A lot of companies are choosing to go green these days and it's no secret that cost savings are often a welcomed side effect. There are many ways to improve efficiency and reduce waste in the warehouse, and most of them increase productivity as well. Going paperless not only allows an organization to declare that it is environmentally conscious, the initiative also streamlines supply chain management.
According to Materials Handling World Magazine, management warehouse systems can replace paper-based ones to provide real-time information about production in the facility while improving inventory control. Paper data is essentially inaccurate as soon as it's printed, MHW explains, and a paperless operation is essential to improving overall warehouse efficiency. The best solutions for going paperless integrate directly with existing ERP systems.
Automated Data Collection and the Mobile Worker
"Adopting Enterprise Mobility in the Supply Chain," a white paper by RFgen, explains that the delay in going paperless at many companies is the result of mobility concerns. If an employee must return to a computer terminal to input data, he or she is working less efficiently. However, with a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), mobility solutions are now available. Through the use of smartphones, tablets and barcode scanning devices, workers can collect data in just seconds without using paper or sitting at a computer terminal.
A MEAP's benefits are not limited to the warehouse either. Mobile solutions are also available at field service and field sales, even those without network connectivity. Entities can mine data that allows for better employee utilization and productivity, greater process efficiency and better ROI on new enterprise technology. If an organization decides to a go a step further and utilize voice-picking solutions, productivity will increase by an additional 25 percent. With any automated data collection system, errors are drastically reduced because the human element is removed.
Choosing the Right Enterprise Mobility Solution
With a MEAP solution like RFgen, organizations will receive state-of-the-art optimization regardless of the ERP. Our solutions work with Oracle, JD Edwards, SAP, Deltek, Microsoft Dynamics and legacy systems. The solutions are also interchangeable depending on what works best for each business and employee. Organizations can utilize "bring your own device," barcode scanners, RFID readers or voice-enabled equipment. A MEAP is the best way for a company to improve agility, connectivity and efficiency with a single solution.