When it comes to your warehouse, modernizing it means boosting its productivity. In addition to actually physically speeding things up (new technology is always faster), it will also provide a positive influence on your employees’ morale and motivation, which will make for more productivity!
Providing your warehouse with quality lighting is an investment well-worth the money. Human beings don’t do well in dark, dim environments and hugely benefit from sunlight. Unfortunately, warehouses can’t really rely on sunlight, seeing as these spaces are meant to be closed-off to a passer-by’s eye. Providing proper lighting is, therefore, extremely important.
If you aren’t concerned about your workers’ mood (which you definitely should be), then think about all the safety issues and potential errors that might occur if there is no proper lighting. Worker injuries will not only dwindle your productivity, but will be breeding grounds for a hefty lawsuit. So, make sure that you’ve installed quality LED lights in your warehouse – these might be a tad more expensive, but do pay of in a long run, they are environmentally-friendly and provide the closest thing to natural sunlight that an artificial light can provide.
Did you know that barcodes were originally used to mark railroad cars? Just a fun fact before we get into it. After someone cleverly came up with an idea to use barcodes in supermarkets, by developing a system, they were almost instantly and universally accepted. Today, barcodes are used almost everywhere and warehouses are no exception. Easy to create, easy to use, barcodes are systems that ebb away human error in manually typed data. This greatly reduces inventory costs and barcodes can be placed on everything and take up no space.
Barcodes aren’t really of any use without scanning devices. Using these devices means being able to locate inventory, pick inventory when it’s needed and conduct cycle counts seamlessly.
Handheld scanners are excellent, they are portable and operate long-range. This comes handy when products are stored on racks, seeing as how these can reach barcodes on any shelf.
Wearable scanners do not operate long-range, but are convenient since the workers operating them can use both hands.
We recommend equipping your warehousemen with both types of scanning devices for full access to your storage units.
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID is used to track physical inventory, without the use of manned scanners. These readers can be placed everywhere, at entrances, exits or checkpoints throughout the warehouse and can serve as a security measure as well.
Warehousing Management Systems, or WMS are made with distribution center efficiency, labor productivity, customer service and inventory levels monitoring in mind – they improve all of the mentioned. A quality WMS increases visibility, accuracy and throughput.
Dock Door Scheduling
This kind of software increases efficiency. Often, truckers wait for a dock to open in the truck yard longer than they do for their truck being unloaded. This is a huge productivity problem that can be solved somewhat easily. Dock door scheduling software streamlines the inbound and outbound operations and makes the operations within a warehouse significantly more efficient. Not only is the efficiency improved, but with effective dock scheduling, you reduce the cost of moving goods. This software is absolutely vital and beneficial for your warehouse – it eliminates the common bottleneck that occurs at a busy warehouse that is the dock door.
These technological improvements can help your warehouse run more smoothly and are valid investments that can not only increase productivity, but can generally speed things up. Dwindle the human error and let the computers do the automated stuff for you.
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