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September 19, 2019

The world around us is becoming revolutionized by the internet of things (IoT) – from residential buildings to commercial and business settings. Warehouses are no exception – slowly and steadily, in almost every sector they are adopting this technology with advanced JD Edwards Managed Services.

What does IoT mean?

If you ask ten different professionals to define IoT, you will end up with ten different replies. For the average person, the internet of things is a group of machines that can communicate among themselves. They are capable of gathering, receiving, and sending information. 

These devices are created to make our lives easier; some examples are smart refrigerators, Google Home, or DVRs. A smart refrigerator can alert us when food is about to go wrong. When it comes to warehousing, the internet of things takes everything to a whole different level.

Warehouses are large spaces that contain hundreds or thousands of individual goods. While inventory goes in and out of the warehouse, it can be challenging trying to keep track of the items. 

But when there are various smart devices being used to report and manage the movement of these products, you can manage the whole warehouse easily and keep track of all products in real-time. As a result of IoT, every device, item, or employee in a warehouse is connected both to the whole system and the outside world.

Kinds of Warehouse IoT

There are some IoT that can be expected to be in use in the future.

  • The industry is now starting to make use of autonomous picking robots. According to statistics, 55 percent of the labor burden of warehouses is as a result of picking. Such robots will work along with employees to improve the efficiency of picking.
  • Warehouses are also beginning to see the introduction of autonomous cars such as AGVs. These vehicles don’t need an operator; they can automatically go to a particular location and pick a product and safely and efficiently transport it. This can free employees to perform other tasks.

Warehouses are implementing IoT to improve efficiencies in the following ways:

  • Stating the condition of products

There are some goods that are more fragile and can quickly get wrong than others. Products that are sensitive to temperature or delicate can soon get damaged as a result of handling the error. 

Using IoT provides smart thermostats and sensors that can be used to manage changing conditions in the warehouse, and determine if goods are ready to be shipped. When the quality of the products changes, the sensors will let you know in real-time so you can avoid the problem before it worsens. 

Also, you could know if the freezer in your warehouse is no longer functioning so you can quickly fix the problem.

  • Monitoring location real-time

Inventory management deals with keeping track of goods as they are transported across the country or to other countries. With so many things to keep track of, some assets might get missing in the mix, even if they have been stored in the warehouse. 

When IoT is used to connect every product to a tracking sensor, you wouldn’t have to be bothered about sound disappearing. If you find it challenging to locate a product, you can check its site real-time and know what happened. 

This will keep you on top of every transportation or inventory error before the issue gets worse. If a client doesn’t receive an order at the right time, you can know what happened along the way. 

Cargo theft is getting worse over the years, and criminals usually target warehouses. Having the proper measures will prevent this from happening because when an item gets missing, you can track its location.

  • Lowering the costs of labor

When your company makes use of more digital tools, you wouldn’t need to spend a lot of work. You and your warehouse team can easily track and locate products rather than looking for them on shelves. 

Even big organizations can let go of some workers if they have a digital backup for every item so that when they get missing, they can quickly be tracked. Sensors will let you know if any product needs particular attention, you, therefore, don’t need to pay employees to inspect goods for any damages manually.

The revolution of the internet of things is here to stay. Businesses and clients can significantly benefit from this technology as they can track their orders quickly.


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