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Easy Warehouse Time-Management Tips That Use Real-Time Telematic Data

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Jan 10, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Most days don’t go as planned for a warehouse manager, and the first step to reducing wasted time and chaos is to manage all tasks with greater efficiency. Where do you waste time and energy each day?  clock-163202_640

Maybe you lose time searching for answers to the latest problem and determining a solution. But, ideally, you should have access to customizable reports from telematic data to tell you exactly what you need to know and what you need to do to reduce challenges. Having information at your fingertips cuts the time you spend seeking solutions.

How do you begin?

Daily challenges in your warehouse can require more hours than there are in a day. But you can adjust how you manage your time. 

  • Start your day with a clear focus.  
  • Prioritize your tasks make them results-driven.  
  • Avoid trying to multi-task. 
  • Minimize unimportant interruptions.  
  • Take stock at the end of your day.

How does real-time telematic data help? 

Managing a warehouse or distribution center requires attention to detail, time, and continuous action. Your telematic data should support what you do and reduce the time you need to accomplish tasks. 

Managers can use real-time data to: 

1. Stay aware of current or emerging issues. 

You have digestible reports that are filtered into relevant data with real-time results and individual KPIshighlighted for action. 

2. Identify any trends.  

Determine who or what is causing problems or challenges that impact productivity. Use telematic software to gain immediate visibility on one screen based on your specific KPIs for lean, continuous improvement. It should display all relevant areas with real-time status. 

3.  Determine what action is required to address each issue.

Your telematics platform should offer a quick path to root causes. In just one click, look at charts and tables that show the root of the problem and provide an easier path to assessment for action BEFORE issues escalate. 

4. Fine-tune safety, routing and inventory.

Lost product drags down productivity and wastes time. Telematics can track the location of vehicles and pallets, essentially linking data on forklift movement and pallets, eliminating man-hours lost while locating misplaced inventory.Locationing technology can analyze historical and real-time traffic patterns, which allows managers to proactively avoid accident-prone areas. 

5. Manage operators and warehouse staff efficiently. 

Across the entire warehouse operation, daily processes must work in synergy. Telematics can give your WMS improved big-picture visibility. Managers can learn real-time vehicle location with proximity to product, so they can assign job assignments efficiently.

If you are being pulled in multiple directions and continue to struggle with benchmarks, perhaps it is time to reclaim your wasted time. Some of the time you spend running reports and searching for answers can be used more effectively. Focus your time on what matters most each day in your warehouse and use a telematics platform that simplifies how you manage challenges and solutions. 

Topics: real-time monitoring, advanced locationing, fleet monitoring, fog and edge computing, customizable dashboard, time management, proactive warehouse management, teamwork, value driven strategies, telematic data