Adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy can aug­ment SCM

Cargo Talk - - Warehousing -

“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.

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