What is Warehousing 4.0 in Logistics and future of Smart Warehouses

The warehouse is an important part of sales, marketing, mostly logistics, and supply chain. They are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, and various other delivery companies. Warehouses have a place called a loading dock where loading and unloading of items and logistics are done with proper care and safety measures so that none of the products get destroyed. Some warehouses are built near seaports, airports, or railway stations so that products can be transported easily that are either coming on cargo ships, cargo planes, or goods trains.

Presently, it’s the era of Warehouse 4.0 where smart automated warehouses are built using the most advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things which is basically the use of sensors, computer vision where the primary function is to scan images and recognize barcodes and QR Codes automatically, artificial intelligence (AI) which will manage the movement of products in the warehouse, robots, and high-level computing will help to manage the data of the products that will be stored during the logistics process. The use of these technologies has made the warehouses smart and an essential component of the Digitized Supply Chain.

The warehouse is one of the major components of the digitized supply chain. The warehouse becomes a strategic tool in how companies operate and manage it efficiently. Thereby, generating value for their customers as well as profit for the company. The primary objective is to improve the efficiency and safety of product movements through the smart automation of the warehouse virtually. Warehouse 4.0 will change the scenario of our current labour-intensive work culture in a warehouse.

The transformation and renovation of the old school warehouse to Warehouse 4.0 of the future begins with inbound logistics. The delivery trucks on the way to the warehouse will communicate their live position status and arrival time to the intelligent warehouse management system which will be an AI program, which will process and prepare a docking slot for the truck, depending on the time and sequence of delivery schedule.

Advanced sensors will keep a track of the products which have been delivered, and send the live status and position to the entire supply chain management and authority. The supply chain management system will automatically allot storage space for the product as per the sequence of the delivery, and appoint the appropriate autonomous equipment to move the product to the right locations efficiently with proper care and safety.

The Warehouse 4.0 will be installed with great responsive and advanced software that will keep a track record of all the movement inside and outside the warehouse, through the use of sensors embedded in the goods and the warehouse itself. Database Engineers, Software Development Engineers, and Data analysts will be deployed who will be keeping a record for the proper functioning of the software and proper storage of data in the database. Workmen will also be appointed who will monitor the proper movement of products inside the warehouse. Later on, the system will be deployed with advanced technologies like flying drones to keep a record of the inventory, regular assessment of the products and goods through sensor data, and mapping the entire facility or warehouse for faster and efficient services.

There is a chronology in operational steps provide a logical flow to rating the effectiveness of current technology so that each step can work efficiently in the manner –

RECEIVING â€“ This includes the supply of products. The capacity and resources for products incoming need to be ensured in synchronization with warehousing. The schedules should be well taken care of and manufacturing needs should be well monitored by the sensors, the dock scheduling must be efficient with proper appointments in a sequential manner. Pre-planning for receiving the supply is a mandatory action in Warehouse 4.0.

STOCKING  – The products received after the receiving process must then safely and efficiently follow a proper rapid movement to designated storage locations. A proper storage management system should be designed for minimizing the travel and equipment use and recognizing specific quality requirements to save energy and time. This will certainly decrease many stocks piling up at the same time.

STORAGE– The locations in the Warehouse are designed based on material specifications. The Warehouses should have enough capacity and facilities to cater to the needs of storing the various kinds of items that will be coming for the storage. Proper means should be adopted by the warehouses so that there are such physical or chemical destructions of any products.

PICKING  – Proper QR code on the surface of the box containing all the information which provides clear material identification and picking instructions with minimal travel time, appropriate support equipment available, insert and place materials in their appropriate loading trucks as per the information available.

SHIPPING  – One of the most crucial parts of the supply chain. Fortunately, digitization has made the shipping process much easier, efficient, and faster. The boost in the speed has enabled the delivery time to be lessened by a huge amount. This will reduce the delay for all the customers who want faster delivery of products.

Fortunately, AWL India has met all the above-mentioned criteria and is providing a variety of products to their customers inside and outside India. These products are being managed at their advanced warehouse specifically Warehouse 4.0.

The establishment of the Warehouse 4.0 program will require industries to establish the goals of the program at their initial stages, they must be clear about the goals and try their best to achieve their goals. Such goals will be documented and published and shared with each and every worker so that it should keep them on a proper track. Some of these goals include:

Reduction in cost of the warehouse – Properly organizing the dock scheduling, demurrage, and other carrier charges, avoiding damages, saving energy during the break or recess or whenever possible.

SURGING PRODUCTIVITY â€“ Strategic using technology and automated machinery can save a lot of time and save a lot of energy. Also, it is believed to eliminate waste like travel time, rework, over-handling, pilling of excessive products, and equipment conflicts.

IMPROVING ORDER QUALITY â€“ By reducing order/ delivery change response times, picking errors, and accurate packing and labeling the order quality can be improved. A proper and easy management and movement of products will be possible. It will also make a positive impact on the customers. The seller will also find it reliable to work with a similar company.

IMPROVED SERVICES â€“ Various facilities like on-time shipments, accurate and complete shipments, correct packaging, customer notifications of order status, customer service center response times, customer feedback, solving customer issues will improve the services.

AWL India has turned these dreams into reality by adopting Warehouse 4.0. They have achieved and are achieving all the above-mentioned goals and providing satisfactory services to their customers. Indeed, it feels great to have a national agency coming up with such a new and advanced system of warehouses which is in the end contributing a lot in boosting the supply chain. AWL India is also upgrading their warehouses with more advanced technologies. With the application of Artificial Intelligence, sensors, and advanced software AWL India has made a mark in the world of smart warehouses which is of great benefit for the supply chain.