Immediate Benefits of Warehouse Automation
When you implement an automated warehouse solution, you will start seeing benefits right away. Let’s take a look at the three stages and the accompanying benefits you and your team members will experience after implementing a warehouse automation solution.
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Stage One: Accurate Transaction Data and No Data Entry Errors
One of the benefits you will notice right away is that your warehouse staff will get more done in less time. With a warehouse system that is making sure transaction data is being entered correctly, you will immediately be able to eliminate wasted time correcting data entry errors or looking for items in the warehouse that don’t exist.
Another benefit is that you can relax, because the warehouse management system alerts you when there is a problem. The automated warehouse solution is self-checking, so the system will alert you about a problem if it detects a transaction error.
Lastly, you can rest assured that a data entry error in one department will not carry forward to other departments (e.g. from the picking department to the receiving department). So you have a system that is working on your behalf and saving you time, money and giving you the peace of mind you need to stay focused on the big-picture.
Stage Two: Increased Inventory Tracking Capabilities
You will feel in control because you will have the knowledge of exact product codes and inventory locations in your warehouse. This knowledge will allow you to process orders faster and serve happier customers.
You will also know how many items are in each bin in your warehouse. You can preemptively avoid stock-outs or shipping out the wrong items.
Stage Three: Accuracy and Efficiency Will Increase in Different Departments Within Your Organization
Your coworkers will be secretly jealous of your department’s success because all of a sudden your order accuracy will be over 99%, your inventory accuracy will be at 99% (you will be able to enjoy real-time inventory updates) and your replenishment accuracy will be over 99%. You will become an agent of change at your business and your coworkers may want to look into automating business processes in their department too.
Your picking times will be reduced by 20% (on average) and your outbound shipment volume will increase by 15% (on average), which means greater efficiency in the warehouse and ensures that your warehouse will become a profit center instead of a money-guzzling department of the business.
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At Front Line Systems our automated warehouse solution of choice is HighJumpOne Warehouse Edge. Please contact Front Line Systems via our website or call us at 540-785-0268 if you have further questions about warehouse automation. We look forward to connecting with you.
About Front Line Systems
Front Line Systems is an ERP and WMS Consulting Firm with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are dedicated to helping businesses solve their accounting, manufacturing and warehouse concerns. We believe that your business has an amazing capacity for innovation and growth and that technology can help get you there.