Distributors are facing more challenges than ever before in today's constantly changing world of warehouse management. Emerging trends in retailing and complex global supply chains are putting more pressure on distributors and manufacturers to increase output, cut costs, and reduce inventory cycles. Companies like Amazon have entirely changed the way retailers do business adding even more pressure with customer expectations of "next-day" and even "same-day" shipping. Distributors must find new ways to solve challenges more effectively.
Management also has countless responsibilities to worry about as well, such as:
• Establishing and following best practices for efficiency
• Driving higher KPI performance and goals
• Workforce shifting from “Baby Boomers” to “Millennials.”
• Keeping up with technology trends
If all of this sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Zebra listed all these factors and more as drivers of change in the warehouse marketplace. In short, your job is not only tricky but may be getting more difficult every year.
To compete in this dynamic environment, today’s warehouses must be proactive and responsive. That means implementing new improvement strategies to gain critical efficiency gains, reduce costs, and maximize productivity. More and more warehouses are looking at automation to help them achieve these objectives but, what is warehouse automation and how exactly can it help?
We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to outline the many aspects of warehouse automation that you should know – and some best practices for implementing automation successfully.
Today's Warehouses are under tremendous pressure to meet consumer and vendor expectations.
From robots to barcodes, people have a very different idea of what warehouse automation is. Warehouse automation encompasses a wide range of technologies that promise to increase warehouse productivity by leaps and bounds. At its core, though, automation revolves around identifying repetitive tasks that are process-oriented, time-consuming, or error-prone, and finding ways to automate them.
Warehouse Automation can be broken up into two main categories: Process Automation and Physical Automation.
Process automation digitizes manual processes like physical inventory and integrates that data into your software environment, such as your Sage 100 ERP system. Process automation runs on an ecosystem of barcoding and wireless barcode scanners to input and tracks data at the point of activity, which communicates back to your ERP system.
Physical automation includes various forms of mechanized automation and refers to the use of robots and robotic systems in the warehouse. Its more costly to implement, and only provides a reasonable ROI for larger high-volume warehouse and distribution center (DC) operations. Physical automation includes goods-to-person (GTP) technology, driverless automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).
While process and physical automation are robust, choosing the right type of automation for your company can make the difference between a successful implementation or failure. The trick is to not buy into automation until you establish a solid business case for change based on your business’ needs. While there is no single “best” solution for everyone, there is one “best” solution for your business.
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Since 1989, Scanco has been a leading provider of supply chain automation software and services. From our inception, we have focused on innovative warehouse & manufacturing management solutions with a unique mobile technology-driven approach. Our solutions deliver unequaled efficiency and visibility for distribution and manufacturing companies around the globe.