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Tracking to the Square Foot: 4 Reasons It Matters

Posted by Brian Quigley, Director of Client Services on Sep 22, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Want your warehouse to surpass expectations in productivity and meet OSHA protocol? You need tracking as part of your telematics platform. This is now the norm for managing fleet vehicles and warehouse efficiencies, providing highly specific locational data of your fleet, right down to the exact square foot.measurement-1476919_640.jpg

According to an article in Modern Materials Handling, lift truck manufacturers have known for a long time that harnessing data from their trucks can improve how a warehouse operates, allowing for optimum efficiency. But today’s capabilities provide location information that can be a game-changer.

Here are a few key ways, according to Occupational Health & Safety Online, where an advanced telematics platform improves warehouse efficiency, specifically because of precision location capabilities. A manager can:

1. Monitor driving and work habits.

Fleet tracking devices make it easy to monitor driving habits and ensure overall safety in real time, no matter where you are. Knowing the general area of any given forklift is not as helpful as seeing exactly where it is within the warehouse. It also offers better preventative analytics — assisting with internal risk assessments, driver scoring, and feedback. This allows you to be proactive rather than reactive to situations and assures compliance with OSHA requirements.

2. Locate a driver instantly.

On-demand unit location lets you quickly find vehicles and drivers. With access to the precise location of your fleet vehicles — and your drivers — at all times, you can see how long a vehicle stays in a given location or if it takes an alternate route. This allows you to gauge efficiencies and make necessary changes to improve workflow.

3. Make changes based on data.

Real-time precise tracking identifies needs — like driver training, labor reallocation, and slotting optimization — so you can use facts to determine the best route for product movement. It gives you the ability to plan traffic patterns for the most effective locations for fast-moving pallets. For example, it may be possible to move every pallet up to 15 seconds faster, which can reduce operating costs and boost productivity over time.

4. Locate inventory instantly.

Without precise telematics, managers can spend too much time searching for lost or misplaced pallets. Telematics offers you optical position markers on the ceiling, combined with high-precision cameras on each vehicle, to track the location of vehicles and pallets — essentially linking forklift movement with data on the pallets. This provides 100% inventory accuracy.

According to an article on SupplyChain24/7, to get control over the costs of doing business, companies need a disciplined way of managing and delivering results with their labor forces. Telematics allows precise tracking and robust analytical tools, empowering you to improve fleet operation and warehouse efficiency with data that pinpoints exactly where change should occur.

Topics: OSHA, inventory accuracy, telematics, warehouse operation, fleet operation, location capabilities