Introducing Android Barcode Scanning For Your Warehouse

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Introducing Android Barcode Scanning For Your Warehouse

PUBLISHED 14 APRIL 2022

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Introducing Android Barcode Scanning for Your Warehouse

At Clydebuilt Business Solutions we pride ourselves on always looking to fully commit to any projects we undertake and do things properly. We will never release a product prematurely, ahead of it being ready, and our customers will only ever receive software when we are convinced that it meets both ours and their own high standards.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce that we have reached a further milestone in our product development, one that we have been actively working on for quite a while now in a bid to reach the levels that we constantly strive for. For many years our partners and their clients have used our Barcode Scanning Processes alongside the LocateIT WMS with a variety of different Operating Systems and devices. Most recently they have been using Windows Mobile and CE devices with the very highest degree of customer satisfaction consistently reported, helped by stock accuracies of up to 99.998% and the complete removal of manual data entry.

However, as with all industries, Logistics must move with the times and with Microsoft no longer actively supporting these Operating Systems, meaning that there will no longer be updates, fixes and security patches, we have been actively working on the next generation of our acclaimed scanning software. While we, as a service provider, will still provide support and updates for our existing client base for the products they have with us, we are now offering the opportunity to switch to a new platform, offering the ability to future proof your business, and seamlessly upgrade your system as the new and the old can be fully integrated to provide a more gradual change.

What we are talking about here is the chance to switch to our newest Android devices, a product that is already fully functioning in some of our customers’ UK Warehouses as you read this. Android is currently used by billions of people across the globe, on smartphones, tablets and many other mobile devices, it is the operating system that the majority of warehouse operatives will be most familiar with already; this makes it the obvious choice to install in your facility, given the lower cost of training that will be involved, not to mention its more modern and advanced capabilities.

This ease of use and familiarity will not only lead to a stress-free transition, but it will enhance productivity, while the wider range of available devices will allow you to tailor your hardware purchases to meet the particular requirements of your users. And it will also allow for a more secure warehouse environment, with regular updates and security patches that will be missed with the discontinuation of Microsoft’s support of the existing Windows Mobile devices.

As was previously mentioned, the changeover to Android need not be a headache, the processes are capable of running alongside our existing products, and if it’s a brand-new installation then our comprehensive training will have you up and running in no time. If you already have our scanning software then you should be able to adapt to the new processes in an instant, and you will notice that all the same familiar items are available and the menus will list the expected ‘Goods In’, ‘Put Away’, ‘Move’, ‘Pick’, etc, etc.

We feel that this is a step forward that all our customers, both existing and new, should be looking to make, and Clydebuilt will support you fully as you do. The new scanning software will not only allow you to carry on from where you are, with minimal disruption, but it will greatly benefit your warehouse and staff both immediately and in the future. So, should you wish to find out more about this exciting new product, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0141 847 1920 or contact us via email here.

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WHY DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? PART IV

WHY DO YOU reALLy NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

PART IV

PUBLISHED 1 APRIL 2022

SECURING THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS

As we all try to recover from the last couple of years, and forge into the future, more and more companies are investing in good software systems to drive their company forward – including your customers! And it is those customers who will expect complete integration between your businesses, that you will have suitably advanced IT capabilities, particularly in these days of increased remote and home working.

Despite perhaps what can be seen as uncertain pressures relating to the current global situation, in a number of aspects, it has been reported that a majority of those in Logistics and the Supply Chain are still expecting to see an increase in technology investment in the near future. The main concern for the majority of companies looking to invest in technologies, however, is finding solutions that provide a clear and immediate return on that investment, with slightly less focusing on putting finance towards a system that will allow for future growth.

The implementation of a Warehouse Management System pays for itself within a matter of months, of course, by reducing your on-going operational costs, as was highlighted in the previous parts of this article. It also provides a good basis for facilitating future growth, by improving your internal efficiencies and allowing for more work to be completed within the same timeframe.

Your manual warehouse may have been working without any issues for years, you aren’t aware of any immediate problems, and purchasing a WMS may seem like a massive investment that simply isn’t worth it to you right now. But say your highest value customer decides that they would like to send you files electronically, and they would also like an electronic file sent back, and on realising that you can’t support this functionality they decide to look elsewhere for a provider.

Where would this above scenario leave your business? In most cases the realisation that a forward-thinking investment a few months ago would have solved all your problems is a realisation that is, unfortunately, just too late. With the LocateIT Warehouse Management System from Clydebuilt Business Solutions, and the communication potential that it provides, however, you need never worry about being left behind.

Coming Soon: Points to consider when selecting a WMS


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WHY DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? PART III

WHY DO YOU reALLy NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

PART III

PUBLISHED 25 MARCH 2022

GETTING IT RIGHT EVERY TIME!

Getting something wrong is never a pleasant experience, but in a business environment the results can have a devastating impact that is amplified greatly. As well as dealing with your own disappointment, there are also customers who require answers! Clients are often particularly quick to notify suppliers when something has gone wrong, whether it be overcharging, incorrect items being despatched, or goods going to the wrong recipient. Regardless of what the nature of the discrepancy is, it is not in your best interests to have disgruntled customers.

Accuracy is expected as standard in the logistics industry, as customers are paying for that as part of a service. A few slip-ups here and there will usually be accepted, but wouldn’t it be great if you could increase your accuracy and provide the highest level of performance that could translate to only 3 errors in 1,000?

“Customer Relationship Management” is a broad term that opens up a whole can of worms, with the buck not stopping at improved accuracy – something that is expected as standard. Here are a few points, however, that do equate to Best Practice CRM:

  • Joint business reviews with a dedicated account manager
  • Senior management involvement where applicable
  • Accessibility and Responsiveness from supplier
  • Integration of specialist resources
  • Proactive implementation of “value added” services

Although the first couple of points are “soft” issues that are easy to understand, implement and maintain, they should not be overlooked as they play a massive part in making your client feel valued. If you can make each customer believe that they are your priority then you are off to a good start.

A Warehouse Management System will help you deliver on the remaining points, building a rounded basis for sound business relationships. Historical data relating to customer transactions and stock, and within the restrictions of current data protection laws, is kept within a WMS and can be generally accessed on demand, often in the format of choice. This eliminates the time, hassle, and headache of having to answer ad hoc customer queries in a manual environment.

Furthermore, value can be added to your customers by offering automatic reports detailing the business information they require, by email or whatever form of electronic transfer they may prefer. A WMS makes these types of transactions common practice, and once you have defined the frequency, contents, and format, no additional work will be required.

Remote access and real-time scanning further enhance a WMS by providing a means to automatically update systems as and when transactions are completed, improve accuracy to those higher levels, and immediately share this information with those who need to know.

It is maintaining this relationship through the use of a WMS, providing the information customers’ want, linking with their systems, and having good communications and visibility that will allow you to keep them, and in the position where they won’t even want to consider taking their business away.

Next: Part IV – Securing the Future of Your Business


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WHY DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? PART II

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WHY DO YOU reALLy NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

PART II

PUBLISHED 17 MARCH 2022

IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

Following on from the initial blog post’s mention that a WMS can improve “productivity”, it can often be said that the whole warehouse and logistical environment in an organisation is found to be ripe for gains in this area. Manual or semi-manual systems are inefficient and costly, involving, by definition, staff creating and managing high amounts of paperwork and increased volumes leading to more staff and system pressures.

Indeed, there is a rule in operations management that any system will get diminishing returns as throughput reaches above the 70 per cent theoretical maximum, with problems occurring and costs increasing even more as that then rises above 85 per cent. These issues can lead to stock-outs, time wasted finding stock, picking inefficiencies, delivery failures, system non-compliance and paperwork failure; all of these are detrimental to customer service compliance, which can then lead to financial compensation penalties.

Of course, individual cases may have differing lead issues, but, in general, the time saving element is often said to be the biggest benefit gained from implementing an effective Warehouse Management System. By saving time in operational activity, greater attention can then be given to more productive tasks, ultimately resulting in extra throughput being possible with existing working hours. This then leads to value in two main ways:

  1. In a static situation, you will be able to get through the same work load as before in less time, freeing up hours for additional work. With extra efficiency and more varied work this can also lead to greater staff satisfaction.
  2. In an expanding situation, having tasks completed quicker, and physical capacity permitting, can lead to increased stock going through the warehouse. More business equals more billing!

Unless your storage space is totally automated and “dark”, all warehouse related tasks involve some investment of time. However, there are certain complex, time-consuming tasks that will be made easier with a reliable WMS in place:

  • Administrative paperwork associated with customer receipts and orders, including load manifests, stock reports and invoicing (especially in a 3PL environment) are easier to access and can even be made fully electronic.
  • Observing and controlling management information relating to stock, e.g. monitoring returns, stock discrepancies, quality control, tracking of hazardous materials, lot and batch numbers, etc, etc.
  • Space utilisation and tasks associated with maximising your space can benefit from stock put-away processes where sensible suggested locations can add significant benefits to the speed of your order picking and pick-face replenishment.

A WMS will certainly cater for all of the above demands with minimum effort, with the obvious exception of the physical side of tasks such as putting stock away and picking, allowing you to set parameters to tailor the software to your needs. It is also fair to say that having these tasks completed automatically without any complex calculations or spreadsheet work definitely saves you time, and perhaps even a headache!

Introducing a system in to your operation can remove the full-time management of paperwork, even allowing the opportunity for working remotely and allowing customers to access electronic data on-demand. With paperwork removed, certain aspects of the system administration can be moved to the warehouse floor itself and we can then talk of introducing wireless operations and scanning and staff updating the WMS as and when they perform the physical processes themselves.

Next: Part III – Getting it right every time!


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WHY DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM? PART I

WHY DO YOU reALLy NEED TO CONSIDER A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

PART I

PUBLISHED 11 MARCH 2022

Times have changed, of that there can be no doubt, and working from home, flexible hybrid arrangements, and remote connectivity are all now commonplace. All industries have had to change how they work and never has a reliable warehouse management system been more essential than it is now.

Trade journals and websites have been publishing stories of Logistics companies showcasing their new successful software installations for many years now. You need only look at our own case studies for some fine examples. However, it is fair to say that not all in logistics are using appropriate software solutions, even today, with some preferring the “old methods” and having a particular view point of not wanting to rely on computer systems as “they could fail”.

It is no surprise that as more advanced technologies are becoming available, the use of the WMS has become standard practice and it is really past the time for everyone to make the move and not be left in the dark.

All WMS vendors make bold statements regarding “improved efficiencies”, “reduced costs”, and “an increase to your bottom line”. Clydebuilt Business Solutions are no different in making these claims, and in this series of blogs, we will look at this and assess just how much benefit might be gained from software implementation and how it can help you adapt to the “new” world we now inhabit.

There are many benefits that can be detailed, but three major positives can be summarised as:

  • Being able to differentiate yourself from competitors by taking the initiative in presenting the latest opportunities in technology to your customer, rather than have them imposing it upon you. Having a seamless, and hassle-free, link between systems will solidify your customer relationships and make them more inclined to stay aboard for the long-term.
  • You have the opportunity to achieve greater logistical productivity, and flexibility, by enabling your existing resources, particularly personnel, to handle greater throughput, while also allowing the level of output to meet the desired levels not only in traditional ways, but also remotely, from anywhere, and on the move!
  • The third major benefit is that by installing such a system you are staying ahead of the game and putting yourself in the position where you can offer attractive services to potential new added value customers. If you don’t install, the fear is that others will, and once you are behind you will find it even harder to catch up.

Next: Part II – Improving Productivity.


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