Warehouse automation relieves your company employees from repetitive tasks and manual labor. At the same time, your warehouse management system should reduce and even eliminate errors inside the warehouse and in other business systems. In other words, automating warehouse functions can help your business boost productivity, reduce costs, and in many cases, even improve employee morale by freeing workers from repetitive work.

Consider core warehouse functions that are often ripe for automation with a warehouse management system:

Inventory Automation

Many companies start with scanning and barcodes to keep track of inventory because it's an inexpensive and sensible place to begin. Barcode labels, handheld scanning devices, and warehouse inventory systems are wildly available and typically affordable. They can provide you with precise inventory information about items that have been ordered, received, stored, sold, and shipped. Nobody needs to go manually hunting for misplaced items, plus they reduce loss because of theft because the barcode labels automatically track everything.

In turn, you can use this data to interface with other systems, such as accounting and ordering management systems, to reduce manual labor and the possibility of errors. Inventory automation helps you understand and automate your processes from the time that goods enter the warehouse until you need to resupply and order more.

Efficient Slotting

Make sure that you make the best use of the fixtures and space that your warehouse has via systems that improve your slotting efficiency. Automated systems can consider your storage resources and the size, weight, and shape of your inventory in order to help you organize it in an optimal way.

Automated slotting should help reduce manual labor and the space that you need for storage. These slotting systems can help reduce labor, space, and storage costs and maybe even reduce the risk of employee injuries.

Paperwork and Keystroke Reduction

Paperwork might refer to actual papers needed for inventory tracking, ordering, and so on. At the same time, it can also refer to computerized documentation processes that still require manual effort and are vulnerable to keying errors. Good warehouse automation systems can automate a lot of the manual work involved in ordering, accounting, and other systems by interfacing directly with other functions. Data like prices and counts are updated and validated in one central place and don't need to be constantly duplicated across systems by hand.

Warehouse automation systems can help improve data security by keeping all records and reports in a secure, backed up storage location. Also, they can offer an immediate reduction in labor and drudgery by eliminating manual inventory counts or the chance of hunting for missing inventory. Reduce the chance of running out of critical supplies by having the system automatically order more when current inventory falls beneath a specified level.

How to Start With Warehouse Automation

Even after you understand the benefits of warehouse automation, you may hesitate because you know that you will need to invest in any changes to your current warehouse processes. Many companies start by automating certain repetitive or error-prone tasks, make sure the new systems help them improve productivity, and then move on to add more functions. Need help with your warehouse management? Contact Softeon today!

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