Warehouses and Distribution Centers are involved with many separate but integrated tasks which include receiving products, putting those products away (Put Away), picking orders, and shipping. Warehouses usually store products from a single vendor where distribution centers may handle products from many vendors. Regardless, warehouses and distribution centers share common tasks that would benefit from using technology to better manage and automate their daily work. Mobile computers or RFID systems can be used to ship and receive products as they passÂ the loading docks. Mobile computers can be used to put products away, assign bin locations, and aid the picking of orders. Using ADC technology products, wireless WI-FI and a warehouse management system (WMS) will aid in the efficiency of daily tasks by warehouse workers and help provide management with a real-time snapshot of their inventory and product movements.
By developing strategic partnerships with best-of-breed ISVs and world class hardware manufacturers, BlueStar's "In-a-Box" Series provides a jump start for those who provide or wish to provide solutions for Warehouse/Distribution. These "In-a-Box" Solution bundles consist specifically of selected hardware that is best suited for the targeted solution, including peripherals that complete the solutions offering. Solutions are available for these segments:
Hands-free and Voice Solutions
Increase Mobility and Relay Information Quickly and Accurately
Stay in contact with personnel on the floor and relay critical information quickly with voice-enabled wearable mobile computers , hands-free bar code scanners and RFID readers .
Hands-free and voice products, combined withÂ BlueStar's partner applications and a Warehouse Management System (WMS), give workers unparalleled freedom of movement so they can multitask and accomplish more in a shorter period of time.Â Equipping your warehouse staff with voice recognition and hands-free scanning functionality, lets you replace error-prone manual processes and enable your workers to multi-task so your company can enjoy the following benefits:
- Increase visibility to keep the warehouse floor productive
- Locate items quickly and accurately
- Better manage inventory with real-time information
Applications for Voice and Hands-free:
- Inspection and Quality Control
- Returns Processing
Handheld Scanner Solutions
Error Proof Warehouse Operations While Maximizing Productivity
Equip your staff with industrial handheld bar code scanners, mobile computers , two-way radios and RFID readers to track and trace assets, manage inventory in real time, and respond to increasing demands for customization.
Best-of-class hardware, combined with BlueStar's partner applications and a Warehouse Management System (WMS), allow you to replace inefficient manual processes and streamline operations within your warehouse or distribution center.
Arming your warehouse staff with handheld computers, scanners and two-way radios lets you replace error-prone manual processes with efficient ones that utilize the latest technologies to streamline and automate processes and enjoy the following benefits:
- Raise productivity, lower labor costs
- Improve inventory accuracy and position
- Get more orders out the door every day
Vehicle Mount Solutions
Achieve New Levels of Productivity and Accuracy Across Warehouse Operations
Control misplacements, eliminate false out-of-stocks and increase productivity of your warehouse staff by equipping your forklifts with rugged bar code scanners, mobile computers and RFID reader s.
Vehicle Mount Solutions help warehouse staff quickly and accurately scan pallets, determine the fastest storage route and verify that product is placed in the right location at put-away. Operators also can receive notification when product is running low.
Putting technology at the hands of your forklift operators lets you replace error-prone manual processes with efficient ones that streamline and automate warehouse processes so you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Increase productivity while decreasing labor costs
- Improve inventory accuracy while reducing inventory on hand
- Quickly ship accurate orders
Keep Everyone Connected and Optimize Your Workflow
Arm your warehouse staff with push-to-talk radios and voice-enabled devices. Enhanced communications not only improves productivity, it also makes it easier for managers to oversee staff and equipment on the floor so downtime of essential assets can be minimized.
This complete solution enables your staff to communicate clearly and reliably, even in noisy environments. As a result, you'll reap the rewards of a more collaborative, efficient and streamlined warehouse or distribution center.
Equipping your warehouse staff with push-to-talk radios and voice-enabled devices facilitates direct communications between coworkers and supervisors in order to:
- Enhance communications and improve efficiency
- Identify and address operational issues quickly
- Protect and extend the value of your technology investments
RFID Distribution and Warehouse Solutions
Enable New Workflow Process Improvements While Enhancing Efficiency
Wholesale distributors today manage virtual trading networks with inventory at partner/supplier depots, on the road, on the loading dock and inside the four walls. For wholesale distributors, process improvements across these virtual networks mean profits. RFID technology can enable these new workflow process improvements and the associated savings can be applied directly to the bottom line. RFID solutions for warehouse distribution systems can enhance the efficiency of companies engaged in all facets of warehouse distribution, from shipping and receiving, to inventory control to picking, put away, and cross-docking.
For wholesale distributors, significant competitive advantage is realized by maintaining up-to-the-second inventory, reducing safety stock from more accurate demand models, and improving data integrity and accuracy from the time inventory is received to the time it leaves the shipping dock.
This ideal scenario is becoming more commonplace as distributors replace point-and read, labor-intensive operations with RFID systems that track RFID-tagged pallets, cases, cartons and individual items for leaner inventories, increased automation and anywhere, anytime visibility.
- Reduce labor costs
- Increase inventory accuracy
- Reduce inventory stock levels
- Reduce unsaleable and out-of-stock items
- Improve customer satisfaction
Inventory control is concerned with minimizing the total cost of inventory. The three main factors in inventory control decision making process are:
- The cost of holding the stock
- The cost of placing an order
- The cost of shortage
Insufficient inventory means lost sales and costly, time-consuming back orders. Too much inventory means products are sitting and not creating renevue. An Inventory Management tool will allow you to know at any time what is in stock, what are the fast moving products, what is the shelf life of products and everything you need to make inform decisions concerning your inventory and levels.
For more information, check out Stockperson In a Box | Inventory Management