The differences between warehouses of the past and warehouses of today are stark. Prior to the 20th century, warehouse management consisted of manual processes written down on paper. With the emergence of new technologies and ideas, warehouse management has evolved into a much more automated process. Today, the primary focus of warehouse management is to manage the movement and storage of inventory and other materials within warehouse environments.
To control the flow of inventory into, out of and within a company’s distribution center, many companies have adopted warehouse management solutions. Over the past few decades, warehouse management solutions have evolved from complex systems that required special skills to operate and maintain the system to automated systems that do not require extensive training.
Today’s warehouse management systems are much more affordable than systems of the past, much more convenient to use, and much more beneficial to companies. Warehouse management systems now tie into other systems used by the organization, resulting in faster response and delivery times as well as improved visibility. Today’s systems also work to automate warehouse processes and increase production efficiency so companies can focus their attention elsewhere.
As technology continues to evolve and the marketplace continues to expand, warehouse management will continue to change for the better. Stay tuned to our blog to learn more about the evolution of warehouse management and how technological changes have shaped the way warehouses are managed today.