The typical perception of a warehouse operative is quite neanderthal. You’d be surprised to learn about the sophisticated systems that warehouses are now using to make their lives easier. Traditionally seen as nothing but physical, operating a warehouse is now based around functionality. In order to achieve optimal results, companies are constantly updating their hardware (and software). Here are three of the most important areas involved in keeping a warehouse running effectively:
Without a doubt, the most crucial component of running a warehouse remains the picking process. To meet deadlines efficiently, a system needs to be in place to make sure all orders are processed quickly. That’s why a lot of companies are now outsourcing the services of specialists that have designed picking software. These automated systems can be used to bring up order details to each designated operative. They’re then given clear instructions and details of an order, packing and delivery information. This is crucial for a busy warehouse with a high volume of operatives where meeting objectives can be difficult. Some of these services even offer timed picking capabilities. This way owners can see exactly who is performing against their targets.
Gone are the days when warehouse security simply involved a snarling canine and a guard with a flashlight. Don’t get us wrong, that method proved highly effective for the most part. I mean, who wouldn’t think twice about raiding when there’s a chance you’ll come face-to-face with a hungry Rottweiler? These days, though, most warehouses are linked up with high-tech wireless security systems. These are all fitted with highly sophisticated motion detectors and tracking abilities. Its operators are easily able to detect when somebody enters the warehouse and where they go once inside. Some of these systems are even linked up to trigger silent alarms to the emergency services. Intruders often find themselves caught off guard with no time to escape. This can especially be useful in case of fire, too, and minimise potential damage. Nobody wants to have to pay a premium on their insurance if they don’t have to, do they?
An elephant might never forget, but the human mind is slightly more limited. Especially in the case of extremely vast warehouses with large amounts of stock. Remembering where everything is located can be difficult. One of the hottest trends in warehouse operation today is handheld item locators, and they’re incredibly simple to use. After having all the required information inputting onto its server, the device then learns where each item is stored. Every product is given a unique code with which it is to be identified. The user then simply inputs the code into the device, and it brings up the information they need to locate it. This is especially helpful in saving time when the staff are working against tight deadlines. They can’t afford to waste time getting lost. With just the touch of a few buttons, all the information they’ll need is right there in front of them. Smart.