As the supply chain grows, orders are getting larger and often more complicated to fill. To meet the demand, many distribution centers have started to automate more of their systems to help fill and process multiline orders.
Many companies must also contend with omnichannel fulfillment, in which orders must be filled from numerous sales locations. This includes e-commerce orders, purchases made at the point of service in a store and even orders processed for other distribution centers. With sales arriving from so many channels and products shipping to a great number of locations, tracking and inventory control become paramount.
Improving Barcode Scanning for More Complex Orders
According to Packaging Digest, a complex order mix calls for developing processes and procuring barcode data collection that can process multi-SKU orders and handle different varieties of tracking information. For instance, a single distribution center may need the ability to read 2-D and 3-D barcodes and RFID tags to track unique SKUs in the warehouse.
Automated Processes Reduce Errors, Improve Efficiency
RFgen's white paper, "The Data Collection Software Buyer's Guide," explains automated data collection greatly improves the ability to capture information in the warehouse, and has many benefits:
- Error reduction: In all warehouses, inaccurate data is costly. In a company dealing with omnichannel fulfillment and large orders, the costs can be crippling. Improved mobile and automated data collection can minimize errors and help direct shipments to their correct locations.
- Productivity: Automated data collection can also help reduce the amount of time workers waste creating tracking information. Freeing employees from these tasks will allow them to perform more efficiently and improve the productivity of their departments.
- Customer Satisfaction: At the end of the day, one of the largest factors contributing to customer service will be the accurate and timely delivery of products. Data collection reduces errors and expedites the pick, pack and shipping process. More customers will receive a complete order, delivered on time.
The software offered by RFgen not only provides all these advantages, but is easily integrated with existing ERP systems. To be effective, the software must provide real-time collection and optimization of data to meet order fulfillment requirements. Companies that implement advanced data collection solutions with minimal interruptions to current systems should quickly see a return on the investment.