Technology is an integral part of business functions. Retail stores, car dealerships, manufacturers, and warehouses alike all rely on m modern technology in some form or fashion. Even business who don’t use computers, smartphones, or tablets — or even Internet, at that — are exposed to our world’s current technology through tools, procedures, and mannerisms.
Here are several examples of how modern technology can positively effect your warehouse’s facility, its operations, inventory control, communications with vendors and buyers — virtually everything related to your warehouse.
Utilizing Warehouse Management Systems
While there are several expensive inventory, operations, and warehouse management systems available in the world of technology today, several are open-sourced. Anyone experienced with coding software, with approval from software owners, can build off the already-established and fine-honed software already created. This makes for an easy custom software creation experience, suiting your warehouse’s particular needs better than virtually every other pre-made software available.
Taking Advantage of Smartphones, Tablets, and Mobile Devices
Many warehouse-related software is compatible with applications available on smartphones, tablets, and other handheld technological devices and tools. Entering pertinent inventory, equipment, and other pertinent information in these devices is far more convenient than walking back and forth from workstations to computers and back. Or, even if workers save trips, they’d still be forced to manually write values using something to write on, potentially causing mistakes, errors, goofs, and gaffes.
RFID is Compatible with Everything Non-Disposable
Radio frequency identification tags use — you guessed it — radio waves to transmit information to other devices. RFID tags cost as little as $0.10 per tag. As such, it’s not feasible to affix these tags to disposable cardboard boxes. However, they can be used on corrugated plastic containers, heavy equipment, employees’ work equipment, and other generally-non-disposable items.
Your warehouse can affix RFID readers all around the premises if floor space isn’t so spacious that it’s cost-ineffective. Otherwise, attach RFID readers to employees’ clothing, equipment worn on an everyday basis, or provide them with handheld equipment when around inventory, getting shipments, working around equipment, or whatever you decide deserves a spot in a blank-management system.
Production Heating and Cooling
Several production processes need to be heated, cooled, or both to be carried out properly. Using equipment like a Powerblanket makes this easier than traditional methods as they are blankets that can be laid across surfaces or around work-in-process inventory to heat or cool as needed.
Warehouses may seem simple, not requiring technological systems to help them carry out functions. All they do is house goods and ship them out when necessary, right? This sentiment is largely true, although computers help accurately track inventory order more goods when necessary to prevent outages, and facilitate employees’ spending more time on necessary tasks, rather than tracking where goods go on paper.