Advantages of Modern Warehousing
Modernizing warehouses is pivotal to ensuring speed, security, and flexibility in the supply chain. So, if you’re stuck with the trading warehouse management system you have, don’t you think it’s time for an upgrade?
The pandemic has created e-commerce development dramatically around the globe and has also made some new trends in the warehousing industry.
What should be a priority right now with warehousing? The answer points towards flexibility. Even in the face of consistent changes, being flexible gives warehouses a leg up on competitors. As a result, modern warehouses are designing their storage space to be more flexible and accommodate any changes.
Increase in Storage Capacity
As we touched upon, third-party warehousing has emerged as a way for modern warehouses to increase their storage capacity. Their services can help with co-packing, re-packing, trans-loading, cross-docking, trucking, third-party logistics, third-party warehousing, 3PL, warehouse, and more.
The Rise of Robotics and Automation
In the next 1-3 years, warehouse automation will be the top priority for warehouse investments. The use of automation will massively improve sorting processes, palette shuttling, packaging, and stacker cranes. In addition, automated shuttle systems allow the warehouse to keep their products moving consistently and allow for greater storage density.
Robotics will reduce the picking and shipping errors and provide a consistent 1st class service to customers. Keep an eye on automated trucks moving forward, which will change the logistics process forever.
Transparency in Shipping with the Internet of Things (IoT)
What is your top priority in warehousing? First, always know your inventory in real-time! Well, the Internet of Things (IoT) technology allows you to view the overall picture of inventory and capacity at once. A warehouse equipped with IoT capabilities can share data and information with other online systems. This data will always be kept up to date, even as items come in and go out.
The future warehouse will undoubtedly have an integrated management system using the loT.
Improved Space Efficiency
What does inventory at a modern warehouse look like? Inventory is often stacked high and can clear heights of 40-feet. Warehouses find much-needed space by stacking higher instead of more comprehensive, leading to higher profits.
It also creates much-needed square footage in dense urban areas. An automated pallet system can be quickly built to reach 40-foot heights. This way of effective storing will become much more prominent across the world.
Robust Green Initiatives
Modern warehouses are being built with green initiatives in mind. Seeing how power will constantly be running to control all of these electronic advancements, it’s no wonder that warehouse companies are seeking energy-saving means.
Going green will also help the environment as large parts of the supply chain negatively impact the environment. For example, shifting towards green logistic providers saves costs and wins customers’ good reputations.
Focus on Operational Excellence
Customer engagement and operational excellence need to go well beyond cost reduction to make the supply chain a source of customer value. And in today’s customer-centric landscape, providing value to the end consumer and exceeding their service expectations is essential for businesses looking to future-proof their operations. So you need to delight your customers. Overcoming the barriers limiting supply chain performance is key to achieving this.