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Top 10 Losing Warehouse Strategies and How to Avoid Them

Top 10 Losing Warehouse Strategies and How to Avoid Them

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Adopt the latest mobile technologies and reap big rewards. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com/warehousevision
Adopt the latest mobile technologies and reap big rewards. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com/warehousevision

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TOP 10 LOSING WAREHOUSESTRATEGIESAND HOW TOAVOID THEM
 WHITE PAPER
 
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 WHITE PAPER
TOP 10 LOSING WAREHOUSE STRATEGIES — AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
Old habits can be hard to break, but when it comes to improving your warehousemanagement operations, you’ll reap big rewards i you lose these 10 outdated practicesand strategies and adopt new ones that take advantage o the latest advances in mobiletechnology. Wins or your organization include better real-time material and inventoryvisibility, connectivity, and control; improved decision making and accountability;competitive dierentiation and stronger customer loyalty; aster response times tocustomer demands; and higher protability.
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Receive products manually and then have someone key the data into a fxed terminal.Avoid equipping managers and workers with real-time voice communications and make them relyon inefcient ace-to-ace communications and batch processing.Fail to invest in tools that can help you proactively manage your inrastructure and yourmobile devices.Give your workers consumer-grade instead o rugged or industrial-class devices — because whoneeds reliable devices tough enough to withstand your warehouse?Make pickers juggle handheld devices and paper lists — while ignoring all the hands-ree technology that can make lie much easier or them.Use printed reports to fgure out which pick slots need to be replenished.Force all tasks onto a single (possibly legacy) mobile device, even when that device has signifcantergonomic and technical disadvantages.Insist workers manually perorm cycle counts using paper orms.Allow material handlers to put product wherever there’s an open slot and then write the locationdown on paper.Don’t require your suppliers to provide bar code labels and Advanced Ship Notices orincoming materials.
 
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TOP 10 LOSING WAREHOUSE STRATEGIES — AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
Receive products manually and then have someone key the data into a fxed terminal
— a slow andredundant process that is prone to errors and delays that will cost you, big.
INSTEAD:
Use mobile computers with bar code scanners or RFID readers at the receiving dock to immediately identiyproducts on arrival. This helps get product o the dock quickly and eliminates nearly all the errors associated with manualreceiving: including identication, counting, and data entry errors. With scanning and RFID technology, you’ll avoid themistakes that wreak havoc with inventory accuracy and eat up time and resources to x. And that means your warehousesta can ocus on processing customer orders more quickly.
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Don’t require your suppliers to provide bar code labels and Advanced Ship Notices (ASNs) orincoming materials.
 Without them it’s nearly impossible to unload and receive eciently, and it’s alsodicult to match items with orders.
INSTEAD:
Require your suppliers to provide bar code labels or RFID-tagged packages and ASNs or all incoming shipments.That way when materials arrive at the receiving dock, they can be proactively prioritized or unloading and receiving. Bymaking it easy or your sta to identiy each item and associate it with a valid purchase order, the process will move morequickly and without excessive back-and-orth with the procurement department.
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Allow material handlers to put product wherever there’s an open slot and then write the locationdown on paper
 — an outdated method that causes all sorts o problems.
INSTEAD: 
Track all material moves and ensure everything is put away in the correct spot, instantly, by scanning alldestination locations including rack, shelving, or in bulk. When coupled with system-directed unctionality, you’ll be ableto assign locations close to pick slots where product is likely to be needed next. Place ast-moving items in prime locationsthat are easily accessible. In the end, your warehouse will operate much more eciently than it would with a traditionalmanual system.
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Insist workers manually perorm cycle counts using paper orms
 — a labor-consuming process thatproduces lots o errors, and can even complicate and interrupt order processing.
INSTEAD:
Use bar code scanning and RFID to capture inventory counts and update them on the spot. No more bringing inyour sta in the middle o the night: With a system that records and updates inventory in real time, your people can takeinventory during normal business hours in a raction o the time. No matter what gets put away or picked, your inventorystatus will always remain up to date. And when you have visibility into every area o the warehouse, workers can adapt tochanging priorities to prevent bottlenecks and outages that can delay order ulllment. To top it all o, your sta should beable to shave o one-third o the time it takes to count all your inventory locations.
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