Eliminate Warehouse Errors For Good

What makes a warehouse efficient? We look into ways that can eliminate errors and boost productivity.

August 23, 2022

A warehouse worker carefully organizing boxes on a shelf in a large storage facility."

Upgrade Your Warehouse with Our Paperless Solutions – Say Goodbye to Manual Errors

Efficient warehouse operations are crucial to customer satisfaction. Every extra minute a warehouse worker wastes on an inefficient process are valuable time lost, fewer picks per hour and fewer customer orders filled daily. That’s why warehouses must eliminate paper-based tasks across all functions and introduce paperless warehousing.

While paper-based systems may be a thing of the past for some companies, several businesses are still struggling with paper-based processes. While the initial cost of shifting from a paper-based system can be overwhelming for some, making the switch can reap numerous long-term benefits.

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Unlock the Benefits of a Paperless Warehouse:

When warehouses run smoothly, operations themselves are invisible to customers. But when warehouses operate inefficiently, customers can quickly take notice of every problem throughout the process. Late shipments, defective goods or missing products can suggest that a company cannot deliver orders accurately and promptly, leaving customers with a poor brand image that can lead to reduced sales and trust. 

Using technology, such as a WMS, to boost warehouse productivity can combat long-running problems of inaccuracy and inefficiency. The data collected can help managers identify a warehouse’s stress points – areas requiring significant improvement – and make it possible to create optimised workflows, better utilise floor space and reduce errors across the board.

But not all technologies are built for warehouse use, as you’re defining your goal for paperless warehousing and modernising your warehouse, take time to outline a strategy that includes:

  • Improved visibility and warehouse efficiency
  • Productivity improvements
  • Improving customer service
  • Better use of warehouse space
  • Reducing costs and environmental impact

Revolutionise with Integrated Software and Hardware Solutions

Technology has transformed what’s possible in the warehouse, leaving logistics companies that rely on paper-based operational methods well behind the competition. Warehouse management systems (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrations help optimise warehouse operations to run efficiently, allowing for better production accuracy and speed.

In conjunction with barcodes and RFID tags, a comprehensive WMS can gather critical data in a way that helps you refine operations such as slotting for putting away, picking by zone, routing equipment such as lift trucks, managing inventory levels and optimising labour. WMS and ERP integrations can also help reduce process errors to boost long-term operational performance.

Of course, the software is only half the solution for paperless warehousing. Getting critical data into the WMS or backend system requires reliable barcode scanners, mobile computers or other data capture hardware such as RFID portals or real-time location systems (RTLS).

Effortlessly Streamline Your Workflows with Advanced Solutions

Warehouse workers can spend tremendous amounts of time travelling across a warehouse between tasks, wasting valuable time in between with no added productivity. Task interleaving helps build complementary tasks into a single workflow, allowing workers to handle multiple tasks during what once may have been time wasted on unproductive travel time, such as a forklift dropping off a pallet and driving back to the dock with empty forks when there was a pallet on the way that needed to go to shipping that could’ve been picked up. The task management functionality of a comprehensive WMS can help determine workflows for warehouse staff members to replenish, pick and put away materials simultaneously. By maximising the productivity of existing warehouse staff, labour costs can be effectively managed by optimising each worker’s performance. According to the latest Zebra® Warehousing Vision Study, 80% of respondents said they planned to utilise task interleaving within the next five years.

The combination of software plus industry-leading hardware devices and sensor technology makes streamlining warehouse processes possible, resulting in paperless warehousing. Rather than contacting a supervisor for each new task or retrieving printed pick tickets or put-away orders, the WMS or execution systems push tasks to front-line workers’ mobile devices and then capture data from those completed tasks into an ERP system for analysis.

Boost Your Bottom Line by Eliminating Paper-Based Processes

Manual warehouse processes are prone to error, and inaccurate information gathering can lead organisations to make costly mistakes. Paperless warehousing is the way forward.

Holding onto paper-based processes means vital business metrics are either unavailable or are often inaccurate. This is especially true when it comes to inventory control. Customer satisfaction depends on having the right items available at the right time. This is only possible if you know how much stock is on the shelf and where each item is located every second of the day. Plus, maintaining an accurate view of inventory helps prevent over- or under-ordering, both of which can negatively impact your bottom line.

You’re automatically improving data input accuracy and expanding your team’s operational visibility by logging information into digital systems via automated data capture tools versus two-step pen and paper/manual data entry methods. Since WMS solutions feature detailed, real-time reporting functions, you can quickly access and assess the aggregate insights collected via enterprise-grade mobile computers, tablets, scanners, wearables and sensors to understand what’s working, what’s not and why. This will enable you to continuously boost your warehouse’s efficiency and effectively measure long-term performance gains from certain decisions and actions.

And though some initial costs are associated with migrating to completely paperless operations, the technology hardware and software you put into place will ultimately reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with printing paper checklists, manuals, reports and more.

In Summary

Gaining real-time insight into your warehouse operations has never been more critical. The right warehouse software and the proper hardware solutions will empower you to improve inventory accuracy, reduce waste, and boost labour efficiency. It will also enable you to run at maximum productivity as order volumes increase, stock levels rise, and the number of SKUs you must manage continues to multiply.

With warehouse and distribution centre operators facing more daily challenges, can you afford not to implement an efficient, effective, and paperless warehouse? Paperless warehousing will increase efficiency and productivity and decrease costs, resulting in an increase in profitability.

Are you struggling to keep up with the daily challenges of warehouse operations? It’s time to take control with Clarus WMS. Our advanced warehouse software and hardware solutions provide real-time insight to help you improve inventory accuracy, reduce waste, and boost labour efficiency. Plus, our paperless warehousing system will increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability while decreasing costs. Don’t let increasing order volumes, stock levels, and SKUs hold you back. Invest in Clarus WMS and start running at maximum productivity today!

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