The First Step to Warehouse Automation: Understanding the Data


Supply Chain Dive’s writer Shefali Kapadia recently posted an article regarding the automation of warehouses and the importance of understanding the data before doing so.  Read on for a quick synopsis of what Kapadia had to say about this topic.

As technology continuously advances at a rapid pace, sometimes the pace can outrun the technology user.  The automation of warehouses has been popular lately, and it can seem like an interesting and useful way to run things.  However, you need to know what your company’s data really looks like before you take the plunge. To be ready, you must aggregate the data, and analyze it.  Know the current patterns so you can better predict for the future, and set up automation systems appropriately.

A company’s data can come from a variety of places, like “warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, ERPs and operator assistance programs” along with “RFID, barcodes, and robotics”, according to Kapadia.  Even things as simple as paper and pencil records count as data that should be included in the evaluation. Once you have analyzed your pre-existing data, you can see the strong points in your systems and address the areas that need some bolstering and improvement.

Automation is here, and it seems like it is here to stay.  Because of this, it is important to know the ins and outs of your companies data, in order to keep peak production and maximize efficiency.  For more information on warehouse automation, click the link:

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