Wireless inventory management leads to inovation
Mobile devices are everywhere. They have integrated the way consumers shop and present technological solutions for how companies run their distribution networks.
More companies are applying ecommerce principles to manage goods as they move through warehouses. As products move through the system, their progress is tracked digitally to provide a clear, up-to-date picture of inventory levels and potential problems. Many distribution specialists now utilize wireless technology to monitor and track inventory in real-time, which has generated opportunities to reduce lag time.
"The guys walking around the warehouse are using these disconnected mobile devices as a user interface connected to some other application, and the warehouse management system is feeding data to the inventory management system," C. Dwight Klappich, research vice president for Gartner, told TechTarget.
Mobile inventory management can provide companies with quick convenient data that has streamlined distribution. The increased accuracy has helped employ new strategies to further increase system response times. New product can now be shifted directly to locations where it is needed, while surplus stock can be moved more easily through third party logistics partners that are able to provide needed reverse logistics.
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