What is Smart Warehousing?

by | Nov 30, 2018 | Warehousing

When you think of a warehouse, you likely picture a big building with rows and rows of shelves and forklifts. While these types of warehouse are still the primary ones in the marketplace, the idea of smart warehousing has become more popular today than ever before.

Smart Warehousing

Smart warehouses are still in the evolutionary phase, and few public warehouse providers are fully automated at this point. But looking at smart warehousing now will help mold the industry for the future. In concept, a smart warehouse can revolutionize the way companies of all shapes and sizes do business. Rather than having to manually perform common tasks such as managing inventory and picking up items from different areas, a smart warehouse depends on technology to do so.

Although smart warehouses are a new concept and evolving each day, they can help companies automate many of their processes. For instance, a smart warehouse may allow your company to receive automatic orders, validate that the items in those orders are in stock, and fulfill orders through robots.

Smart warehouses will rely on a network of sensors, which can keep things running efficiently. With a smart warehouse, the human employees at your company will be able to direct their time and energy on improving efficiencies and coming up with new ways to increase profits. In addition, your company will be able to reduce a great deal of human error that typically arises in a traditional warehouse. A few of the most significant benefits of smart warehousing include:

Improved Labor Efficiency

Since a smart warehouse can give you the opportunity to automate tasks, your employees will be able to shift their workload to tasks that deliver greater value. For instance, instead of fulfilling orders, they’ll be able to use data to determine how to increase the monetary value of orders.

A Better Customer Experience

If your company opts for a smart warehouse, it’ll gain a competitive edge over companies who are still using manual warehouses. Since your tasks will be automated, customers will be able to receive their orders quicker. Also, your employees will be able to spend more time addressing customer questions and concerns, providing a better customer experience.

Improved Scalability

A smart warehouse is particularly beneficial if you plan on growing your business. If your operations are automated, it’ll be easier for you to grow. Rather than making changes to your human capital, you’ll simply adjust your technology. This can save both time and money.

Increased Adaptability

When your company takes advantage of the latest and greatest technologies to improve efficiencies, it’ll be easier for you to adapt to changes in process and customer demand. Customers will be more likely to work with you if they know you have a warehouse that can support their ever-evolving needs.

Will a Smart Warehouse be Right for You?

Every company can find value in a smart warehouse. However, it is your responsibility to figure out just how much automation you need to meet your customer demands and plan for your company’s future. Amware is a public warehouse provider who is constantly evolving. As technology and automation demands increase, so the warehousing industry will follow.  Contact Amware to learn more about Smart warehousing.

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About Dan Ramella

About Dan Ramella

Dan Ramella is a member of Amware's executive team, helping drive growth and manage key relationships. With over 20-years experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Dan has helped Amware become one of Northeast Ohio's premier 3PLs