Resilient supply chains are capable of withstanding any number of onslaughts, from weather conditions to changing regulations and damaged shipments. Automation is one of the tools successful logistics organizations employ to mitigate potential problems and to resolve supply chain inconsistencies. APICS has documented best practices for supply chain management, and well deployed automated replenishment systems are held in high regard. When it comes to ensuring that damaged supplies will not result in shortages, automated replenishment is a robust solution. Here is how it works.
Automated Processes Within the Supply Chain
Automated inventory management software, like eTurns and other automated systems, allow supply chain managers to spend their time focusing on larger issues, such as order cycles, seasonal promotions, top items and forecast models.
Thanks to sensors that are integrated with phones, PDAs, and other technologies like radio-frequency identification or IoT weight sensors, automated replenishment systems run continuous real-time checks on inventory levels. Items are scanned when they are removed from an existing inventory. Once a minimum is reached, the automated system is alerted and the supply chain manager can rectify the problem before the stock has diminished to unacceptable levels.
Customized Alerts and Data-Informed Response
Users are able to set minimum and maximum inventory levels to maintain lean inventories, and these numbers can be adjusted as needed. When it comes to damaged products, automated replenishment systems can set a reshipment protocol swiftly into action. This occurs because the autonomous system has been collecting data. This historic data is fed into forecast models and allows replenishment managers to fine-tune contingency plans should problems occur. Managers may even begin to notice a pattern in damaged stock numbers and will be prepared for peak occurrences.
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Warehouse Management Automated Solutions
Large warehouses rely on numerous automated solutions. Integrating automated replenishment tools with existing networks helps to ensure that pallets are tracked, inventory status is up-to-date, and damaged items are quickly reported, promptly removed from the chain and ensures statuses are updated in real-time. This triggers a sensor-generated alarm so that replenishment managers can set resupply into motion without ever having to step onto the warehouse floor.
In the event of recalled goods, the inventory location is readily known, and stock can be tracked and removed expediently from the supply chain. Automated systems reduce inventory costs and improve customer and employee safety.
Company Name: ETurns
Contact Person: Pierre C. Lopes
Country: United States