4 Logistics Technology Shaping Warehouse Management

By Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Innovations in logistics technology will have a great impact on the entire supply chain landscape.

FREMONT, CA: The drive to create a competitive advantage and increase delivery speed leads to numerous breakthroughs in logistics. Warehouses, being essential hubs in the supply chain, are under high pressure to keep up with technology trends. Today, several leading logistics technologies are driving warehouse operations trends and capability improvements. Here’s how these logistics technologies and trends are revamping the warehouse industry.

• Drone Delivery

Retailers continue to compete for market share with same-day delivery offerings. Demand for speedy delivery has resulted in an increased interest in the use of drones for la

st-mile delivery. As a result, warehouses face more pressure to fulfill orders faster and with accuracy to keep up with demand. The push for rapid delivery leads to a rise in 3rd-party collaborations that can help companies facilitate rapid delivery.

• Inventory Visibility with RFID Tags

With the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), everything is connected, becoming a reality. The IoT is a treasure of opportunities for the warehouse and logistics industry, offering real-time, accurate visibility into inventory, location, and the supply chain as a whole. Recently, active and passive RFID tags have raised the amount of product data that can be accessed remotely for an item. With this technology, warehouse operators get complete inventory visibility. This advanced location tracking can improve order processing speed as it offers a new level of reliability in planning.

• Shipment Tracking with GPS

By combining RFID tags with GPS, it is possible to track shipments in real-time during transportation. These innovations in GPS-based fleet management offer a consistent, end-to-end view of the logistics delivery channel. Better visibility offers improved communication between retailers, distribution centers, and consumers by enabling any parts of the distribution chain to get the current location of orders at any time.

• Better Pick Efficiency with AI

The use of collaborative robots brings AI to the warehouse, improving picking efficiency and accuracy. These warehouse robotics systems leverage AI to opt for the best picking routes while eliminating long or unnecessary walks in the warehouse. It leads associates to the next task to keep warehouse associates always on an efficient path and focused on the most important activity.

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