Fast shipping is an expectation these days and most consumers are not willing to wait more than a few days for a product, so long shipping times can lose you a lot of sales. Even if you promise fast shipping, you still have to make sure that you deliver on that promise and if you can’t, you’ll have some bad reviews on your website and a customer that never uses you again.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can get in the way and slow shipping times down, especially when shipping products internationally. On a more positive note, there are plenty of simple things you can do to improve shipping speeds but the best place to start is with your picking and packing process.
The faster you can pick products and get them loaded onto delivery vehicles, the quicker you can get them out to customers. Accuracy is key too because people will be very upset if they open their package to find that you’ve sent them the wrong product. Luckily, these tech solutions can help you improve your picking and packing systems.
Robot Pick And Place Arms
Manually picking items is incredibly time-consuming and expensive because you have to cover the cost of employee salaries. Human error is a big issue too, but you can solve that by using robot pick and place arms. These amazing pieces of technology can automatically pick and move products and they are able to handle up to 200 products a minute, which is way faster than any human can go. Using advanced AI systems, they are able to accurately pick items out of bins with multiple products in.
These systems can also be used for large items, like pallets. A robotic arm that uses a series of vacuum generators is able to pick and load items onto a pallet ready for delivery. By using a robot pick and place arm, you can drastically speed up the picking process and eliminate any errors.
Inventory Management Systems
Keeping track of your stock is vital, especially if you have a large product range. The last thing you want is to accept an order, only to realize that you don’t have any stock left. If that happens, you are forced to let the customer down or delay their delivery, neither of which is a good option. But you can avoid that and stay on top of your stock if you invest in some inventory management software.
Automatic Data Capture Systems
It’s a lot easier to keep track of inventory and avoid errors if you use an automatic data capture system. These systems will automatically scan items as they are picked and upload the data to your inventory management software. This helps with accurate data collection so you can avoid any stock inconsistencies further down the line. The two main options for automatic data collection are barcode scanners and RFID chips.
By investing in these tech solutions, you can speed up your picking and packing process and get products out to customers in a timely manner.