The concept of big data isn’t new, but manufacturers and distributors are getting smart with their data. (See Top Warehouse Management Trends for 2015.) Smart data strategies include adopting business intelligence software solutions and identifying key performance indicators to track on a regular basis. The next step is to create an actionable plan for improvement. Automating this process increases agility, enabling companies to react quickly to changing market and customer demands.
A big data strategy starts with data collection. With Scanco Warehouse you have the ability to automate data capture. Handheld devices and barcoding software provide timely and accurate data collection. The challenge is managing the data and controlling it so that the sheer volume of data doesn’t overwhelm the business. Starting with a warehouse management solution, data can be used to validate inventory, automate bin locations, and decrease errors in your warehouse. Another important part of your big data strategy is to provide meaningful data to the entire organization. Integrating Scanco Warehouse with Sage 100 (formerly MAS 200 ERP) will ensure that other departments and management have the information they need to make informed decisions, react quickly to solve problems and be more competitive.