Every year new technology and trends emerge onto the market, and we follow their ebb and flow to determine which trends may stick around and which will disappear as soon as they emerged. Over the past couple of years, the manufacturing and distribution industry has seen some fairly substantial changes and has adopted many new technologies and warehouse management trends. Some stuck around for quite some time and others for simply a season. However, despite their longevity, each trend has shaped the industry and made it into what it is today.
In case you missed the most recent developments in the industry, we have compiled a list of emerging warehouse management trends that can help your company improve its operations and meet your customers’ needs. Here’s a look at the most popular trends of 2015:
- Distributors and manufacturers are adopting the Cloud for increased flexibility. Imagine being able to use your mobile phone to look up important productivity numbers or view your current manufacturing schedule. With more availability of Cloud and hybrid software solutions, many manufacturers are giving the Cloud a test run in order to obtain greater visibility of their operation and capitalize on quick decision-making.
- Security has become an important issue. Whether your company is using Cloud-based or on-premises technology, security is important. Recent server hacks have spurred many manufacturers and distributors to reexamine their security policies and implement more stringent security procedures and technology solutions.
- Manufacturers and distributors are getting smart with their data. With the emergence of Big Data, companies are realizing that in order to harness information effectively, they need to be smart about the analysis. Smart data strategies include adopting business intelligence software solutions and identifying key performance indicators to track on a regular basis.
- The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing communication. The Internet of Things (IoT) allows devices to communicate with each other automatically without human input. Manufacturers and distributors taking advantage of this technology are experiencing reduced machinery downtime (as they are automatically alerted to system and machine errors), increased quality, less waste, and greater visibility through improved analytics.
- Mobile warehouse management apps have become a staple in manufacturing centers and distribution warehouses. From efficiency gains to more streamlined processes, mobile warehouse management apps provide manufacturers and distributors with the technology they need to keep a firm handle on warehouse operations. More and more manufacturers and distributors are working with software vendors to personalize their warehouse management experience in order to reach their business goals.
How many of these trends do you think will stick around? Is your company currently using any of the above to improve your warehouse management? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below this post. We’d love to hear what you think about these trends and your predictions on what’s to come in 2016.