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Innovative Solutions for More Productive Warehouse Management

During past decades technologies have transformed warehouse processes and made them more effective, lowering the level of manual labor. Considering the continuous improvement of the technologies, it is difficult to predict the future of warehousing. Such technologies as 5G can help to increase the time of decision making and control transportation. And every technology can be applied to warehousing in order to increase efficiency and reduce expenses.

1. The Richness of Devices and Gadgets in Warehouse

Besides the fast implementation of robots within the warehouse, there is also the prevalent use of many devices and gadgets. For instance, drones or sensor panels, as well as artificial intelligence. Wearable technology is now widespread among warehouses. This technology includes smartwatches, voice control headphones, and smart eyeglasses. Nevertheless, many warehouse managers ensure that in a few years the warehouses will be using VR technologies, headsets, various smart technology.

Among the benefits of Wearable Devices:

Majority smartwatches have the option of tracking employees’ vitals to make sure that they are not draining themselves. Also, employees can avoid dangerous situations by means of smart glasses. They can inform about hazardous conditions the employees should avoid.

With the help of smartwatches, warehouse managers are able to control the productivity of their employees, where they are during work time, and track the efficiency of the actions they do. Also, smart glasses help operators to avoid most of the required paperwork.

These days warehouse operators communicate by means of the headsets, but in future operators will be able to hold video conferences through the smart glasses. It will allow to solve unpredictable problems and reducing expenses.

2. Upgraded Battery Technology

Among the new technologies that have been already integrated, there is a need to develop battery technology, because of the technological changes that are happening in the logistics industry. The batteries have to be much smaller, be long-termed, and be more efficient. The upgrading of battery technology has already happened and for now, we have access to two different types of batteries that can get energy from the power grid and from a renewable energy source. Moreover, the recent researches show that lithium-ion power cells are more efficient than an ordinary lead-acid battery. Those batteries can use more than 90% of the charge to supply energy to the truck as well as reduce its downtime. Besides that, they are long-term and can last for 10 years. It means that fewer batteries should be utilized.

Among the benefits of Improved Batteries:

— Better mechanism
Better batteries serve longer and are more stable. All the operations in the warehouse will work without interruption because of the good quality batteries. In addition, the batteries can charge from the local power grid as well as renewable sources. It means that reduced energy costs would help to make automatic all the processes.

— Better flexibility
While the construction of a warehouse there is a lot of consideration to take on, for instance, the environmental conditions, the infrastructure, the shipping products and the efficiency of the energy grid. Moreover, receiving energy from the sun many logistics companies have much more freedom because they don’t depend on the local energy grid.

3. Various Constructions Techniques

The expansion of all the land space is one of the most profound issues the warehouse managers can face. It assumes the optimization of the vertical space, warehouse management system, and get the lift trucks as higher as possible. In the end, it is only a necessity in urban places, because vertical constructions cost less than horizontal ones. That is the reason why some trucks can be 10 levels high.

4. New Approaches for Using Data and Metrics

Thanks to the huge developmental push-in technology, improvement of computing power, and increasing of the sensors it is now possible to collect actual data from all over the world. Moreover, during this decade we have seen the rise in the quantity of collected data, computing analyses, and so the profession of a data scientist is one of the most popular and paid ones. The warehouse operators trust various metrics to determine the effectiveness of the operations, but with such advanced technology, they will receive new metrics and data they are able to collect. For instance, a lot of companies receive ready KPIs while checking on the effectiveness of the employees’ performance. 
Nevertheless, those wearable technologies will help companies to see the number of taken steps just as new metrics. Another way is to compare the time it takes to every employee to complete the task to the hypothetical optimal time. Also maybe there will be provided some encouragement measures according to the KPIs. EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange technology, is an area where were made major changes in big data and data science. It enabled to spread documents in the exact same format from different computer systems. This technology has been used in the Warehouse Management System for purchasing and shipping orders. Among the main benefits is that it simplifies the process of passing information from one partner to another. The telematics system is another area where collecting data plays a huge role. It can be important for predictive maintenance by monitoring equipment operations in the warehouse. The crucial factor is that warehouse managers can control processes in real-time and receive actual data which will help to understand when the specific truck should be repaired.

In total, all those innovative solutions can really improve all the warehouse management processes. The next time when we will talk about innovations, the devices, and gadgets mentioned before will be an ordinary means for warehouse managers. But for now, thanks to the development of technology we can change the way we describe the efficiency.
  • Using such technologies as 5G warehouse managers can be sure that they receive real-time data and control every process was made without any delays. 
  • By means of the better mechanisms and flexibility of the batteries, the trucks can be more powerful and their energy can last longer. And also there would be fewer wastings because the quality of the batteries allows to change it not so often, approximately once in ten years.
  • Wearable devices can make employees’ work safer as their vitals can be checked by means of the smartwatches. 
  • Smart glasses are perfect for getting rid of the paperwork, analyzing processes, and predict unexpected situations. 
  • As to the voice control headsets, communication between employees and warehouse managers is easier now. And it’s only the beginning of the upgrading of those technologies.
  • In the next decades, humanity will design and construct many of the fascinating technologies that we only can think of and which will help to improve the warehouse management system in general.
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