Adoption of technology can augment SCM
“In the electronic sector, warehouse management is the key enabler in business and is under tremendous pressure due to digitisation, new technology adaption, shrinking product life cycles, dynamic demands and increased customer expectations. This has resulted in companies to think about innovative approaches to manage warehouses. It requires use of latest technology like RFID, GPS tagging on boxes, use of cloud-based application, automatic retrieval, barcoding,” notes Balbir Singh, Head Supply & Logistics, Ericsson India.
“Manual operations are now being replaced by sophisticated technologies to cater to the requirements of manufacturers as well as the customers. In an urge to deliver maximum with the available resources, optimising operations has become a prerequisite,” says, SA Mohan, CEO, Maini Materials Movement.
Considering flooring as an important part of warehouse, Ritesh Jain, COO, Lamba Techno Flooring Solutions, avers, “The Indian warehousing sector is faced with severe challenge of lack of physical infrastructure of international standards. Though much upgradation has happened in terms of super structure with use of pre engineering metal building by manufacturing units and warehouses, flooring is still done the traditional way. There is a need to fill the knowledge gap by delivering faster-flatter-floors.” “3PL companies continue to add more value to the warehouse operations of companies across different industry verticals and help in building world-class warehouses,” adds Rathi.
“However, warehouses need to ensure that while selecting any new technology or system for their warehouse, whether it has the ability to integrate, interface and interact with other systems across the warehouse operations,” affirms Malhotra. Maximising technology use
“Smart logistics companies see technology as a way to continually increase productivity and operational efficiency,” states Singh.
According to Rathi, “Trained manpower is by far the most fundamental factor for maximising the use of warehouse technology. We, as 3PL service providers, are investing heavily in advanced technology systems. But till manpower is not trained to use these systems, we will not get the desired results.”
And adds the importance of storage systems. Sub-optimal usage of storage systems can incur huge holding costs. “Decisions regarding dedicated or shared storage should be taken based on the volume and frequency of goods movement, coupled with systems for retrieving stored goods,” he adds.
In the electronic sector, warehouse management is the key enabler in business and is under tremendous pressure due to digitisation In an urge to deliver maximum with the available resources, optimising operations has become a prerequisite
“Warehouse technology with regard to flooring, as the modern smart warehouses are coming close to the city, is to maximise the use of carpet areas as the land is costly. Advance technologies like VNA/ Superflat Flooring and movable racking systems are used. Also, consider surface finish and joints,” stresses Jain.
Though upgradation has happened with use of pre-engineering metal building by units and warehouses, flooring is still done the traditional way
To put it all together, a great warehouse requires good technology and basic fundamentals that can maximise adoption of technology.