08 Feb All About Cold-Storage Warehouses

Cold-storage warehouses are an important part of the economy. And the need for cold-storage warehouses is increasing by the day. This is not only because of improved trade relations among countries but also because of the sudden surge of the e-commerce sector now venturing into the groceries sector too. So what are the things you need to know about cold-storage warehouses? Let's take you through:

What is a cold-storage warehouse: A cold storage warehouse is also commonly known as ‘cold room,' and the fact that it is cold 24/7 365 days of the year justifies its name! The temperature in these warehouses is continually minimal and can be adjusted as per requirement of goods being stored here. The technology used in cold storage rooms permits the changes in temperatures to be monitored closely and be changed as and when required.

 

What is stored in these warehouses: A variety of industries make use of the cold storage warehouses, but no industry requires this facility as much a the food industry does! That's because the products of this industry are perishable. Secondly, these warehouses are perfect for storing fruits and vegetables too. Seafood too finds it's place in cold-storage warehouses. The pharma industry makes use of cold-storage warehouses too. All kind of perishable items maintain their freshness and quality when stored in these warehouses, making sure the customers get the products as they were dispatched.

Benefits of cold-storage warehouses: These warehouses come extremely handy as they have the capacity to store a variety of products at once, under the same roof. So no matter what the product is, even if the temperature requirements vary, the cold-storage technology is fully equipped to be adjusted according to the varying requirements.

  1. Not only this, but the cold storage is customizable as per required size too. This makes this storage system more accessible, as it can cater to a variety of industries – big and small as per their scale of operation.
  2. Cold-storage warehouses are back-up inventory houses for industries whose primary products are perishable in nature.
  3. The fact that it is because of these warehouses that customers are able to enjoy perishable products nice and fresh cannot be overlooked at all. After all, it's for the customers that such services are of great use.
  4. Considering the benefits of cold-storage warehouses, we can definitely say that they're an essential aspect of the economy.

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07 Feb Common warehouses problems and how to solve them

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Narrow Aisles When the warehouse is designed and stocks goods in such a manner providing for narrow aisles and passages between different rows is a serious issue as it can hinder optimum performance by slowing down operations and being prone to accidents. However, there are solutions to such a problem. Availing specific forklifts capable of moving and operating through narrow passages are effective in reducing accidents and improving stock navigation. High elevation Since warehouses stock their goods in rows and series on top of each other, it often requires workers and employees to work in such high elevations without sufficient heightened platforms. The issue can be redressed easily by introducing personal lifts in the warehouse which enable the worker to work at such heightened elevations with comfort. Examples of such personal lifts are scissor lifts and telescoping lifts. Higher reach It is often observed that when critical orders come and require retrieval of certain specific stock kept in hard to reach corners of the warehouse, can cause quite an inconvenience especially due to lack of reach. Installing appropriate middle level and high-level order picker can effectively help the operator in the warehouse pick orders out of reach with relative ease. Labor intensive Employees are assigned numerous tasks and need to transport stock from one point to another manually, costing a lot of their time. Such valuable time can be saved by integrating automated stock transportation facilities such as motorized carts which only require the employee to load the stock and enhance performance. Battery change All the essential machinery such as forklifts and handling machinery will require frequent replacement of batteries to get it up and running again. This can become a headache due to its recurring nature. However, such minor issues can be relieved by replacing traditional lithium-ion batteries with better performance and longer life lead-acid batteries. Although these batteries are a bit more expensive in comparison, they make up such costs in the long run and require very to no maintenance. Expensive refueling Every warehouse management is concerned about spending large amounts of money in filling and charging its vehicles. This no longer may be an issue as with the advancements in technology, replacing typical sources with hydrogen can cut down costs and enhance performance significantly. Leveraging automation With the rise in automation today, warehouse owners regardless of smooth operations now are worried about not taking advantage of automation technology in warehouses. This is a genuine query, as such owners should. Warehouse owners should integrate smart robots in the warehouse. Such robotics are capable of analyzing the warehouse, identifying flaws and making solutions to redress it. Such technology can help drivers with more precise drop details and even capable of self-driving trucks.  

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01 Feb Reasons For The Boom In The Warehouse Industry

  Since quite a long time, warehousing was an important collateral service which made the functioning of businesses a lot more efficient and quicker. But in the current day and age, the importance of warehousing has boomed, to the extent that companies are now finding more and more spaces to fulfil their warehousing needs. But why this sudden increase in the requirement of warehouses? What changes in the economy have to lead to this boom in the warehousing sector? Let's have a look: Fast-paced growth of the e-commerce sector: The e-commerce industry cannot function at all without an effective web of warehouses functioning under them. The warehousing sector has got this new elevated position in the economy, and the sudden spurt of the e-commerce industry is mainly responsible for this. And everyone wants their ordered products delivered as soon as possible – and a  well-structured and monitored chain of warehouses is what ensures quick delivery. We can put it in this way – warehousing is the backbone of the e-commerce industry. Connect to rural areas: Along with the increase in the need for warehouses in urban areas, there's this increasing need for warehouses to spread in rural areas too. This again is because of the widespread reach of not only e-commerce giants but also of the growing requirements of rural areas in terms of business opportunities. The proper network of the warehouses ensures quick deliveries in the remotest regions across the world. This has significantly improved connectivity to rural areas. Increase in competition: The e-giants are all competing against each other to increase their reach – the best one is the one who can reach even the most remote of areas. Also, quick delivery is what all these e-commerce giants are promising, so they have an onus of delivering what they've promised. This increase in competition amongst each other has lead to them establishing warehouses in the most remote areas. Customers requirements: Millennials are the ones who have fully fuelled the e-commerce industry by entirely resorting to e-commerce for almost all their needs. This is precisely what both e-commerce big shots and corresponding warehousing agencies are capitalizing upon. Farther the reach faster and better the delivery services – and this leads to happy customers! The requirements of customers is another reason why the warehousing industry is fast spreading and growing.

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07 Jan Reasons why a warehouse management system is imperative

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Inventory control and management WMS or warehouse management system is crucial in establishing optimum inventory levels and management by effectively decreasing order time and enhancing order fulfillment. WMS helps operators and management keep a close check on falling inventory, time for reloading of stock, real-time information about inventory orders correlating to stock levels and details about every stock unit present in the warehouse thus improving inventory accuracy. Customer service and tracking WMS enhances the customer experience by issuing desired and said ordered product to the customers on the proclaimed period without any delay. A warehouse management system is crucial in improving customer services, and satisfaction as the inventory of the ordered products must be ready. Moreover, such management system helps accurately guide, organize and track shipments by integrating automation services.  Such automation enables accurate feedback, shipment routes and provides real-time tracking details of the product thus decreasing unnecessary customer queries about the order. Company productivity Determining the right warehouse management system can for a fact significantly enhance company productivity figures of the chart. How? Integrating such valuable management system not only brings in additional and essential capabilities of order accuracy, consistency, efficiency and effective management. Introducing such capabilities decrease order time, enhance maximum functionality of the warehouse; improve worker performance, order accuracy and delivery of ordered products on promised dates. Return on investment Adopting the correct warehouse management system can make all the difference in profits. The right WMS can increase profits of the company and return on investment by delivering ordered products on time to customers and improving their satisfaction, often enabling more and more purchases. Moreover, an apt WMS empowers the warehouse to sell more stock at a faster pace with more precision accompanied by minimal chances of error from workers. Since the customers are happy on their end, it reduces customer inquiries and calls to support centers. ERP integration Another reason as to why a warehouse management system is essential is its versatile nature to adapt to any situation of the business. This means that an apt WMS will merely integrate itself with existing business management systems instead of duplicating and starting from scratch, thus saving time, effort and money. Meet and exceed compliance regulations A WMS enables businesses to operate effectively among its competitors within the rules of the supply chain industry. How? All is possible through its advanced capabilities of providing real-time information, recording data, integrating effective automation techniques and finding out solutions to issues faced.

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