In the modern age, we have information wherever and whenever we want it, and even sometimes when we don’t want it. We’re able to watch planes travel online in real-time, know the news as it happens, and track packages we order as they come from around the world. This real-time reporting has made a significant impact on the way supply chains work. Depending on the system a fulfillment or warehousing partner uses, retailers can have access to very specific information just as they need it.
If you employ real-time RF scanning in your day-to-day operations, then you already know how monumental and beneficial this change can be to your business. RF scanning gives you instantaneous information you need about quantity, cycle-count, and picking updates on your product. If you haven’t incorporated this, then it’s a solution to consider—at any level—to increase your accuracy, to incorporate live-information to your operations, and to create efficiency throughout your staffing.
Some costs associated with e-commerce don’t have anything to do with the customer or even the building itself, but it takes a lot of turning wheels to make a warehouse and distribution center run smoothly. That includes making sure that inventory is exactly where it’s supposed to be, as well as making certain that administrative tasks are being taken care of outside the floor of the distribution center.
Warehouses are complex operations. They have to run seamlessly to ensure that operations are as efficient as possible. The ultimate goal is to eliminate waste: whether that’s wasted product, wasted energy, or wasted labor. In order to help humans be more efficient, we have technology and equipment to help us be faster, stronger, and safer.
Volume fluctuations and e-commerce fulfillment go hand in hand. There are two basic types of fluctuations – those that occur naturally (an unforeseen spike in sales) and those that are driven by marketing (a sale). Unfortunately, most online retailers don’t think about fulfillment until after there is an issue. If you are not well prepared, it can be extremely difficult to deal with these types of volume fluctuations. Not only do you need to make sure you have enough products available during these high sales times, but you need the right number of employees around.