Warehouse efficiency has always been an integral part of business systems. As costs and competition increase and profit margins decrease, this efficiency has become essential for the continuation of a company's existence.
Methods of efficiency will eliminate unnecessary procedures as well as implement error reducing technology. Without warehouse efficiency measures the workforce must be increased exponentially to meet the constantly escalating demand for service.
A "Lights Out Warehousing" system is a totally automated process with few human workers. The lean plant operations approach is phased in automation over a period of time. Jeff Christensen, vp of product at Seegrid, believes introducing a product such as self-driving vehicles is a low impact step in the automation process.
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