To keep up with the ever-evolving digital revolution, the continuous expansion of e-commerce and fierce competition, Distribution centres are turning to automated solutions to up their game and supply to the needs of end-users. Paper and writing devices used to be the way warehouse workers would track and check inventory and in reality, every worker was in charge of their own numbers and stats, but now that’s not so much the case, as several companies have switched to implementing automated solutions to promote workplace productivity.
Going along with the theme of Coronavirus, many employers had to lay off their workers to keep operations socially distant, while also responding to the increase in Coronavirus cases and sales numbers. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the estimated annual employee turnover rate in the warehouse sector is 40 percent and that’s before the Pandemic struck the world down a peg. As the demand for goods shoots upwards Distribution centres will need to hired to keep pace with such demands, unless something is done about it.
In this new digital age, many are switching operational methods to be more automated in nature. There are automation solutions that can bring quite an impact to the floor for many small and mid-sized DCs. The partial automation processes mixed with worker augmentation provides workplaces with empowered workers with the most up-to-date technological capabilities, such as robots and mobile scanners to counterbalance the labour scarcity and boost productivity levels.
Automation can prove itself in a variety of ways, including managing shipments on the receiving end, replenishing stock and cycle counting through real-time inventory management, picking by utilising mobile devices to keep up with fulfilment, accessing mobile printers to successfully complete packing procedures, verifying that the most accurate parcels are being loaded onto a dock through high-impact scanning devices, and so many more housekeeping duties.
Honeywell develops a wide array of mobility devices to help with every warehouse task on the floor. Built to last, these solutions offer an improvement of critical workflows with the best innovative technology the industry has to offer. To learn more about Honeywell’s lineup of Mobility solutions and devices, be sure to contact your BlueStar Representative today.
Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation.
Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.