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EFFICIENCY

there are technology solutions that can
make warehouse and distribution operations efficient across smaller businesses'
entire operations. Improving efficiency
enhances margins and drives bottom line
impacts while allowing for successful
omnichannel growth.
The results of using solutions that marry automation and technology for warehouse efficiency exist today. Some improve perfect order rates and lower costs
and processing time by reducing human
error and speeding up the picking process. Others streamline workflows and
order processing by removing inefficient
human intervention that focuses solely
on checking order details and accuracy -
actions technology can easily manage.

SOLUTIONS AND PROCESSES

BEYOND
ROBOTS
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AUTOMATE YOUR WAREHOUSES. BY DEREK O'CARROLL

Technology-driven
automation often sparks
images of 'robots,' especially in warehouse situations where thousands zip
throughout a fulfillment
center picking orders. Take
Amazon for example; which
has determined that adding
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an army of robots is the key
to improving revenue and
the customer experience by
making their distribution
centers (DCs) as efficient
as possible.
For small to medium-sized businesses,
the ability to compete with large brands
deploying leading edge technology may
seem unimaginable. The reality is that

Advanced solutions can exchange information from one system to another
to reduce incorrect shipping documentation, prevent mispicks, limit missed
delivery deadlines and send tracking information automatically to customers.
These systems also track, monitor and
chase supplier delays. The integration of
warehouse systems with a carrier's shipping system speeds, streamlines and automates shipping workflows to improve
labor efficiency and provide a positive
customer experience.
At a basic level, technology eliminates
the use of pen and paper and manual order and inventory tracking. Technology
can offer real-time tracking of and access
to critical information central to inventory management and order fulfillment.
Today's warehouse environments include one or more of the following technology solutions:
q Cloud-Based Inventory Management Systems: Surprisingly,
the use of pen and paper for warehouse tracking is commonplace.
The number of hours wasted
checking stock, noting numbers
and updating systems is vast. With


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