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The major pitfalls when measuring outgoing and incoming freight by hand are inaccurate measurements and transposition. And both errors expose your Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) to bad data, leading to poor effectiveness and reduce the efficiency of your distribution center or warehouse.
The use of automated dimensioning systems can eradicate these issues, providing transposition and warehouse management systems with a limitless supply of efficient, real-time measurement and weight data, which can improve operations in various ways, such as;
Carton optimization software is built into most modern space and warehouse management dimensioning systems. It significantly affects lowering shipping costs and reduces packaging waste, two major concerns for all enterprises. Whether these automated dimensioners are installed close to the receiving doors or at particular staging areas across the warehouse, they provide precise measurements. These systems operate at their highest efficiency to minimize excess costs.
Include Item Images on Pick Lists
Pick times is one of those key warehouse metrics that stresses employee and lead to incorrect order fulfillment. As such, errors cost a lot, resulting in returns and reduced customer satisfaction, and return costs consume about eight percent of sales. Preventing returns maximizes profit.
Most cubing and weighing equipment come with cameras that capture both dimensions and images of items with seconds. This added feature helps picker choose the right item at all times. It helps warehouses that use images on picklist reduce picking errors from about five percent to zero.
Future capacity planning
With dimensioned inventory, future warehouse planning can easily be achieved by reorganizing your existing space or moving into a new facility. The major tedious step in planning relocation into a new facility is determining how many pick and bulk locations are required. To effectively do this, decisions should be based on the average and peak inventory regarding the cubic measurement. Also, having the dimensions and weight help identify the pallet racking required.
In some operations, quality control based on weight can be determined by incoming and outgoing shipments using the products’ weight. It saves time in the inspection and receiving of products for incoming shipments, while for outgoing shipments, it can detect potential wrong shipment.
For a large volume of inbound product shipment, invoicing error can easily occur. With Warehouse SKU dimensioning, invoicing errors can be easily detected and corrected by comparing your shipping estimates to the initial charges on a parcel-by-parcel basis. However, this requires dimensioning systems with high precision and accuracy. Carriers could challenge your estimates generated from a system with ineffective accuracy, and they surely wouldn’t accept manual measurement.
Is Warehouse Dimensioning Right for You?
In so many ways, automated parcel and pallet dimensioning systems are of great help to warehouses and distribution centers by boosting their efficiency. If you need automated dimensioners but don’t know how to choose a dimensioning system that can benefit your business, you can always explore some of our available solutions.
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