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You can never take customers for granted! Companies must adapt to customers changing demand. With the expanding internet network, consumers are able to find products faster than ever. It becomes easier for the consumer to buy a product online in just a click at the same time they want their product to be delivered faster. This has resulted in creating a push in two-day, one-day, and even same-day delivery. With this growing trend of instant deliveries now it takes minutes which used to take days to be delivered.
It is necessary for companies to accurately identify the aspects of delivery and logistics which can be automated. For example, a company having a wide range of products faces a complicated process when it comes to delivery.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic interchange of business information using a standardized format; a process which allows one company to send information to another company electronically rather than with paper. Business entities conducting business electronically are called trading partners.
Many business documents can be exchanged using EDI, but the two most common are purchase orders and invoices. At a minimum, EDI replaces the mail preparation and handling associated with traditional business communication. However, the real power of EDI is that it standardizes the information communicated in business documents, which makes possible a "paperless" exchange.
A procurement management system manages the evaluation, selection, and creation of formal agreements with suppliers. It also manages ongoing supplier relationships and the transactional purchasing of goods and services, working with accounts payable to complete the source-to-settle cycle by processing supplier invoices for payment.
Warehouse management hardware – like warehouse management in general – has undergone a serious transformation. The introduction of wireless technology and mobility has launched a variety of new hardware products guaranteed to improve an organization’s productivity and – ultimately – profitability. It is important to be on top of the newest warehouse management hardware solutions such as barcode scanning, labeling technology, voice controlled hardware and AGVs or Automatic Guided Vehicles.
Barcode scanners emerged shortly after the introduction of wireless technology and have become a staple in many warehouses today. A barcode scanner is a hardware device used by many companies to read barcodes in the warehouse, print out product information or labels, and log products into the warehouse management system’s database. Barcode scanners can come in many sizes, shapes and forms depending on the company’s intended use for the hardware.
Barcode label printers work directly with a company’s warehouse management system to print product labels, bin labels, and shipping labels. Generally cost-effective and easy to implement, barcode label printers help companies improve data management, data accessibility, and productivity.
Voice technology is new to the warehouse management hardware scene. Many companies are now using voice-directed picking hardware to determine the number of goods to be picked up. These devices are fastened to a wireless computer, and data is transmitted to the device at the time of picking so the picker knows what to pick and the number of items to be picked. Due to its time-saving advantages, many companies are considering adopting voice hardware into their warehouse management strategies despite its high cost.
Computer-controlled and wheel-based, automatic guided vehicles (AGV) are load carriers that travel along the floor of a facility without an onboard operator or driver. Their movement is directed by a combination of software and sensor-based guidance systems. Because they move on a predictable path with precisely controlled acceleration and deceleration and include automatic obstacle detection bumpers, AGVs provide safe movement of loads. Typical AGV applications include transportation of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods in support of manufacturing production lines, and storage/retrieval or other movements in favor of picking in warehousing and distribution applications.