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Is Your Warehouse Operation Resistant to Change and System Upgrades?

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Feb 6, 2018 4:00:00 AM

 “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

Most people don’t like change, particularly when it comes to how they do their job. Add new software and its integration with current systems, and people tend to run in the other direction. office-2463928_640.jpg

But, change is good for business, and today’s warehouse and supply chain industries have evolved. You must keep up to remain relevant and competitive. Decisions are now based on data and real-time insight, and they are expected to happen faster than ever before.

The question is, are you and your employees on board with change, or are you resistant to doing things differently — even if it means greater success at a reduced cost?

Think about this:

  • Are you still putting off upgrades to your old warehouse management system and the use of advanced telematics?
  • Do you know that your current WMS can be easily merged with a telematics platform to seamlessly deliver actionable information that everyone can understand?
  • Can your old system drill down to the root cause of daily challenges quickly, or are you spending too much time running reports to accomplish this?
  • Do you have access to real-time insight on one screen, so you can take quick action that supports safety and improves efficiencies?

Poor performance from an old system is not your fault. Failing to recognize this and make changes is. Data that languishes in poorly connected systems typically is out of date and unreliable, which results in inefficient warehouse operations. Process integration must merge information in a way that appropriately, and quickly, solves your specific business challenges

Why resisting upgrades costs you more in the long run

A telematics system is beneficial to your facility for several reasons. It shows digestible facts about current conditions and improvements caused by changes you have made. It also pinpoints problem KPIs and why they are off target, and gives direction so everyone understands what needs to be done.

For example:

  • Operator Report Card – provides data at a singular operator level or at a group level. This data provides a holistic view of how well your operators are performing. Data includes, but is not limited to: number of impacts, failed safety checklists, speed violations, and improper battery care.
  • Simultaneous Utilization Reports – provides data on operator and forklift utilization at any given time.
  • Advanced Location – provides data on traffic patterns, where impacts occur, as well as traffic violations pertaining to pedestrian walkway or safe zones and speeding.

Though it can be human nature to resist change, upgrading to telematics can empower everyone in your facility to accomplish more and improve effeciency. With tangible results, driven by telematic data, you can leverage leaner management principals, remain competitive, and realize continuous improvement.

Topics: upgrade, warehouse systems, connected warehouse solutions, waste stream reduction, operator report card, telematic data

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