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Inventory Tracking & Management

Receiving, Picking, Putaway, Inventory Control, Packing & Shipping

Thanks to innovative, rugged products, integrated voice solutions, and proven solution expertise AB&R® can provide and deliver the unmatched workflow accuracy and productivity that your operations depend on.

Components of Asset Tracking & Management Solutions

Benefits

Proven Solutions for Inventory Management

  • Optimized inventory accuracy

  • Increase in efficiency and productivity

  • Time and cost savings

  • Improvements in customer satisfaction

Receiving

The receiving process is arguably the most important process in the DC: All downstream workflows depend upon the accuracies and efficiencies achieved during receiving. Accurate data entry at this phase is critical for preventing costly cascading errors. AB&R helps to make receiving both rapid and extremely accurate with scanning that ensures first-time bar code reads, even for codes that are damaged or difficult to read. Likewise, mobile printing enables workers to correctly label products and pallets without wasting time walking to and from printer stations. These types of optimizations ensure immediate action and accurate data from the start, safeguarding your downstream workflows as well as driving quality control and vendor compliance.

Picking

Picking is by far the most labor-intensive process in the DC and also the most error prone – which makes it an ideal workflow for operational improvements. As e-commerce becomes the norm and enterprises adopt multi-channel fulfillment practices, picking operations to need the flexibility to both ship pallets to a retail store and ship individual items directly to a consumer’s doorstep. For fast-moving pallet picking, our industry-leading vehicle-mounted computers eliminate the root causes of inefficiency with large screens, powerful processors, and numerous industry-first innovations devised specifically for the DC. Likewise, for rapid case picking and/or piece picking, Our technologies seamlessly incorporate Vocollect Voice solutions, which is proven to dramatically improve productivity with unbeatable hands-free, eyes-free speed and accuracy.

Putaway & Replenishment

A warehouse pallet’s initial location influences all the processes that follow. A Warehouse Management System’s (WMS) algorithms for putaway and replenishment can only ensure location accuracy if the operator has the tools to accurately confirm the transaction by rapidly scanning a location label or speaking a check digit for the rack or floor location.

AB&R® technology is specifically designed to drive speed and accuracy in this process with features such as aggressive scanning performance at virtually any DC distance and fully mappable device keypads. Even when a transaction requires an operator to change forklifts, Vehicle-mount computers can be hot-swapped alongside the worker, ensuring that every second count. Voice technologies accelerate performance with unmatched speech-recognition accuracy in noisy environments.

Receiving, Picking, Putaway, Inventory Control, Packing & Shipping
Receiving, Picking, Putaway, Inventory Control, Packing & Shipping

Inventory Control

Inventory-control practices throughout the distribution center are vital to the accuracy of the overall inventory, which is monitored closely by auditors. By using mobile computers and/or voice solutions to access inventory systems and perform counts, workers can conduct an inventory in real-time, eliminating the notoriously costly efforts and errors of periodic manual counts that are conducted via time-consuming paper and data-entry processes.

Packing & Shipping

Packing stations and pallet-build areas require speed and precision to complete and ship orders. Desk space must be optimized, and scanning technology must be responsive, accurate, and ergonomic so that workers see these tools as essential, and not a hindrance to the process. Thanks to many years of experience in DC deployments, our scanning solutions for the DC are proven to meet and exceed all these requirements, driving superb user acceptance and performance. Furthermore, voice solutions enable workers to operate both hands-free and eyes-free, ensuring that associated tasks such as relabeling, repacking, and taping are completed more quickly and intuitively than with any other technology option.

Receiving, Picking, Putaway, Inventory Control, Packing & Shipping

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AB&R®’s Solution Process

Site Survey & SRDS

Phase I

In Phase I, AB&R® experts analyze your operation and environment to begin developing a solution. It starts with a site survey which allows our team to understand exactly where your pain points lie. Once the site survey is complete, we move into the System Requirement & Design Study (SRDS). During the SRDS our technical team will determine exactly what hardware and software work best in your environment. In this sample SRDS, we examine a proposed solution for a company that wants to better track their fabrication employee’s progress. The current system has them manually entering updates.

Pilot

Phase II

Once all the data is gathered from Phase I, the pilot phase can begin. At this point, our team of engineers will begin placing and testing equipment. As the solution is tested, more data accumulates, and our team will make the adjustments to achieve the expected outcome.

Implementation

Phase III

The problem has been assessed, a solution has been developed, and rigorously tested. We are ready for Phase III, full implementation. This includes installing all of the hardware, wiring, software, and training your team to comfortably handle all of the new tools they’ll be using on a regular basis. AB&R® provides future follow up strategies to validate the performance of the solution and evaluation of ROI.

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