New Ventures in Warehouse Management Technology
There’s an old truism in direct mail which can be applied to any type of online shopping today. Customers are most pleased with your company right at the moment of purchase. To keep that good feeling going, it’s important to ship their purchases as quickly as possible. The faster people can get their orders, the better they will regard your company.
Fortunately, advances in warehouse management technology are making it easier to speed up the delivery process. Mobile warehouse solutions help employees zip through the warehouse, picking and packing orders faster than ever before. Combined with some of the following hot new technologies, your products can reach customers faster than ever before. It might not be instantaneous but until such time as companies perfect instant delivery methods, it’s the best available now.
Ready? These new ventures in warehouse management technology put older delivery methods to shame.
LTL: Less than TruckLoad Shipping
LTL or Less than Truckload shipping is a new method of shipping that helps companies get goods to customers faster. It’s a plus for small businesses who may not be able to make container minimums.
Although LTL is popular, it does have some drawbacks. These include:
- Longer waiting times – LTL means that your order is shipped with other orders. Trucks may have to make frequent stops, which can increase waiting time for goods.
- Potential damages – A full shipping container is packed to the rafters with goods wedged together. They don’t shift around much during shipping. Less than a full container means there are some open areas and goods can shift around. This means an increased chance of damages.
- Higher costs – Although LTL costs less than full truckloads because you only pay for the space you use in the truck, it can still add up as your distances get longer and longer. If you’re shipping from the West Coast to the East Coast, your LTL costs will climb and your customers may get irritated at the high cost of their slow shipping.
Drones for Shipping? Yes, It’s Happening
Although the government still doesn’t like the idea of mass movements of drones through the sky to drop off goods, manufacturers and retailers alike still hope that one day, drones will drop packages to customers.
It may seem as if drones are the answers to a shipper’s prayers, but there are still some drawbacks with this shipping method, too. For example:
- Regulations are inconsistent – Drone laws in the United States are inconsistent and downright bizarre. For example, you can only fly drones with a pilot, so automated fleets of drones are out of the question, even if they can be flown successfully. Likewise, drones must be within the line of sight of a pilot, making a drone delivery of goods impractical. Laws pertaining to drone deliveries must change to keep pace with the technology.
- Weather can stop them – Drones can’t function in adverse conditions, so deliveries via drones would halt in the event of sleet, snow or rain. Until drones can be as tough as your friendly U.S. Postal Carrier, who does, in fact, deliver in many types of inclement weather, it’s a drawback that’s hard to overcome for drones.
- Heavy packages don’t work – The average drone is built to carry less than 11 lbs. of weight and can only travel for 12-18 minutes before needing to recharge its batteries. That means that, even if they change the laws, you won’t be able to deliver to long-distance customers until drone technology gets an upgrade.
Mobile Warehouse Solutions Are the Answer
Drones, LTL, and other shipping methods still have too many drawbacks. Instead, consider mobile warehouse solutions. These get goods to market faster and use traditional shipping methods at peak efficiency.
ONE by Scanco and ACS offers mobile warehouse solutions to empower your company with smartphone apps and extensions that turn your phones into time-saving barcode scanners. In addition, ONE also offers mobile-based, voice-directed pick and pack solutions that guide your warehouse employees to the right boxes and the right inventory, meaning that you can train, pick, and pack faster than ever before.
If you’re ready to explore your options for faster, better shipping and mobile warehouse solutions, check out ONE by Scanco and ACS. To learn more, visit ONE by Scanco and ACS.