Warehouse & Distribution

Automate Warehouse Inventory Management

Make the move to an automated and wireless warehouse.

Although this page is dedicated to inventory management, here is a preface: inventory management goes hand-in-hand with the entire order fulfillment process. From receiving and sortation, to replenishment and picking, packing and shipment, how you handle inventory management will affect the entire process. Learn more about the individual steps in the order fulfillment process on these pages: Warehouse Receiving & Sortation, Replenishment Process, Warehouse Shipping & Delivery.

Now, onto inventory management.

When asset inventory management is done manually, human error is inevitable. Simple mistakes can include counting incorrectly or recording inventory incorrectly on a handwritten document, while more complex mistakes can include the oversight of inventory that is not put away correctly, is still in receiving, or has already been shipped out to a customer.

Automating Warehouse Inventory Management

Warehouse automation can eliminate errors both in inventory management counts and in the overall warehouse process, leading to more accurate and efficient workflows.

When a shipment arrives at an automated warehouse, receiving immediately inspects and then scans it into the system with a barcode scanner or RFID tag reader. The software system is accessible throughout the automated warehouse from connected devices, including handheld mobile computers. From that moment on, the newly received shipment is accounted for – or traceable – within the entire system. It is tracked as it moves through the warehouse step-by-step, from receiving to sortation to stocking to picking to packing and then to shipment. One glance at the inventory management software provides accurate, real-time inventory counts – and information about where items are located within the warehouse.

Inventory management software works its magic even beyond inventory counts by allowing managers to make well-informed operational decisions, delegate warehouse employees to high-value tasks, eliminate manually performed quality inspections, and streamline day-to-day operations. Implementing warehouse automation technologies also enables pick verification, for example, to occur at the time an item is picked – notifying the warehouse worker immediately if the wrong item is selected.

Benefits of Inventory Management Automation

  • Accurate asset inventory management
  • Fewer missing/unaccounted for items
  • Saved warehouse space
  • Achieving/exceeding quality goals
  • Efficient operations and processes
  • Satisfied, repeat customers

Contact us for a no-obligation evaluation of your current environment and solutions to help you improve your connected warehouse and workflow performance.

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