NEW TRENDS IN WAREHOUSING
Updated: Feb 16
: Warehousing is an integral part of the supply chain, and technological advances have been changing the way warehouses operate. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most recent trends in warehouse technology that are making it easier for shippers, carriers, construction companies, and manufacturers to move their goods from one place to another.
Automation & Robotics
We’re seeing a huge uptick in automation and robotics at warehouses around the world. Automated systems can help with everything from inventory management to picking and packing orders. This kind of technology not only helps reduce labor costs but can also increase accuracy and efficiency when it comes to order fulfillment. Additionally, robots can be used to move heavy items or pallets quickly and safely between locations within a warehouse.
Voice-directed picking is becoming increasingly popular as it allows warehouse workers to pick items quickly and accurately without having to refer back to paper-based instructions or look up barcodes on a computer screen. This technology makes use of voice recognition software which enables workers to simply speak their instructions out loud while they walk around the warehouse floor gathering items. This greatly reduces the amount of time spent searching for items as well as reducing errors due to incorrect data entry or incorrect item selection.
The internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing how warehouses interact with both their customers and their internal operations. With IoT solutions such as sensors, RFID tags, beacons, and predictive analytics tools, warehouses are able to track shipments in real-time; monitor temperature changes; manage inventory levels; optimize loading processes;and streamline customer service operations. All of these features help make warehouses more efficient by reducing manual labor hours while also increasing accuracy and safety throughout the entire process.
omnichannel logistics technology
Operational challenges with storage and picking arise from the multiplicity of sales channels and, more importantly, from their integration. Businesses must maintain real-time control over the inventory in their logistics facilities if they want to provide customers with a positive shopping experience.
The logistics manager must be aware of the status of every item kept and of every pending order in omnichannel logistics. Businesses frequently employ a warehouse management system to automate inventory management in order to increase throughput in an omnichannel facility (WMS). The risk of error associated with manual products management is eliminated by this program, which also coordinates all procedures taking place in the facility.