Warehouse Management Embraces Mobile Tech
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Warehouse management is set to see significant benefits in the near future thanks to advances in mobile technology.
As strong advocates for improving order management through the application of new technologies, Capacity LLC has embraced developing systems including custom online order management and EDI-controlled fulfillment. These may be just the tip of the iceberg, however, as mobile data integration begins to permeate what is an increasingly tech-driven profession. A recent survey by Motorola confirms this, finding that 66% of respondents plan to better equip staff with new technology in the near future, and identifying new areas of business growth driven by smarter warehousing. Perhaps surprisingly, much of the technology at the heart of moving warehouse management forward is already at work, in our own pockets. Our mobile devices can monitor where we are, where we end up, many of the points in between and how long it took to get to each. When applied to the moving parts of the warehouse environment - fork lift trucks, tagged pallets of stock, communications devices on staff, and much more - a potential treasure trove of real-time and archival data is unearthed. The pressing questions for solutions providers then become where to utilize it and how to effectively integrate the systems reliant on these data?
Thankfully there are plenty of excellent data analysis experts out there to do that legwork for warehouse management, not to mention software that can be employed to manage much of the process. This frees up managers to make plans and decisions in their own area of expertise, judging the information that will be of most use and applying the findings to improve system efficiency. This will become a continuous process of data collection, analysis, implementation and refinement as all of the parties involved begin to put together their preferred solutions