Traditional systems of warehousing have been transforming in response to skyrocketing demands for better warehouse arrangements. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the warehousing industry at a time when warehouse management systems were already facing a moment of flux. The new normal in the post-pandemic era involves redefining this industrial workspace.
In today’s world, roughly 80% of warehouse demand is arising from e-commerce services. Social distancing and contactless services are propelling companies to embrace the changes that are here to stay even after the pandemic. The uncertainty that prevailed during the pandemic has taught us to prepare for the challenges of the future. It’s essential then to consider evolving methods of managing warehouse systems in the post-pandemic world.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when planning your post-pandemic warehousing management.
- Are you prepared to handle the surge in demand, accounting for fewer workers?
- Can you provide effective services with limited resources?
- Is your business up-to-date with the technological changes expected in a post-pandemic world?
- Finally, are you prepared for uncertain events that might hit businesses as the coronavirus pandemic did?
Your answers to these questions will enable better management of your business. Once you’ve answered these questions, here are some factors to consider for warehouse management in the post-pandemic world.
Keep pace with the changing rules
Keeping yourself updated on current guidelines and requirements is an important prerequisite for any robust management system. The idea of the ‘rule’ is now much broader, relating not only to government rules but also to guidelines on worker health and safety. Maintaining a safe distance, sanitization and minimizing human touch during business undertakings will dominate the post-pandemic world. Plan and secure the workplace from modern-day illnesses by ensuring hygiene and regular screening of workers so as to enable early detection of any symptoms.
You must also track changing government rules related to your business. The Indian government’s self-resilience initiative has further boosted the demand for manufacturing and storage of goods within the country. Companies will now have to cope with an increasing demand for warehousing and find effective ways to handle this demand.
Know if your business requires improvement in technology
The pandemic has witnessed technological explosions in the way we work, making it essential that you identify your company’s technology needs and ensure any upscaling. A cloud-based management system is the need of the hour. It offers numerous benefits that are relevant to dynamic situations such as these.
Key benefits of the cloud-based management systems include:
- Minimal requirement of equipment
- Faster implementation
- Accommodating a growing demand through user-friendly methods of scaling
- Improved flexibility, security and better disaster management
If you need a system that can enhance the productivity of your business while ensuring accuracy, look into whether a modern warehouse management system (WMS) can upgrade the prospects of your business.
Rethink automated systems of operation
Automation in businesses will rise by an estimated 31% over the next few years, spurred on by technological advancements in robotics, cloud computing and storage. The movement of goods can be automated without human intervention, starting right from the basics of warehouse operations. ASRS (automated storage and retrieval systems), when combined with a warehouse management system, will minimize errors and reduce manual work significantly.
You can effectively deal with increasing consumer demand by automating manufacturing processes through robust tools developed for manufacturing automation systems. This process will help in the smooth operation of your business, with fewer employees working in the field.
By carefully tracking guidelines and drawing up strategies, you can create lucrative and robust systems for your business. Think of it as an optimized mix of behavioural change through effective policy and rule implementation, incorporating modern warehouse management systems and automation technologies for faster operations and reduced handling time in warehouses. Strengthen the course of action for your business processes by creating a better work environment through automation. Expect shifts, prepare for shocks, and equip your business with advanced technology and a well-trained team of employees to manage, combat, and recover from events such as the pandemic.