Gateway to Digital Warehouse
Posted On: December 13, 2018
Shopping has never been so easier. Sitting in the comfort of our room, we can instantly order whatever we desire with just a touch of a button. This increasing craze of online shopping has totally revamped India’s warehousing industry. To keep up with rapid pace of increasing customer demands and to give them an exceptional experience, businesses have started leveraging technology in warehouses.
According to Economic Survey report 2018, “With implementation of GST, Indian logistics market is expected to reach about $215 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 10.5%.”
Following are the 4 ways that define how technology has taken warehouses towards digital transformation
1. Data driven logistics –Logistic businesses are saving millions by administering big data analytics. Big data that leverages artificial intelligence and evolves through machine learning algorithms has significantly reduced OPEX, and improved decision making process across supply chain.
IoT sensors in vehicles are capable of reporting data in real-time and help businesses to track location and speed of every vehicle. It enhances transparency, accountability and performance optimization. Analytics provide actionable reports and aids stakeholders in taking steps to expedite loading and dispatch time. It helps to enhance safety and maintain an ideal storage temperature.
Furthermore, IoT technology integrated with cloud video surveillance systems help businesses to track every activity in their warehouses.
2. Warehouse automation –According to CBRE report, “Indian market for warehouse automation is estimated to grow by 10-12% to US$ 3.49 billion by the year 2020.”
Automation is one of the most significant ways to enhance efficiency, accuracy and reduce labor demands. It speeds up order fulfillment and inventory management processes. With automation system, you can automatically count items rather than manually recording them.
Automation systems helps businesses to reduce OPEX as it is much cheaper than paying for manual labor in long run.
Logistic businesses use mechanized robotic solutions for storage and retrieval of goods within the warehouse. These robotic solutions enable easy handling of goods within a warehouse therefore enhancing accuracy and operational efficiency.
3. RFID tags –From serial number, location on production line, manufacturer to expiration date, RFID tags can store and keep track of all the data you need for your inventory. It aids warehouse employees in providing them with status of a shipment. RFID technology does not involve human intervention, thus it reduces labor costs and increases task speed.
With RFID tags, workers can immediately verify if right items have been picked, and then those items are immediately deducted from inventory. Therefore, it helps in reducing feasibility of out of stock goods.
4. Adoption of drones –As e-commerce is gaining momentum, companies are thinking of innovative solutions to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. And drone delivery is next big thing in warehouse industry.
As per a study published in early 2018, well planned drone delivery can reduce environmental impact of packaged delivery. Also, the speed and convenience of drone delivery is amazing.
Delivery through drones would be much faster and convenient.
Two biggest e-commerce players Amazon and Flipkart will soon be delivering products through drones. In a new system designed by Amazon called ‘Prime Air’, drones will be used to deliver products within 30 minutes of order.
Consequently, with advent of technology, warehouses are no longer the same old, dark and dingy godowns in supply chain, but a place that has undergone digital transformation for more efficient processes and results. Smart warehouses are helping stakeholders to save time, revenue and Improve efficiency for a greater competitive advantage. Get in touch with us to know more.