Technology is becoming part or over part of our lives, and that includes at work. Technology hasn’t traditionally had a large role in the warehouse, but as warehouses get more modern and start to embrace new ways to manage logistics and distribution, technology is playing a bigger part, from everything to pick to security. Here are the best smart technologies to use in your warehouse.
Automated Picking Tools
Manual picking can generate a lot of mistakes, thanks to human error. Warehouses can eliminate these mistakes by using automated picking which can have near-perfect picking rates. There are lots of tools that can be used for automated picking, including voice automated order picking, robotic picking and barcoding options that you can integrate with your management software to make picking more accurate.
Automatic Guided Vehicles
You can improve your retrieval process by using integrated automatic guided vehicles in your warehouse. AGVs are getting better as technology moves forward, and structural integrity is improving. Even older models are more much safer and have a quicker return on investment than manual labour does. AGVs can then be used for tasks like pallet, rack and other container storage and can control and automate the retrieval process.
Automated Inventory Control Platforms
These can be integrated with other technology that you use in the warehouse, such as inventory tags. These platforms are used to reduce the labour, guesswork and time spent on old-fashioned inventory control. Use them to automatically count your inventory and create the data for fast, real-time, accurate reporting. This is faster and can help to keep your warehouse secure by finding inventory discrepancies.
Warehouse Management Systems
These systems, also known as WMSs, are software systems that put all of your warehouse data onto one platform that can be accessed by any staff who need it, as well as any members of your supply chain that you choose. Use it for fast reporting, efficient planning and preparing for unexpected scenarios.
Internet Of Things (IoT) Implementation
The Internet of Things is a concept, not an individual piece of technology, that can be used to make your warehouse a more effective smart warehouse. IoT can be used to control a lot of areas of the warehouse, both automated and manual. All your processes can be optimised by putting all your data into one network. You can optimise your inventory control procedures, labour planning and customer experience.
Making use of all kinds of technology into your warehouse can help your business in many ways. Automated processes can be used to improve the safety of your employees. Other automation can be used to streamline a lot of your regular processes, delivering faster and more accurate results, with less likelihood of error. Automation can deliver all kinds of useful data to help you improve the processes used in the warehouse even further, leading to a more efficient, more streamlined and more profitable business. Embrace technology in your warehouse to take your business to the next level.