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Use Warehouse Tracking Software to Minimize Pick, Pack, and Ship Times
June 27th 2019 15:00:00 PM
Warehouse tracking software offers you the ability to tighten up various processes to make them more efficient. The first step to making any process or system more efficient is to measure it. Then, after you measure what you currently achieve with the existing processes, you can make tweaks and changes, measure the difference, and decide what works.
Let’s take picking, packing, and shipping, for example. In any warehouse, picking and packing are two of the most time-consuming tasks. Many warehouses send workers out with paper pick sheets and bins. Workers must walk the aisles, select stock, and return to the shipping area where another team takes over boxing, wrapping, and sorting for shipment.
What if there’s a better way? Warehouse tracking software can measure the frequency by which certain products are ordered. If a product seems to be a hot seller, it can be moved closer to the shipping area to minimize steps in the picking process.
Likewise, if the item is a strong seller, perhaps it can be pre-packaged and waiting near the shipping area for its final destination. This can also shave considerable time off the pick, pack, and ship process.
Greater Efficiency With Hands-Free Picking
Some systems are now utilizing hands-free picking. In this method, workers have either an earbud-type device or a headset and tell the system the order number. The computer retrieves the order, scans the warehouse tracking software, identifies bin or shelf location, and guides the worker to the nearest bin for the next item on the list. This shaves off a lot of steps in the process too since computers look for the most efficient routes around the warehouse, not necessarily the next sequential item on the packing list.
Warehouse Tracking Software: It Starts With Great Barcode Scanning
Warehouse tracking software depends on reliable, easy to use barcode scanning systems that integrate with ERP or other systems for a fully automated warehouse. One great package is Scanco Sage Enterprise. It offers all the features of a good WMS (warehouse management system) package and integrates with Sage products.
If you’re ready to improve warehouse efficiency, try warehouse tracking software. Scanco Sage Enterprise offers an excellent package to make your warehouse a model of productivity. Contact us online or call (330) 645-9959 to arrange your consultation with a Scanco Solutions Expert today.