Employees in the manufacturing and logistics industry remain confident that their employers are on the right track. The "Randstad Manufacturing and Logistics Employee Confidence Index" for the third quarter of 2013 found that 53 percent of workers believe their current employer has a strong future. The figure is up 6 percent from the previous quarter.
The index also reported that fewer employees have a desire to search for new work in the next 12 months. Only 30 percent of those surveyed said they would actively pursue a new job, compared to 44 percent who said the same the previous quarter. Workers' positive outlook on their employer's future is despite a small decrease in the number of employees who believe that the economy is improving.
While workers are less confident in the overall health of the economy, it is good news that they see their own sector as a stable one. A recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department also reported positive Q3 findings, citing that wholesale inventories rose 0.4 percent in September.
Greater Business Volume Highlights Need For More Resources
As manufacturing, distribution and logistics professionals see improvements, they should consider adopting newer systems that can keep up with that demand. According to RFgen's white paper "8 Signs You Need an Automated Data Collection Solution," as successful companies experience growth, enhancing current systems with new technologies delivers unprecedented efficiencies.
- The scalability of automated data collection solutions allows for easy accommodation of growth by integrating new software into current ERP systems. These upgrades are designed specifically to improve overall productivity.
- Barcode scanning software and automated data collection can also improve employee efficiency by reducing the hours a week that some employees spend searching, gathering and analyzing information.
- Supply chain management systems that incorporate new technologies for data collection provide new ways of measuring efficiency and quantifying return on investments on new procedures, and will be able to better track packages.
Worker confidence in their employers and their overall job satisfaction should also increase as new supply chain management solutions are implemented. Systems that automate repetitive tasks such as data collection allow talented employees to focus more attention on the aspects of their job that require a human touch. Reducing the amount of time workers have to spend on certain tasks also frees up time for additional training, so employees can fill in at more points in the supply chain to cover for periods of low staffing.
Mobile Data Collection Improves Efficiency Beyond the Warehouse
For employees that work in logistical positions, mobile data collection allows them to be a part of the tracking process. New tools such as mobile barcode readers allow supply chain managers to track the progress of shipments as package handlers and drivers begin to take over the process on the front end of the warehouse.
This increased data collection means that supply chain managers have data that they can review to improve all aspects of the supply chain, even those that occur on the road. Mobile collection also greatly improves a company's ability to complete a recall on goods because tracking of the item is more complete.