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Just like any other industry, warehousing and product distribution is subject to changing trends in technology to the point where these changes can affect how work gets done.


Some of these changes in technology can better help managers and warehouse staff get things done, others are a bit more challenging to try to implement and get around, but any way you slice it the world of warehousing and industrial storage has seen a lot of changes and upheavals in the way it does business, and more changes are sure to come as time goes by.


Here’s three of the practices we’ve seen the biggest changes in, and how they can affect the average warehouse owner (i.e. you):


Operational Capacities

Any number of warehouse processes have (and will) become more driven by technology, not the least of which is internal operations.


Software exists now to manage transportation (such as mileage costs, scheduling, and product distribution), enterprise resource planning (management of core business processes such as marketing/sales, production planning, financials, and more), and even management of the warehouse itself through software in order to better keep track of inventory, staff levels, available space, and more.


These come with some trade offs – while the benefits are immediate and can prove useful to your warehouse for a very long time into the future, the cost of implementing them can be a bit of a burden at first. Still, for any warehouse manager hoping to streamline processes and get a better idea of their warehouse’s capacity, these programs can prove invaluable in the right hands.


Supply Chain Management

No matter how long you’ve been in business as a warehouse manager, or what your warehouse deals in, supply chains will always be the backbone of your business – that is, if you know how to properly manage and coordinate these chains. Luckily, a countless number of supply chain management solutions exist from in-depth software suites to external management companies and even management automation for those times when warehouse staff needs to direct their attention elsewhere. This software has existed for a little while, but the striking advances in the fields of cloud storage and metric tracking have enabled these programs to be more advanced than ever before.


Daily Operations & Product Storage

Of course, all the fancy software in the world isn’t going to do much good if the warehouse in question is unable to actually store and manage their inventory. Any operable warehouse still includes industrial storage, pallet racks, and other types of shelving just like they always have, but the difference is now these storage methods are safer and more durable than ever. Modern manufacturing processes have given these storage solutions the ability to store more products more safely than ever before, and the durability and capacity they offer can help your workers work more safely (and more quickly), while increasing your ability to store and retain needed products for the long-term. Learning how to use new storage (and keeping your staff trained on their use as well) is crucial for success in the world of warehousing these days, and no matter how many software solutions you use, nothing will replace being well-equipped with storage.


By keeping up with these trends and always being open to new innovations and changes in the world of warehousing, you can help ensure success for your warehouse in the years to come.

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