I was fortunate to work for one of the biggest distributors in Israel. Diplomat Distributors Ltd. has 2 warehouses over 10,000 sq/ft each. Throughout my time there, managing one of these warehouses, I saw the company invest in IT and other systems to increase efficiency of order picking and better inventory management.
Managing a warehouse this big, requires a solid ERP. Diplomat had implemented SAP ERP, about a year or so, before I came on board. Although it worked fine, it was still far from its full potential.
Electric Pallet Trucks were used for order picking and maintenance. their upgrade with an intelligent scaling system was one of the projects that I was a part of and is detailed here.
Wearable computers/barcode scanners were a forward thinking way to pick orders already. However, they were, in my time, replaced with automatic voice order picking. Click here to learn more about this project.
Complemented with the scale update for the pallet trucks, the order picking system’s efficiency was increased by over 45%. This meant that within the same shift, workers were able to pick up to 1,000 boxes of merchandise instead of the 650 they were used to.