No industry is stagnant. Every market has changed to accommodate the evolving technological landscape. Some warehouses, however, are slow to update their inventory management systems to keep up with a mobile world.
By looking at the common fears associated with adapting procedures, businesses can find a solution to improve their performance without radically altering their business model.
Fear of change
Companies devote a lot of time and money into their software management systems. They can’t afford to drastically alter their facilities and strategies on a whim.
Managers and employees are usually the most resistant to change. TechTarget said warehouse employees hold on to a system that worked in the past. Higher-ups will also be hesitant to incorporate new procedures calling for additional training.
A mobile warehouse inventory management system is designed to make day-to-day operations simpler and more effective. During adoption, inventory workers should be informed how the tools will increase productivity. Instead of changing the current system, Inventory workers add mobile devices to procedures and makes data sharing more convenient. A properly implemented system won’t change the entire warehouse overnight but makes the operations easier and more accessible.
Finding integrated tools
When asked about the obstacles facing tech adoption, company managers told the CPC Strategy blog their business was searching for omnichannel solutions. In other words, they wanted a system that could work across multiple digital platforms.
Business leaders didn’t want to acquire a system until they were certain it could work with data from their sales department, customer service agents and warehouse workers. The benefits of new technology were obvious to the managers and they wanted to find a software program that achieved the maximum ROI from all of their tech tools.
When choosing data collection tools, a warehouse needs to use a mobile system that integrates with the rest of the company. Inventory flow and distribution schedules must work with the rest of the company infrastructure. Mobile tools are more cost-efficient because they are designed to work on existing devices as opposed to purchasing new hardware.
The right system for particular needs
There is no shortage of software options available to a business in the market for a tech solution. When companies do decide to implement new solutions, they want to be certain the strategy they pick is right for their particular needs.
The first step is to discover where the current system is lacking. ClickZ, a business marketing information source, suggested many inventory systems are unable to keep up with e-commerce. Older warehouse strategies facilitate a narrow view yet utilize broad product descriptions. This could lead to sales advertising products that aren’t available or shipping departments missing deadlines due to misinformation.
A company must be aware of the demands of the modern market. Businesses should audit their warehouse for needs and opportunities for growth. Once the specific goals for tech solutions are created, a software partner can be contacted to assist in proper mobile implementation.
Companies can find more information by downloading the Warehouse Mobile Data Dynamics NAV Module Data Sheet.