The next generation of label management solutions gives many small to mid-size businesses a strong opportunity to improve agility, boost productivity, speed delivery and lower costs. Small and mid-size businesses that remain nimble can outpace the competition in today’s fast-evolving marketplace when it comes to warehouse and supply chain operations. Advancements in labeling technology and techniques proves there’s no better time than now to start rethinking warehouse operations and capitalizing on technology to improve efficiency.
Modern label management solutions enable organizations to consolidate and automate redundant label development and maintenance tasks. And, since barcode labels play essential roles in supply chain operations, making the most of advanced mobile printers and strategically located stationary printers can help small and medium-size businesses strengthen their competitive edge.
To optimize your supply chain, look at exploring opportunities in:
- Receiving – Applying barcode or RFID labels as soon as inbound items arrive ensures they can be accurately unloaded, checked-in, put away or handled by automated applications.
- Picking – Generating barcode or RFID labels for each item picked allows them to be scanned right in the staging or packaging area, then quickly and easily sorted for shipment.
- Packing and shipping – Creating new labels to identify finished goods is a vital task for workers who are kitting, completing light assembly or packaging items. In addition, ship-to-order applications can incorporate customer-specific labeling, scanning to fulfill orders and creating of accurate shipping labels.
- Cross docking – Already mandatory in some food sectors, cross docking is also gaining popularity for other time-sensitive merchandise. Mobile printing technology enables warehouse workers to literally jump inside trucks at the in-bound dock and start relabeling for store or customer delivery, increasing last mile delivery efficiency.
Small and mid-size businesses are continually looking deeper into their operations and farther across their supply chains for opportunities to become more efficient. Often, they need to look no farther than their labeling processes for opportunities to improve responsiveness and reduce costs. This white paper will identify the hidden costs, inefficiencies, and risks resulting from legacy operations and explain why a modern label management platform is well suited to current enterprise needs.