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The Ripple Effects of Smart Warehouses in Today's Businesses

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Friday, December 07, 2018

As technology transforms all the complexities into simplicity, business processes and functions are becoming more “smart.” AI and machine learning have a wide scope to improve warehouses by using their smart technologies. The companies have started digitalizing the functions especially, production and warehouses. A smart warehouse implementation eliminates all the traditional ways of warehouse management and transforms all the functions and processes into the next level.

Vendors are focusing more on improving customer experiences; thus they opt for smart warehouse management with the incorporation of other advancements like digital supply chain, machine learning, and autonomous orchestration of operations, while the customers get better services from the warehouse platforms.

One of the best advantages of smart warehouse management is the high level of visibility and efficiency. Most times, vendors support much visibility and efficiency in warehouses, but the process is not that simple especially for maintaining efficient product storage, work creation, and orchestration. There are many other advantages in using an automated supply chain technology where organizations use sensors, connected devices, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to find the proper location and progress of products.

“Hands-free” wearable devices is a promising technology application that allows employees to access information and instructions from anywhere inside the organization without any difficulties in the workstations. Investment in IoT applications can also ensure some other advancement such as reduced manual labor, increased speed, improved shipping accuracy, and unparalleled visibility in the supply chains and warehouses.

According to a recent Logistic Management’s survey, 39 percent of the organizations are currently moving ahead to invest in technology information systems, 40 percent in conveyors and sorting devices, and 25 percent in robotic applications in the warehouses.

Since smart warehouses improve the operational efficiency, the use of IoT can create ripple effects in all the warehouse and logistics functions by reducing various expenses and ensuring a fast movement of products from the warehouses to the end users and distributors. It is now time for businesses that hesitated to implement smart warehouses to change and evolve.

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