The synchronized distribution supply chain: best practices in warehouse management

The warehouse is at the center of your business, a key area through which nearly everything in your business must pass — from packages in a parcel post environment to raw materials and finished goods in a manufacturing plant, to a wealth of products in a distribution center. When mobility is extended throughout your warehouse, a new level of efficiency, accuracy and visibility can be achieved. Paper processes are replaced by real-time computerized forms on mobile computers; barcode scanning enables checks and double checks that the right item is being picked, packed and shipped; and RFID provides automatic tracking of materials without human intervention.

With warehouse mobility also comes the collection of a richer data set in real-time, providing a real-time view of inventory in the warehouse, order status and more. And when availability of this information is extended to other areas of your business, the full value of warehouse mobility is realized. The data collected in this key focal point of your business has the power to enable significant cost and operational efficiencies throughout the enterprise — in the yard and on the production line as well as in dispatch, sales and service. 

This white paper will examine how warehouse mobility can serve as the foundation of an enterprise-wide mobility, creating a more collaborative information architecture that not only enables a leaner warehouse operation — but a leaner, more profitable enterprise as well.