As a warehouse manager, your primary responsibility is to save the company money by orchestrating the most cost-efficient and effective warehousing operation known to mankind. Oh, and while you’re at it, make sure you build your warehousing process into a sustainable, competitive advantage the company can rely on to get a step up on the competition. Easier said than done, right? With everything on your plate, it’s easy to see how certain aspects of your job might get pushed to the backburner. One aspect often overlooked in the day-to-day workings of the warehouse is the importance of staying up to date on the latest technologies that will streamline your processes. Even for uber-productive warehouses, innovation and evolution are critical for sustained growth and success. Don’t worry, if you’re having trouble finding time to research new technologies, you’re not alone.
Allow us to do some of the work for you. If you haven’t looked into automated dimensioning and cubing equipment, now is the time. Trust me, your boss will be singing your praises when he/she realizes the benefits accurate dimensioning can deliver. Let’s begin by focusing on three of the roles you have as warehouse manager and how dimensioning equipment can address the pain points that accompany those roles.
1. Overseeing Slotting and Storage Maximization
As you know, warehouses have limited capacity. A great warehouse manager is one who can ensure he/she is optimizing his/her warehouse’s space. Adding automated cubing equipment to your receiving process will do just that. Any dimensioning equipment that’s worth its weight will integrate seamlessly with your warehouse management system (WMS) providing your employees with real-time updates as to the dimensions and weight of your incoming parcels. The dimensional data empowers your employees to slot items quickly and accurately, cutting down on wasted
space and wasted time. Don’t waste money building your warehouse horizontally to accommodate greater shipping frequencies. Measure better, slot more effectively, and better understand how to build up instead of out by utilizing dimensioning equipment.
2. Increase Efficiency
If you currently utilize tape measures (or no measuring devices at all) you are welcoming human error into your calculations. Manual measurements take time and can be difficult to gather, especially when dealing with irregularly shaped items. Cubing equipment will rectify this issue by drastically reducing the amount of time required to perform data collection. And don’t worry about any hiccups in your receiving lines. The dimensioning equipment will fit naturally within your lines to maximize space and increase the rate of your receiving. Automated dimensioning equipment can take the pain off your employees and eliminate the chance for human error in your measurements.
3. Boost Productivity
Ask your employees if they want to use dimensioning equipment. You better believe they want to throw that tape measure in the trash and move on to quicker and more efficient methods of measuring. Asking their advice and getting them involved in making improvements will increase their productivity and boost the overall morale of everyone in the warehouse. These people are your eyes and ears and they have great ideas of how to improve operations. The more accurate and precise your operations can be, the better your warehouse will function, the more inspired your employees will be, and the more money you will save.
Being a warehouse manager is no easy task. Anything that can make life easier on you, your employees, and your company is a worthwhile investment. Dimensioning and cubing equipment can automate your processes, improve your storage maximization, and eliminate errors, saving you both time and money.