Abaris ERP - Technology investments in warehouses will increase


Many warehouse managers are dealing with increased pressure as organizations evolve. Some businesses are taking a more global approach to wholesale distribution. With e-commerce models on the rise, warehouses need advanced technology to meet new challenges. Technology adoption has shifted from being only a way to reduce costs to a tool that can give companies a competitive advantage, according to a recent study from Motorola Solutions. In fact, 66 percent plan to increase technology investments in the next five years.

Technology investments in warehouses will increase
The role of manufacturing processes and warehouses has changed. Instead of just being an area where companies need to reduce costs, more executives see warehouses and logistics as a way to gain a competitive advantage and drive business growth. By 2018, more businesses are planning to increase the number of distribution centers they use, which will be a 71 percent increase from expansion plans today.
"Warehousing and distribution have not traditionally been the most celebrated functions within leading businesses across manufacturing, retail and wholesale industries," said Mark Wheeler, director of warehouse solutions at Motorola Solutions. "But Motorola Solutions' 'Future of Warehousing Survey' revealed that these functions are playing a more important role as businesses in these industries face new pressures to cut costs and enhance profitability and free up capital as well as drive competitive differentiation and business growth."

Evolving supply chains need more support

As companies are under more pressure to adopt an omnichannel approach, logistics managers are trying to find ways to lower transportation costs, deliver products in less time and streamline operations with new suppliers and trading partner locations. Enterpriseresource planning can help firms meet these new challenges.
To cope with the changing nature of business, many firms plan to automate processes. Companies will still need qualified staff members to manage tasks, but employees will be more reliant on technology. Warehouse managers expect a significant shift away from paperwork and manual recordkeeping in the next few years. Instead, workers will use tablets on the floor for inventory management.

Risk assessment still important in business environment

Although there have been many technological advancements that will change how warehouses and logistics providers operate, companies still need to account for risks. With rapid growth in the market for solutions, businesses may need to consider different risks, according to Tech Republic.
Warehouse automation is likely to increase, and some shipping containers can police their own contents. However, these advanced processes will require an advanced enterprise system. Managers need to be notified if operations are interrupted. Additionally, ERPsoftware allows companies to track shipments to make sure deliveries are on time and accurate. Real-time visibility across multiple facilities can help firms respond to business disruptions before problems escalate. Without advanced systems in place, companies may not know there is a problem with automated production until it is too late.
Logistics professionals are reassessing their supply chains more frequently in the past because the pace of business is faster. Executives need flexible and adaptable solutions to support enterprise agility.

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