While initially underwhelming the logistics world in the 90’s, RFID has been growing exponentially in the last five to seven years. With good reason, it has led to many businesses taking a second look at the technology and wondering if it has indeed, reached a point where it should be replacing barcodes.
Go Fish? Not so fast!
In 2003, investigators in Australia solved an illegal poaching operation using RFID chips. The fish (which were already caught and on shore) had RFID chips inserted into them, and when the unsuspecting fish-burglars took the bait and made off with the “catch,” they soon found themselves up to their gills in legal trouble.
While this early innovation was a creative way to use RFID on a fish, since that time others have been looking at more positive ways that have a more productive objective, though with the fish remaining as in demand as ever.
When it comes to some areas in your warehouse, big improvements are often hard to come by. This is especially true for typically labor-intensive areas like picking, or other areas where the work is irregular in timing and cumbersome, like Receiving.
Warehouse technology has evolved rapidly since the internet turned every business into a catalog company. There is almost nothing that a customer doesn’t expect they can have delivered to their door in only a day or two.
Wireless Goes Where the Hardhat Doesn’tConstruction Site Safety
Construction jobs are inherently dangerous. The mixture of heavy machinery, deep holes, extreme heights, concrete, steel beams, chemicals, etc. is always going to create the potential for all types of injuries and even fatalities. In 2014 in the US alone, there were nearly 5,000 fatal occupational injuries, of which construction led with 17% of the total despite employing only 6% of the workforce in the evaluation. The most common worksite hazards for construction workers were workplace falls, electrocution, being struck by objects or being caught between two objects.
Modernization is, to pardon the pun, a somewhat old phrase. Derived from French in about 1770, there really is nothing new about it! In your professional experience, you might be thinking you’ve been modernizing for your entire career. But in the context of modern logistics and DC processes, it refers to a specific “trend,” if you will, of not just updating specific systems with new equipment and software, but a more significant step of evolving from a set of legacy technologies to an entirely new type of system.
Our March to The Fully Mobile Workplace
“Mobile” is a ubiquitous word in our society today, driven mainly by the advancements in digital technology that gave us our smartphones (formerly known as “mobile phones”) as well as many new advancements in business and the world of commerce.
While we have focused on our expertise and solutions in RFID, “mobile” infers a long list of things that are now deployed in distribution centers, including but not limited to:
We’re just two years from 2020, but the warehousing industry has already made huge strides in enabling smarter warehouses with more efficient and accurate operations.
Facility-wide changes aren’t Easy and not always optimal.
When your DC needs an upgrade, where do you start?
Something we see with every facility we visit is the desire by managers to continually look for new ways to improve on their KPIs and find innovative ways to do that. While every manager would love to have the resources to rebuild their warehouse facility, its processes, and layout from the ground up, this is possible only in the rare case that the business is growing so fast it can afford to build out a separate new facility to replace the older one when it is ready (or moving to an entirely new location).