Warehouse Management market is expanding rapidly. Demands have increased and with different technologies in the market, it is now possible to level up to specific demands. The old technology is not available or not meeting the trends available, such as management of inventory through tables and different lists. At such stage, it is a necessity for most enterprises to upgrade systems, increase pace with newer and better technology and also expand access.
The warehouse management trends that buyers should consider are:
Radio frequency identification technology is of two types fixed and mobile. In this technology radio waves are used to keep electronic tag of a product, which is attached with goods. It can be read from several meters away and are useful managing bulk products, when looking and for auditing the items. Rather than bar code systems or manual systems that were in use early, the process is faster and it is also not necessary like the bar code readers to show the tag to the RFIC reader. Another useful and helpful feature of integrating RFID into the supply chain management is that, hundreds of items can be read at once. It is not necessary to only pass one item at a time through the reader. The price of the most passive tags is $0.05. Depending on specification, such as if gamma sterilization is added, the cost can go as high as $5.
Service Oriented Architecture
Based on the principles of inter-operable services, software is developed that has well defined business functionalities. There are different components within the system developed with implementation of languages, so that respective clients can benefit from the structure and they can understand as well as access the information. XML is the most commonly used languages. This architecture has gained popularity because of popularity of web services. Widely disparate applications are implemented in various platforms by developers. In the long run, users can combine applications within the production and reuse them in order to communicate between each other and also with their consumers.
This provides information and resource of various natures through computation and different software applications, so users can access store and transfer information or knowledge without knowledge of configuration and physical location of the information. It increases capacity as well as capabilities of managing huge infrastructure. The enterprise need not train personnel. It is not necessary licensing software. Any pay-per-sue or subscription based service available from internet can improve capability several folds.
Software for voice direction and recognition is put up in distribution centers and warehouses. This technique was developed in late 1990s but the advancements came only recently. The cost of putting up such software has also gone down. The warehouse worker needs a headset which is connected to a wearable computer. This device is light and similar in size of walkman. Verbal prompts are delivered and worker confirms the task through pre-defined code confirmation sprinted over products. Compared to paper of computer based systems, this system is useful because eyes and hands of workers are free, so safety accuracy and efficiency improves several folds.
Other trends seen in warehouse management are:
- Using User Interface or UI which is User-Friendly
- Through Supply Chain Execution Footprint by acquiring by partnering with software companies
- Improved techniques of Yard Management and Integrated Labor
- Using ERP warehouse applications
- Supply Chain Globalization