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Picking Technologies for Smart Warehousing

Smart warehousing utilizes computer programs and machines to handle daily routine warehouse operations that were previously performed by humans. This enhances productivity and accuracy automatically. Taking advantage of implemented solutions enhances the flexibility and capability of employees and processes. In addition to reducing human error, reducing the risk of injury, and optimizing the whole process, this also reduces the total headcount, adding flexibility to the hours of work, and allowing a more accurate assessment of workforce requirements. This article discusses the available technologies for establishing smart warehouses.

Warehouse Management System (WMS)

In the world of smart technology, WMS represents the tip of the iceberg. To provide a complete view of statistics and accurate planning, all of the important warehouse data was combined and gathered in one easily accessible platform. In most WMS solutions, data is gathered in real-time and visual reports are generated. Through this, any deficiencies in the processes would be apparent. As a result, businesses can make quick fixes to any problems they find and get their operations back on track after viewing the report. In addition to optimizing space and lowering operating expenses, a WMS can focus on the job’s activities while finding the right laborer to perform the task, reducing double work by scanning the items in and out as well as during their movements, and so on. To summarize, WMS streamlines the delivery workflow from inbound to outbound resulting in cost savings and improved operational efficiencies. WMS enables continuous improvements, and allows warehouse managers to constantly update new features, keeping warehouses efficient to stay current with new changes and technologies, thus incorporating new processes over time.

Internet of Things (IoT) Technology

To make this smart warehousing system work, businesses will need the Internet of Things. This technology gives an innovative answer in that it enables the monitoring, connection, and control of a vast wide variety of statistics factors via devices in a WMS. Inventory and asset tracking using sensors on the shelves that transmit information to the management system.

The use of IoT wearables devices to improve performance and promote safety by collecting information about workers at all points in the warehouse. The support of robots made automation in the warehouse particularly efficient.Deploying IoT in a warehouse can help companies improve visibility, last-mile delivery, predictive maintenance, real-time product tracking, and employee productivity.

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Muhammad Fadly Bin Mawasi, DLSM
Muhammad Fadly has substantive years of experience in the field of logistics, operations and warehousing, and specifically in the E-Commerce industry. Fadly is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). He completed the Diploma in Logistics and Supply Management (DLSM) on September 2021 at SIPMM Institute.

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