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Boost Warehouse Productivity and Target Loss Avoidance with Telematics

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Dec 20, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Do you have the tools you need to imannual-report-203760_640.jpgprove productivity? What is your warehouse operation doing to avoid losses? To succeed, you must leverage the right tools and information. 

Telematic data facilitates smarter warehouse management. Obtaining detailed information about your fleet and warehouse operation helps you identify:

  • Where and how you can boost productivity
  • Where and how key loss-avoidance measures should be implemented

Telematics quickly delivers improved insights and actionable information — and leveraging this tool is easier than you may think.

How to boost productivity — reduce losses

Your warehouse probably has a Warehouse Management System (WMS) in place which maintains basic information on:

  1. Inventory levels and locations
  2. Inventory in and out (receiving and shipping)
  3. Transactions and inventory moves (picks/puts, pallet moves)
  4. Orders picked, shipped
  5. Transactions by operator (including quantity, and transaction records with SKU and timestamp)
  6. Operator login/logout times

But, deploy a telematics platform, and you see things at a granular level — like exactly where productivity is slowed and why losses occur. It measures transactions that the WMS can’t see:

  • The breakdown of drivers’ times (login to log-out)
  • Safety checklist, breakdown patterns, and maintenance schedules, including battery charging
  • Time on and off the lift
  • Job starts and completions
  • All motion and times for forklift activities such as lift motion, travel times, idle time, etc.

Make operational changes based on telematic data

According to Modern Materials Handling, the best way to improve warehouse management is to leverage telematic data to identify and prevent small inefficiencies and safety risks, which can add up to big losses.

Telematics allows you to:

  • Monitor congestion in a row or intersection of the warehouse and identify accident-prone areas
  • Look at overall productivity of operators compared by shift, site, and region. Forklift drivers account for 70 to 80 percent of the hourly cost of operating a lift truck, so targeting improvements or additional driver training saves time and money.
  • Obtain detailed, documented reports and analysis of all impacts — identifying not only who, but the where, when and why.

You gain:

  • A customizable dashboard providing at-a-glance, real-time, self-service insights into the health of fleet operations
  • Interactive and easy-to-run reports that identify areas for improvement, such as additional driver training, labor reallocation, and slotting optimization
  • Real-time tracking that determines the best route for product movement
  • Locationing that tracks each member of your fleet down to the square-inch, giving you the ability to analyze accident patterns and take action to eliminate future incidents

About 52 percent of companies deploy advanced telematics in their warehouse to boost productivity and cut losses. Platforms like TotalTrax SX/VX SX200 make big data simple to digest, identifying the changes needed to deliver ROI and measurable results.

Topics: telematics, driver productivity, locationing, SX/VX Advanced Telematics, safety checklists, customizable dashboard, loss avoidance

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