Warehousing has always been a significant part of logistics. In today’s pandemic climate, with mobility restrictions still in place, there are new norms getting established across the supply chain.
It has caused a ripple effect that led to a surge in demand for innovative logistical solutions that solve physical problems with solutions that are backed by digital power.
Warehouses are like the motherships. They manage the transportation and storage of inventories, balance the demand and supply of goods, and do their bit to improve revenue margins. There must be perfect alignment and collaboration between the warehousing and shipping functions for increased efficiency in inbound and outbound logistics.
It is why warehouses centers across the world are partnering with logistical providers to leverage cutting-edge dimensioning technology. For instance, dimensioning solutions allow them to capture data and proportions of products. Now, shipping costs can be predicted with greater accuracy and at a much faster rate.
Now, let’s look at seven ways in which logistics providers are leveraging automated dimensioning solutions to transform their warehouse operations.
Automation of the dimensioning process
Automating the dimensioning process measures the Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) efficiently and assists in resourceful slotting, cartonization, and quality checks.
- Simplify warehouse functionalities
- Decrease carbon footprint and wastage
- Minimize operational costs
- Eliminate overheads
Smarter decision-making capabilities
Dimensioning specialists help logistics providers make better data-driven decisions in the warehouse. The information captured by devices such as image sensors, bar code scanners, 2D cameras, and label printers provides accurate dimensions of irregular shaped products that are challenging to measure. They can help:
- Decide the right packaging
- Identify the storage space
- Manage handling equipment
- Figure out shipping mode and freight charges
Quick determination of warehouse rents
With warehouses grappling with space crunch and skyrocketing rents, logistics companies need an effective mechanism to calculate the equitable rental cost. Dimensioning service providers help warehouses to:
- Leverage the value and volume of items to determine reasonable rents
- Determine the exact value and volume of an item to arrive at a fair rent
Overall increase in warehouse throughput
Upgrading material handling systems such as conveyor belts, pallet flow racks, and mezzanines are critical to boosting throughput in warehouses. It can increase the number of units that are processed and decrease handling time. Other benefits include:
- Enhance the order fulfilment journey
- Implement the design goals of warehouse machinery
Stronger position for revenue recovery
Logistics firms struggle with financial losses due to faulty freight charges, incorrect packing damages, product returns, refunds, and replacements. As most of these losses are attributed to incorrect product measurements, warehouses are forced to optimize dimensioning. Automated dimensioning systems and equipment help:
- Gauge the physical attributes of products accurately
- Ensures precision of the measurements
- Improves productivity and operational efficiency
Seamless inbound shipping
Legacy receiving systems are a significant bottleneck in inbound logistics. Warehouse staff had to manually measure and weigh each incoming package, enter the data one by one into the Warehouse Management System (WMS), and lookout for the best location to store the product. With dimensioning specialists, one can:
- End process snags by deploying automated parcel and pallet dimensioners
- Measure, capture, sort, package, and send the incoming freight to recommended locations
Implementation of dimensioning systems
The first step in the implementation of an automated dimensioning system is choosing the right dimensioning specialist. If this step is done well, then the rest will fall in place. Warehouses need not worry about increasing operational and cost-efficiency. Instead, they should:
- Select the right dimensioning equipment and infrastructure
- Capture and maintain measured details in a master file
- Create more value in supply chain functions and applications.
The rise of reverse logistics
Reverse logistics is another crucial area that requires attention. If the product return process is not handled in an effective manner, it is likely to result in the loss of customers, goodwill, and revenue.
Dealing with transporting, repacking, quality checking, and refurbishing products returned by the customer is a significant challenge logistics businesses face.
Hence, logistics providers require added visibility in inventory control, efficiency in time management, predictability in inventory movement, and increased security and quality.
Some of the advantages of reverse logistics are:
- Improve utilization of asset utilization
- Create higher ROI by satisfying more customers
- Eliminate overheads and mitigate operational cost risks
- Promote environment-friendly practices
Automating the dimensioning system may be a simple yet powerful process but requires the sort of experience and expertise that can only come by collaborating with a trusted dimensioning specialist. That is vital to winning the logistics game and unlocking the gateway to optimizing cost, effort, and quality while enhancing operational efficiency and profitability.
If you are looking for more information about how you can unlock the power of new-age dimensioning, please check out our latest white paper in which we have provided more detailed information.