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Big Data to Improve Warehouse Operations Is More User-Friendly than Ever

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Oct 27, 2016 4:45:00 AM

When you hear “big data,” do you envision massive data sets too difficult or time-consuming to understand?  You are not alone.  Studies show warehouse operators realize that advanced telematics delivers value, but they worry that unsorted data is too difficult to manage.big-data1.jpg

Fear not. Today’s telematics platforms digest this information for you. So, when data is delivered wirelessly to the server software, advanced reporting and analytics tools compile the most important information for you.

Big data saves time, money and frustration

The key to user-friendly big data is breaking it down into actionable information. This empowers you to leverage vast amounts of information to transform warehouse productivity and safety, while saving valuable time and frustration.

What you gain through easy-to-digest analysis and reports:

  • The breakdown of drivers’ times (login to log-out)
  • Safety checklists, 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 and idle time

Big data can pinpoint small operational changes

What if you could identify small inefficiencies that, when corrected, add up to major time- and cost-savings — such as optimal routing or better driving habits?  Telematics takes you beyond general assessment to comprehensive operational improvement, from forklift safety to warehouse productivity.

It allows you to:

  • Monitor congestion in a row or intersection of the warehouse, and identify accident-prone areas.
  • Look at operators’ overall productivity  compared by shift, site, and region. As drivers account for 70 to 80 percent of the hourly cost of operating a lift truck, targeting areas for improvement 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.

How user-friendly can big data be?

Advanced warehouse management now involves collecting data from both smart lift trucks and advanced telematics platforms. But managers don’t need advanced analytic skills to make sense of all of the numbers being reported.

Today’s platforms make big data simple to digest and easy to convert into improvement strategies. Some improvements to usability include:

  • Customizable dashboards with self-service insights into the health of fleet operations
  • Interactive and easy-to-run reports
  • Real-time product-movement optimization
  • Square-inch locationing for easy identification of accident patterns
With an adoption rate near 52 percent, it’s safe to say that advanced telematics are taking the intimidation out of big data in warehouse management

Topics: fleet management, big data, safety checklists, warehouse operation, warehouse operations, advanced telematics

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