Warehouse Stuck in the Neolithic Age? 4 Ways to Automate Your Facility

When it comes to the warehouse industry, the future is automation. This involves several components that all work together in order to get the task done. Here are some of the ways that you can automate your facility and bring it into the next century. 

Cartonization 

Through the use of technology, you can save some money on your shipping costs by employing cartonization methods. This is where the size and number of boxes are calculated in the most efficient manner possible to get the order out the door. Automation has made this task a little bit easier because your employees don’t have to spend time trying to get all of your customer orders packaged into boxes safely for shipment. 

Robotic Technology 

Another advantage when it comes to automation is through the use of robots.There are any number of robotic technologies that can used across a variety of different types of manufacturing fields. For example, robotic arms can be used to remove and stock whole pallets or individual items on a shelving system in your warehouse. This may eliminate some of the concerns that are more prevalent when it comes to workplace injuries that could occur. 

Automatic Pallet Wrapping 

It may take two employees for you to be able wrap up your pallets for shipping without the use of technology. Automatic pallet wrapping systems are available for you to purchase from companies like Fox Packaging Services. The point of many these machines is that your employees only need to position the pallet and then push a button in order to have it done in the most efficient manner possible. This will prevent the loss of products during the shipping process. 

Automated Labeling Systems 

Labeling all of your products can be a tedious process. It can also lead to mistakes if you have a person completing this task. Using an automated printing and label applying machine ensures that the label is done correctly and applied in the correct location all of the time. It allows your employees to focus on the more important tasks when it comes to running your warehouse. More quality control steps can be taken to ensure that your products are the best on the market. 

There are advantages when it comes to the use of technology in manufacturing and warehouses. More automation often leads to higher-skilled labor who can work to refine the process further. Consider these reasons when it comes to the benefits of upgrading your facility.

Guest author, Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.  @LizzieWeakley

Plug The Leak In Your Marketing Funnel

You can lose customers in the marketing funnel. It happens all the time. They’re trickling towards the point of purchase when suddenly they back out and they might even decide to buy from your competition instead. What’s gone wrong? Well, there are a number of issues that can lead to a customer deciding not to buy from your business. Let’s look at a few.

They Checked Out Customer Reviews

Most customers these days will check the reviews of a business before they commit to buying a product. They want to have the safety of numbers and feel reassured when they see that other people have favorable reviews of your business. But what happens if they find that there are a lot of one or two-star company reviews. Depending on what they say, this could be enough to stop a customer buying altogether. Bear in mind that it doesn’t even matter if most of the reviews are favorable. Just a few will be enough to make them stop and question whether they should buy.

The best way to deal with bad reviews? Well, don’t ignore them. Instead, respond politely and calmly, and this will show that you are at least willing to address customer complaints.

There Was A Minor Issue You Weren’t Aware Of

It is possible that a minor problem with your site could lead to customers not completing a purchase. Even the smallest detail can be enough to put buyers off completely. This could be a picture that you’ve chosen to use on your site or even the color of a buy button. This is why web designers are often meticulous and will take care to make sure that every choice for your site design is perfect. If you are having trouble with losing customers and you’re not sure why there’s a failure to convert them, you need to look into A-B testing.

Your Products Didn’t Look Professional

You do need to work to ensure that your products do look professional. If in doubt, hire an expert photographer to make sure that the items do look appealing. Labeling systems can also make sure that the outer packaging of the product in pictures is impressive. Apple is a great example of a company that does this well. Their packaging is almost as stylish as the products they sell.

You Made It Hard To Buy

Finally, make it as easy as possible for customers to complete a purchase. They shouldn’t have to search for the buy button. Nor, should they need to navigate through multiple pages to complete a purchase. It should all be quick and easy. One of the best ways to do this is to have a secure ID system. That way, your customers can log into their account on your site and buy without any issue whatsoever.

This perhaps brings us to another problem that can cause customers to click away and disappear out of the marketing funnel. If you are worried about the level of security on your site, using an expert service to increase it. There are various types of security that you can add to your site from basic layers on your website to more in depth monitoring options.