There is an undeniable pressure on supply chains across all industries to increase efficiencies and lower costs. The onslaught of new technologies providing consumers with more capabilities and higher demands has made it nearly impossible to abide by the manual processes of yesterday and survive. The 2013 Third Party Logistics Study done by Penn State University shows that 47% percent of shippers believe that their 3PL can’t offer innovative solutions. Nearly half of the outsourced fulfillment providers surveyed are having a difficult time creating opportunities to streamline their operations in response to these new demands. A key place to begin is through mobile, or wireless, technologies within the supply chain.
Implementing new technologies within the distribution center is a vital element to maintain accuracy, effectiveness and to stay ahead of the curve of customer and client needs. Wireless initiatives also respond to the mounting burden of improving efficiency and lowering distribution costs. These challenges are offset by enhanced transparency. Being able to track fuel consumption, labor costs and distribution center activity allows for adjustments to be made and costs to be precisely managed. Wireless products and applications designed specifically for the logistics and fulfillment industry are the tools that make these improvements possible.