In today’s fast-paced business environment, commercial warehouses need to invest in new and innovative solutions to remain competitive. As a result, the pressure to optimise operations, reduce costs, and improve efficiency is greater than ever before.
To maintain their position and grow, organisation managers must constantly look for ways to improve their inventory management systems and streamline their operations. The ten methods outlined in this blog provide a roadmap for achieving these goals.
1) Switch Legacy Devices to Android
Many warehouses still use outdated legacy devices that their manufacturers no longer support. This often obsolete hardware or software will hinder the productivity of your daily operations as they become more unreliable through increasing faults.
Switching to Android devices like our Opticon handheld scanner improves efficiency, reduces downtime, and provides access to a broader range of applications and features.
2) Get a Full WLAN Site Survey
A full WLAN site survey, or wireless local area network, will identify areas of poor coverage, interference, or other issues that will negatively affect the wireless network’s performance.
This information will be used to optimise the network at your building. Ensuring that the network is reliable and robust for your wireless devices, such as barcode printers, connected to scanners and computers.
3) Review Your WMS
A warehouse management system (WMS) is critical for ensuring that inventory is tracked accurately and efficiently as it is imported and exported. This is especially important for eCommerce fulfilment centres. Regularly reviewing and updating your current WMS will identify areas for improvement and ensure that your chosen stock control system meets your facility’s needs and can be relied upon for years.
4) Implement Device Management Solutions
Managing many devices is challenging even when your team shares them within your facility. Still, if your assets are shared across multiple locations, you need an effective asset tracking system.
Asset management is especially important when investing in the previously mentioned wireless devices, as the benefits of being wireless also increase the likelihood of expensive tools being misplaced.
Device management and tracking solutions increased efficiency and reduced long-term equipment costs for replacements and maintenance schedules. Additionally, they will simplify the monitoring process and increase asset security significantly by making user accountability to managers.
5) Track and Monitor Your Fixed Assets
Fixed assets such as pallets, racks, and other equipment are critical for warehouse operations and need monitoring similar to mobile assets. In addition, monitoring fixed assets is essential for scheduling maintenance tasks, which prevents equipment breakdowns, reduces downtime to just essential maintenance, and significantly extends the lifespan of the assets.
6) Implement a Mobile-First Strategy
Mobile devices such as our mobile computer range of smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly important in warehouse operations. Applying a mobile-first strategy provides workers with access to real-time data and applications from any location in your facility.
Wireless devices provide real-time data access, allowing workers to easily track inventory, manage stock levels, and monitor shipments more effectively. Using mobile devices will enable workers to complete tasks more quickly and efficiently, reducing errors and increasing productivity.
Mobile-first strategies can also help warehouses optimise space utilisation by providing real-time information on available space and inventory levels., These strategies can improve communication among workers, enabling them to collaborate and share information more effectively.
7) Consider RFID Possibilities
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology can track inventory and assets more accurately and efficiently than traditional manual barcoding scanning. RFID labels use radio waves to identify and track items, allowing for real-time inventory management and reducing the need for manual scanning or data entry.
RFID technology also provides warehouses with benefits such as improved inventory accuracy, reduced labour costs, and increased efficiency while also being able to seamlessly integrate with other wireless technologies to provide a comprehensive solution for warehouse operations.
8) Ensure You Have the Right Support Contracts in Place
Having trustworthy support contracts guarantees that any issues or problems with hardware or software are resolved quickly and efficiently. We offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services for organisations and businesses investing in storage spaces.
We support a wide range of equipment, including all the hardware and software products we supply. With our team of experienced technicians and engineers, we will quickly diagnose and resolve issues to minimise downtime and ensure that your warehouse operations return to running smoothly as soon as possible.
Our services are designed to be flexible and tailored to support each client’s specific needs. By choosing us, we guarantee that you’ll benefit from our expertise, reduce maintenance costs, and improve overall equipment performance.
9) Use the Right Labels
Avoiding barcode label mistakes when printing them for inventory and assets is vital to guarantee that they are tracked accurately and efficiently across the entire supply chain. Using labels that are durable, easy to scan, and compatible with your WMS ensures improved accuracy and reduces errors.
We provide a range of high-quality barcode label printing options. You can let us handle your printing needs, or you can invest in our Bartender label software and wireless printers to create your own labels in-house.
10) Utilise Edge Data Capture Tools
Intelligent edge solutions for warehouses use advanced sensors and analytics to collect and process data in real time, providing actionable insights that enable warehouses to optimise their operations and improve efficiency.
Intelligent edge solutions work in conjunction with barcode labels as capture tools to improve the speed and accuracy of data capture by allowing workers to scan barcodes or RFID tags directly at the point of use. This further reduces errors and improves efficiency in warehouse operations.
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By carrying out these solutions, your organisation will stay ahead of the curve and meet the challenges of the modern business landscape. Commercial businesses and other organisations must embrace innovation and implement effective barcode stock systems to remain competitive and thrive in today’s business world.
Contact us to discover the many wireless tools, software and overall solutions we will provide that are guaranteed to improve your daily operations.