Warehouse management is more important than ever before.
The continued boom of eCommerce, coupled with the crippling effects of COVID-19 have resulted in a need for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
But what should you look for?
What trends are expected to be game-changers in the world of warehousing?
Read on, for everything you need to know about the top 5 warehouse management trends we expect to see heading into 2022.
- Warehouse Automation
- Warehouse Management Systems
- Voice Activated Warehouse Technology
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
- Renewable Energy Sources
1. Warehouse Automation
Warehouse management automation has been gaining popularity for many years, but with increased warehouse distribution needs, it’s even more important now. The right automation tools can help you meet demands, improve customer satisfaction and reduce labor costs.
2. Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
As technology increases and warehouses become more digitized, a top-notch WMS can be a game-changer. Enhance inventory and order management processes, improve order picking and replenishment, and increase overall productivity while lowering costs. All this and much more are the incredible benefits of a strong warehouse management software system. The ROI on your WMS can change the course of your business.
3. Voice Activated Warehouse Technology
Traditional scanners are quickly being replaced with voice-activated technology that can enhance and improve workflow processes within your warehouse. Still, despite this increasing gain in popularity, we expect that most warehouses will adopt a more combined approach, incorporating both scanners for barcode data collection and voice activated technology. Keep in mind, handheld device barcode scanners can be much more effective in reducing human error and reading/voice mishaps when translating very long serial numbers.
4. The Internet of Things (IoT)
Automation across the world of warehousing is making huge advances through The Internet of Things (IoT). Connected warehouses result in a totally coordinated, seamless unit using IOT sensors that allow you to monitor everything from pallets, to drones, to robots, and other equipment in real-time and across multiple users and inputs. Collect, store and share your data efficiently and effectively while supervising employees remotely through the Internet of things.
5. Renewable Energy Sources
To say that warehouses are energy suckers is an understatement. Particularly for those who utilize cold storage equipment, the use of energy can put increased financial strain and risk across your operation. Reducing your environmental impact through the use of renewable energy sources can not only boost sustainability, it can also be an added value prop for your green customers while reducing overall costs. Installing solar panels and using wind turbines to power facilities can be a huge offset in terms of power consumption.
Advanced technology in warehouse operations isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. While the majority of warehouses across the globe still use a fair share of manual labor, streamlining and focusing on efficiency through the use of technology and adopting new, more efficient processes can help solve many of the pain points you’re facing when it comes to running your warehouse efficiently.
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