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Smart warehousing using drones

What is smart warehousing? It’s an electronic way to keep track of things stored in your warehouse. The IT age is here to stay. Learn more.

Ever think about warehousing as having a historical trail? It does. Warehousing practices of yesterday would never fit into today’s high-tech system. Though the basic principles remain the same, most companies have gone digital now. Is it “smart” to rely so much on computers to keep track of warehouse inventory? That might be a controversial topic. But smart warehousing is here to stay. By getting used to it and employing its principles, you have a better handle on what’s happening in your warehouse.


Basically, when we talk about warehousing, we talk about tending to inventory. The warehouse manager identifies and receives things. He or she also accurately counts and stores these things … and remembers where they are in the warehouse. When an order comes in for an item(s), the correct amount and item must be picked, then shipped to the correct location. See, pretty much the same standard warehouse activities as our grandfathers did.


However, we no longer perform these basic warehouse functions without the aid of smart devices. When we practice smart warehousing, we also must operate the inventory receiving, tracking and shipping software program with trained computer savvy. Being computer trained, you improve productivity, save time, money and keep customers happy.


Keeping customers happy sometimes means doing computer things you are not all that adept at doing. Warehousing operations now may seem anything but simple compared to the way it was done even fifty years ago. But the fact remains that if products are manufactured and assembled for retail sale, warehousing will always be needed.


Use Technology To Efficiently and Effectively Run Your Warehouse

A supply chain is like an ever evolving, adapting and living organism. No matter what your industry, the supply chain constantly changes and moves to keep up with supply and demand.


Some businesses have implemented drones, which can be either autonomous or remote controlled. These drones can capture 30 frames per second of products on warehouse shelves. The information can be used to determine which items are stocked properly and when supply is running low. According to warehousing experts, inventorying large warehouses manually can take about a month if not longer. With drones the process would only take a day.


Technology for your warehouse is constantly being upgraded and changed. By understanding and working with today’s smart supply chain advancements your warehousing operations can continue to run smoothly and you can stay in business.

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