Are you a warehouse manager or maybe the business owner? If yes, then you might need to pay attention to the upcoming trends in warehousing department.
So far, many companies have left the era of pen and paper in managing the whole inventory & logistic by using either Warehouse Management System or Inventory Management System. However that’s not the end, the innovations made in Industry section are still progressing faster and faster. With the use of AI, IoT, Big Data, Wearables and Robots, the warehousing department is predicted to transform over the coming years. Hence, you should at least be aware of the trends and starts preparing.
Here are the trends in Warehousing in 2019
Wearables are devices that are often connected to the internet or to other devices worn on the body, with the purpose of enhancing communication to and from other users. Wearable devices incorporate electronic capabilities including sensors, hands-free information retrieval and computing capability normally found in smartphones.
Wearable technologies can further improve operational efficiencies within warehouses providing benefits in communication, productivity and safety. As picking and replenishment processes account for up to 70% of operating costs in many warehouses (Andrew Ferguson, 2015).
One of the most promising wearable technologies is smart glasses as they allow hands-free operation and can provide key information at the same time. With smart glasses, user can get instructions from the system through the earphone and see important information through the visual display unit. The solution is lightweight, easy to use and implement. (learn more)
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- Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of things (IoT) is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware (such as sensors), these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled. The system is fitted with an RFID tag and sensors that communicate information in real-time.
Critical benefit of using the IoT is that it will reduce the issue of inaccuracies and the loss of products in a warehouse. The use of IoT devices increases the probability of shipping the correct items and knowing their precise location at each time. In addition, the use of IoT devices can help to increase productivity by ensuring that each machine stays on its course and does not diverge from its predetermined route. While the use of IoT has been predicted to increase over the past few years, 2019 may be the year that we can finally get to fully automate all the processes in a warehouse.
- Big Data
The 21st century business is premised on one thing, data. The importance of collecting and analyzing data accrued from business transactions and records cannot be underestimated even in a warehouse. It is, however, imperative to note that businesses can only analyze data if they have the capabilities to collect it.
As complex as it may sound, big data is a term used to refer to the large data sets that companies can mine and analyze to reveal some useful patterns. These patterns may not be so obvious to the human eye due to their magnitude hence the need to introduce some tools that can help to collect information. One of the primary benefits of adopting big data in warehousing is that warehouse managers can make more proactive and faster decisions. This will improve the overall customer service through better working speeds, warehouse responsiveness and the ability to share information easily.
Robotics is poised to change the world and we believe that it will continue changing warehousing solutions in 2019. Many distribution centres around the globe already have some form of automation system but this is often limited to warehouses that have advanced management systems. A key benefit of employing the use of robotics is that it will increase the number of orders that can be picked in an hour, thereby streamlining the warehouse operations. Furthermore, the use of robotics will help to reduce human errors such as picking and transporting wrong items as they are more reliable. Any person who manages a warehouse can easily confirm that labour costs can be extreme and robots can help reduce the overall labour bill.
In conclusion, the trends (based on our research) aren’t really new stuffs, however it will brew a huge impact in term of development, application, utilisation, and integration. The least you should do towards these trending topics are to be aware, but the best is still to be prepared.
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