If you’ve been reading the Scanco blog for a while, you’ve been hearing a lot about warehouse automation. That’s because we truly believe automation is the wave of the future for distribution companies that want to maintain their competitive edge.
Read this post to find out why it’s worth it to prioritize your automation strategy sooner rather than later.
What’s Warehouse Automation?
Warehouse automation helps your distribution company reduce operating costs while improving your speed, accuracy, and efficiency—and it’s something you can succeed with now. Though full automation (machines and robots doing all of our work for us) is a long way in the future, savvy companies are starting to automate now in smaller ways that help humans do their jobs better and faster.
What Distributors Stand to Gain from Automation
- Fast Product Movement
Insight into your warehouse inventory levels offers a lot of benefits, but the top one is that you always know your stock levels up to the minute, instead of the next day. With automation, you’ll have access to the real-time updates you need to ensure that when your customers want a rush product you have it in stock—and can move it faster with order allocation.
- Increased Accuracy
People get tired or they don’t see the details. In warehouses that sell a lot of small things, or that sell the same things in various colors, sizes, or kits, it can be easy for your workers to make a mistake and choose the wrong item. They may even think they’re choosing the right item, since it comes from the right item bin, but was put back incorrectly. Automation eliminates those problems, because it uniquely identifies your stock in a way humans can’t.
- Better Decision Making
Labor is expensive. When your warehouse automates processes such as pick and pack or shipping, you can free up labor costs to focus on acquiring great talent, or moving your already-existing great talent from a babysitting role to a strategic role. They say that two heads are better than one, so having your top minds on more strategic decisions could increase your company’s value in ways you never thought of before.
- Improved Efficiency
Just as with point #2, people get tired and they slow down or they make mistakes. With an intelligent warehouse that delivers real-time information, you can track efficiency in a way that makes sense, and you can optimize on your findings as well.
- Higher Profits
It should go without saying that companies with increased accuracy, faster product movement, improved efficiency, and better decision-making capabilities stand to make more money and grow faster—but we figured we’d mention it just as a reminder.
It’s Time Distributors Reclaimed The Respect They Deserve
These days, competition is tougher than ever. Distributors are being treated as commodities instead of like the trusted partners you are, yet you’re still breaking your backs to ensure that all orders from your warehouse are accurate and on time. Retail partners have started to keep scorecards that measure your overall behavior as a distributor … and if your company doesn’t get a great grade all the time on your scorecard, you can say goodbye to a highly lucrative contract.
It’s time to change all that, and the way to do so is through warehouse automation. Don’t wait until all your competitors have implemented this great, time-saving tool. Maintain your competitive edge and differentiate yourself with outstanding service, incredible speed, and impressive accuracy when you automate your warehouse.
Get Your Free Consultation
We understand that you have lots of questions about automation. We have answers. Even better, our answers take your specific situation into account, and our insight draws on our 26 of experience in the distribution field, so the answers we give make sense. Contact the Scanco experts online to schedule your consultation, or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1.