Fulfilling customer orders quickly and accurately is the primary objective for most 3PLs and warehouses. In order to accomplish this goal, inventory put-away processes need to be precise and exact. Like most other warehouse processes, inventory put-away is expected to be completed as quickly as possible to ensure palleted goods do not pile up in receiving docks. And without computer vision enabled put-away verification, expediting inventory placement without location verification can result in pallets being delivered to the wrong area causing them to be lost and unavailable for fulfillment. Mistakes like this are common and negatively impact downstream warehouse processes. Poor put-away practices increase time spent looking for goods, resulting in delayed orders and inventory write-offs.
Most inventory “put” processes in warehouses require associates to use handheld barcode readers to manually scan item and location codes; this process not only imposes an overhead on labor productivity it also invariably introduces verification errors in put-away locations. These errors are a major contributor to lowering inventory accuracy across the warehouse.
Put-Away Verification Implementation
Vimaan addresses these put-away reporting challenges and automates put-away verification with PickTRACK, a suite of sensors and cameras that are configured to fit on existing forklifts and other material handling equipment. PickTRACK put-away verification capabilities deliver three distinct advantages to 3PLs, warehouses and brands:
During the automated put-away process as the MHE approaches a pallet, PickTRACK automatically detects and reads the pallet labels. The drivers then proceed to their put-away missions as normal. PickTRACK sensors that are fitted on the MHE automatically track its motion and location through the warehouse. When the driver puts away a pallet, PickTRACK automatically detects the put event and also records the location.
It is important to note that NO change to the normal workflow is required. If put away is done on an MHE, the driver simply picks up the pallet and drives to the directed location to put away the item. PickTRACK automatically updates the WMS when the put occurs.
Because MHE location can also be tracked like a GPS for your car, warehouses that use PickTRACK become much more efficient in planning, routing, and optimizing the path of placing and picking goods throughout their facilities.
Put-Away Verification Capabilities and Metrics
Inventory Put-Away Planning
Label Data Capture and Goods Validation
Put-Away Tracking and Performance Optimization
This enables significant cost savings through lower labor requirements, while making the process of inventory put-away faster with higher quality results.
All VIMAAN solutions transmit scanned inventory data to the ViewDECK web application for near real-time analysis. ViewDECK is an intuitive tool that allows you to easily search. All ViewDECK data is automatically transmitted to your WMS; ensuring you have the most up to date view of your inventory. Learn more about inventory visualization with ViewDECK.
Inventory accuracy is a challenge in almost every warehouse we walk into, and the reasons behind the inaccuracies vary. Understanding the truth behind your inventory involves not just cycle counting of stored inventory, but also accurate tracking of inventory movement including pick and put-away verifications all while reconciling it in near real time against your WMS.