Top 5 Tools For Efficient Warehouse Management

The rise of e-commerce at the beginning of the nineties paved the way for the need to standardize and restructure warehouse management. It started with the traditional practice of using pen and paper in tracking, monitoring, and dispatching supplies.  Nowadays, there’s the urgency to utilize a sounder and more efficient method to improve efficiency and optimize productivity. Thus, there’s a wealth of available tools to ensure that warehouses are operating in a more cost-efficient and productive manner. 

Let’s look at the top five tools for efficient warehouse management. 

  • Radio Frequency Identification

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) can track and identify inventory in real-time. All products tagged with the microchip could be located anywhere in the warehouse, even if those items are inside their boxes or even if they’re still inside a moving delivery van. The sophisticated technology in RFID eliminates human error, improves efficiency, and reduces labor costs.  

Utilizing RFID in warehouse management will also improve its efficiency since there’s a faster and more accurate recording of receiving delivery. Inventory management will also be a breeze as there’s no need for manual counting of Stock Keeping Unit (SKU). RFID also eliminates human error as there’s no manual interaction on products. Accurately knowing your inventory will eliminate the probability of stock outages. Thus, it could give you higher customer satisfaction.  

  • Warehouse Management System 

Warehouse Management System (WMS) includes software and processes that permit organizations to control and manage warehouse operations.  This could be done from the beginning up to the final stage of the supply chain cycle. 

A WMS gives warehouse managers clear visibility into the organization’s inventory at any given time and location.  It also can help warehouse managers in optimizing space and lowering operational expenses.  Reports from the WMS can give them insight on how to best use floor space based on product characteristics and tasks needed for them. Optimizing premium space in the warehouse reduces waste of floor space and time locating a product, thereby reducing operational costs.

Softeon’s warehouse management system and others provide warehouse managers the best tool that they can use to effectively and successfully manage their warehouse, whatever its size may be.

  • Workforce Management System 

Warehouses employ a large workforce, and they do a variety of tasks at any given time. Managing a staff that big could be a headache for some managers. Utilizing Workforce Management System (WFM) will provide you with ease in labor scheduling, forecasting, and budgeting. 

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year in warehouse operations. Warehouses can’t afford to be understaffed as operations will surely suffer. WFM thus produces a more calculated labor forecast, enhanced staff deployment, balanced workload, and track staff performance. A WFM can also address gaps in productivity, team member satisfaction, and compliance.

Warehouse staff receives training and certifications regularly. A WFM in place can correctly track the development and adherence of employees with all training they need to get certified with.

  • Automated Guided Vehicles 

These driverless vehicles navigate themselves through floor markers and use sensors to steer themselves to their programmed destination effectively. The presence of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) takes away the need for manual lifting and transferring of stocks.  Thus, eliminating the risk of injury to warehouse personnel. This tool ensures adherence of safety practices in a warehouse. 

Warehouse management consists of many repetitive and labor-intensive tasks. AGVs could provide the safest and fastest solution to manual material handling.

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 

The ever-increasing demand to improve e-commerce resulted in the existence of massive warehouses. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drones are used in warehouse management to inspect and surveil complex warehouse layouts. Warehouses use drones to manage inventory by scanning RFIDs and transmitting data to the cloud.  They especially use this for hard-to-reach places on top of shelves and pallets. 

Using drones speeds up and the process of conducting month-end counts and makes it a lot more accurate than manual counting. Hence, reducing labor and equipment costs makes it more cost-effective. 

Conclusion

However enormous it is today, e-commerce will continue to grow and expand rapidly to meet the demands of consumers. There will be new products to flood the market and there will be new technologies to be discovered. Also, all of these will interweave with each other. 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to soar and make their way to the hands of enterprises to give them ease in managing their businesses. With the application of technology, processes and operations will continue to improve. As the world changes, we all need to change with it or run the risk of getting left behind. 

 

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