September 3, 2017

IoT in Warehousing and Inventory Management

IoT can be deployed in warehouses, distribution facilities and point of sales to collect data. This data when combined with data collected from third party supply chain partners may unveil heaps of invaluable information such as product logistics visibility of forward and reverse flow of goods across the supply chain, consumer preference, buying behavior and consumption pattern.

Below are some of the use cases that Warehousing industry c

an take advantage of:

  • Smart Temperature and Air quality control systems
  • Mitigating risks related to safety and health hazard
  • Mitigating risks related to warehousing of hazardous products
  • Controlling risks related to hazardous waste
  • Controlling risks related to harmful radiations
  • Preventing the leakage of harmful gases and liquids while in storage
  • Predictive maintenance to reduce failure of warehouse equipment such as various industrial lifts, lift trucks and pallet trucks
  • Inventory management and tracking using RFID
  • Packaging, transportation and shipping management
  • Warehousing resource allocation and shared cost reduction by sharing data with supply chain partners
  • Internet-connected trackers use long-range networks or Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) to let companies track specific items throughout their delivery journeys
  • Satellite trackers provide location data on an item almost anywhere on the planet, even in areas that do not have cellular coverage
  • Bluetooth tags and beacons offer tracking data in smaller, more confined areas, and companies most often use them in retail stores to monitor customer traffic and offer marketing messages to said customers
  • Near-field communication (NFC) tags, based on RFID standards, allow workers to use their mobile devices as readers for the NFC tags, which provides an advantage over RFID tags and readers