How Warehouse Technology Helps Businesses Adapt To The Rise Of E-Commerce

by Sachin

Businesses have to adapt. If your company isn’t willing to adopt the newest technologies which make operations more affordable, faster, and safer, how do you expect to survive? 

Maximizing Efficiency 

Technology has given warehouse managers ways to maximize their usable space in a warehouse. For example, using design software, managers can better determine where sure inventory should go. They can learn this by 

  • The frequency at which customers place specific orders together 
  • The type of items they have in stock 
  • The location which is closest to the customers ordering those items 

With real-time reporting and information, software and design teams can create a warehouse setting that operates seamlessly and makes it easy for warehouses to push out things they’re shipping efficiently while reducing waste. 

Advancements In Movement And Tracking 

Lifting and lowering equipment. Driverless forklifts, robots, and other technologies are put into place to help operations run seamlessly in a warehouse. 

The use of RFID scanners and barcodes helps to instantly update inventory when an item is sold, or when new stock comes in. With this information in hand, managers always know what’s available. If they need to order supplies, they’ll know how much and when to place automated orders. 

In e-commerce, it is imperative that organizations have what customers want when they want to order it. If not, the customer will turn to a competitor. With this automated technology, and software/equipment in place to keep track of items, and ensure things are always in stock, companies do not run this risk of losing out on a customer, or having a customer turn to a competitor when they want to place an order, because an item is out of stock. 

Improved Safety And Mobility 

New equipment and technologies also make warehouses safer and more mobile. This, naturally, helps increase the production rates. It allows warehouses to ship faster, pack faster, and to ensure more sales are being made, as human errors are being taken out of the equation. 

When fewer injuries occur, and the warehouse is safer to operate, employees can work faster to meet the demands of their clientele. And, when there is higher mobility technology (such as the use of drones or robots), it makes it far easier for a warehouse to get their inventory from point A, to point B (their customer). 

Choosing Proper Location 

Companies typically have more than one warehouse in the e-commerce industry. Technology even helps companies decide which warehouse to store sure inventory in. It does this by tracking customer order history. 

So, if there’s a specific region where a company operates, where customers order an item in high volumes, they can plan logistics around that warehouse location. 

They can maintain a more top stock of certain things in areas where customers are more likely to order one item over another. 

Technology continually updates tracking, and informs companies in real-time, what their customers are ordering (and from where they are ordering those items). 

With this information in hand, companies can choose where to maintain an inventory of individual items to ensure faster deliveries to their customers who are ordering those items. 

Why Companies And Warehouses Must Adopt Technology 

Technology keeps advancing. And, in the world of e-commerce, companies who don’t adapt are going to falter. 

From choosing where and how to house inventory, to deciding what the best methods and technologies are to help in transporting goods to the customer, the use of technology is continually assisting organizations to improve, and helping them decide how to properly manage their inventory to maximize delivery capabilities to their end customers. 

If you are looking to modernize your warehouse, then you should talk with our JD Edwards Managed Services consultants. We can help your business adapt to the latest changes in e-commerce, and technologies, which are presenting themselves on what seems like a daily basis. 

By implementing the right techniques, your warehouse will operate smoothly, keep up with the demand, and find ways to reduce waste, in delivering the best product/service to your customer. 

We’re here to help you change the way in which you deliver and manage your warehouse operations effectively.

Author Bio

Chris is the co-founder of StrategyBeam, a marketing agency that offers Orlando SEO services. He loves working with companies from around the world and writes about technology and business practices.

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