Serve multiple suppliers and customers in the same warehouse
Use real-time data for warehouse monitoring and inventory
Get visibility into processes to improve inefficiencies
Cut costs through productivity, space optimization, and/or robo-labor
Predict trends and report performance with smart analytics
As you can see, updating to a “smart warehouse” makes certain manual tasks obsolete and creates new efficiencies through data-driven decision-making.
Potential technologies used in digital warehouses
The technologies used in digital warehouses can vary greatly. However, there are some overall trends. Technologies that allow real-time tracking of packages in and out of the warehouse can revolutionize warehouse management.
At the same time, other technologies can bring workplace efficiencies for employees and machines. A few popular options in digital warehouses include:
IoT sensor technology: The Internet of Things allows everything in a warehouse - the goods, employees, equipment, etc. - to be managed in real-time. In this way, the warehouse is 100% online and tracked. Studies show that by 2020, 50+ billion objects will be connected to the Internet - a good deal of them likely in warehouses.
Machine learning algorithms: Warehouse management depends greatly on predicting buying trends and anticipating stock needs. It’s also about optimizing the space and labor. With machine learning, warehouse systems can better forecast their needs to stay as efficient as possible.
AGVs (Autonomous Guided Vehicles): Not all warehouses have autonomous vehicles yet, but it’s an upcoming trend. The idea is to replace man-driven forklifts with AGVs that move goods and perform operations on their own.
The digital warehouse movement is already in motion. Is your logistics or transportation company ready to take on the challenges of 21st-century consumer habits? It’s essential to transform your warehouse into a smart center that utilizes technology and data to its full potential.
Digital transformation requires technical expertise. If you’re looking for developers to create or customize your logistical system, get in touch. We can give you a personalized consultation.
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