The Route to Smart Warehousing — and Why IoT Matters

ANDREI KLUBNIKIN | November 28, 2018

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Meeting ever-shifting customer expectations is the only way to succeed in the digital era — especially if your company deals with direct sales, has extensive warehouse facilities, or is involved in the delivery process. According to Zebra Technologies, 52 percent of warehouse executives plan to increase technology investments in the near future, in order to streamline goods delivery and achieve supply-chain transparency. Main expenditures will include a migration to modern warehouse management systems (WMS), implementation of real-time inventory tracking solutions and barcode scanners, and internet of things (IoT) devices such as wearables, drones and robotic packaging equipment. The IoT — a network of devices which “converse” with each other, collect data using sensors, and pass it to cloud and on-premises servers for further analysis — is widely viewed as the cornerstone of the Warehouse 4.0 concept.

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