as Amazon have started using robot-assisted warehouse management. Although expensive initially, the long-term efficiency is outstanding and more reliable under adequate monitoring and control.

5. Internet of Things

This is like Amazon Echo we use at home. It includes all the devices and software working to manage the warehouse. The efficiency of IoT is increased with the use of robotics. This decreases the workload on employees and can control most of the operations mediated by robotic pickers and gadgets. The scope of IoT is believed to increase in every corner of warehouse management in the near future. It also optimizes your workspace.

6. Automated Label

Categorizing and labelling products has been a time-consuming task in the past. Digitalization has led to machine mediated rapid printing and labelling. The data is entered in a desktop or the printing device following which the products are labelled with all the information needed. It also improves warehouse efficiency.

Technology has become essential in warehouse storage as it is directly related to consumer satisfaction and better efficiency.