Supply Chain Services White Papers
The quest to boost worker productivity and improve customer fulfillment is driving materials handling professionals to increase strategic investments in advanced warehouse mobility solutions.
Just where and why are these investments being made?
What is it that your customers want from your warehouse and logistics operations? Top challenges for warehouses and supply chains are customer demand for lower delivered costs, faster response times, and increased customer service expectations, according to The 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report.
Process improvement leads the way for understanding how automation can reduce human effort and intervention. Yet 39% of companies have not performed process reengineering in the last year.
Data capture, data collection, barcoding, and mobility technologies are not new. However 70% of warehouses and distribution centers report significant technology gaps preventing them from capturing the benefits of data capture innovations.
There is more to ensuring quality barcode label printing than using quality printers.
The old adage "the devil's in the details" applies to barcoding automation. It's the small things like printing high quality barcode labels that can sabotage all your plans to be more productive and accurate with material movement.
Tablet computing is one of the fastest-growing electronics categories. Many businesses are exploring new tablet uses, including evaluation trials for forklift and vehicle applications in warehouse and distribution centers.
When considering tablets for forklift use, it is important to know the trade-offs. This complimentary white paper reviews some of these, presenting five key issues to consider when assessing tablets for forklift operators.
Industrial barcode label printers are the gold standard for effective use of barcode technology to improve accuracy, reduce costs, and increase productivity in warehousing operations.
Accuracy, costs, and productivity are the top concerns of companies with warehouses. As customer demands for perfect orders increases industrial barcode printers can produce the right barcode for the right products. As material costs increase these printers ensure minimal labor and physical space are required. And to improve labor productivity industrial barcode printers use good data to produce the right labels at the right time and place to keep product moving.
Preventing downtime in the warehouse is a constant battle. Critical elements for warehouse processes are scanners and rugged mobile computers that capture data quickly and accurately for order picking, put-away, replenishment, shipping, receiving, and other processes.
When data capture devices are not running at optimal performance Managed Mobile Services provides automation and outsourcing of the management responsibilities of mobility and makes support available to minimize downtime.
Numerous data collection technologies have been competing to be the preferred data collection technology for improving productivity and data accuracy.
The real question is how to get more from the combination of multiple data collection and barcoding technologies. These are referred to as multi-modal solutions where barcoding, mobile computing, voice, light, and other technologies are combined in such a way that more can be achieved together than separately.
Supply chain visibility is the Holy Grail for warehouses and distribution centers where the fast and efficient movement of goods is the solution to satisfying customer demand.
This is especially true for the 68% of companies which are not satisfied with material movement efficiency from source to destination. These companies are seeking new ways to get the right goods to the right place at the right time. They are finding that change, complexity, compliance, competition, and connectivity are leading to further confusion.
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