HOW HAS ECOMMERCE AFFECTED THE WAREHOUSING INDUSTRY?
The world is changing faster than ever before, with advances in technology altering the way we do things in almost every aspect of life. Warehouses are no exception. Technology has also given rise to ecommerce and it is technology that has helped raise its popularity. This online retail revolution has had significant implications for the warehousing industry, from the way they operate, to their scale of business, with an average US warehouse increasing 143% in size, according to an article on Supply Chain Drive.
So, when we look at the impact on the warehousing industry, we once again look at technology for solutions to address the changes.
IMPROVED LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE
Warehouse technology has advanced tremendously, with the use of different types of inventory management and courier software to support the growing needs of the consumer. Mobile courier software can be used on smartphones and tablets, leading to more efficient management, improved protection of data, and real time information through a single dashboard.
Ecommerce has changed the definition of a good location for a warehouse. Earlier, warehouses needed to be located where the zoning regulations were lenient. But now, with the surge in same day and next day deliveries, the prime location for warehouses has shifted to places close to large cities.
INNOVATIVE STORAGE SYSTEMS
In today’s fast-paced world, where everyone expects their orders to be delivered as quickly as possible, there is a huge demand of innovative storage solutions. For instance, take Amazon’s “chaotic storage,” in which new items are placed on the nearest available shelf, instead of placing items in alphabetic or price-based order. The system may look chaotic and untidy to an outside observer, but with the help of automated technologies, the system is able to manage warehouse inventory in one of the best and most efficient ways, according to an article on System ID.
BETTER EMPLOYEE TRAINING
With the booming warehouse industry, driven to a large extent by ecommerce, the demand for warehousing has increased as well. With such high demand, every part of the warehouse machinery must work perfectly, including the workers. Warehouses have improved their training efforts, training new hires quickly, so that they can add to the productivity of the warehouse as soon as possible. Workers understanding the protocols and the technology is necessary for the efficient functioning of a warehouse.
Ecommerce has brought about a revolution in the warehouse industry, with the changes set to be even greater in the near future. While this gives the warehouse industry a reason to celebrate, it also means seeking better technology solution for logistics management.