This sentiment is particularly true regarding the fields of warehousing, distribution, and logistics. If you purchase, or influence purchases, within your operation, you’ve been well aware of the emergence of the “smart warehouse.” Once regarded as a buzzword, or even a far-fetched pipe dream, the smart warehouse is becoming a reality, backed by ready-to-purchase technologies that are changing the way warehouses do business.
What is a Smart Warehouse& Smart Warehousing System?
A smart warehouse is the culmination of warehouse automation (in other words, automating various components of your warehousing operations). Similar to a smart home, a smart warehouse is enabled with several automated and interconnected technologies. These technologies work together to increase the productivity and efficiency of the warehouse, minimizing the amount of human workers while decreasing errors.
Smart warehouse systems, then, are the result of the various interconnected warehousing technologies working together. They form a technological ecosystem where goods are received, identified, sorted, organized and pulled for shipment automatically. The best smart warehouse systems automate almost the entire operation, from suppliers to customers, with minimal errors.
Ostensibly, the world of smart warehousing can be a difficult one to navigate, especially once you take the time to consider the rate with which new products are being introduced to the market. That’s why we’ve dug through the most popular products and processes to bring to you the 7 must-have smart warehouse technologies:
1. Automated Picking Tools
2. Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
3. Automated Inventory Control Platforms
4. Warehouse Management Systems
5. Internet of Things (IoT) Implementation
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