The Synchronized Distribution Supply Chain: Best Practices in Warehouse Management

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The Synchronized Distribution Supply Chain: Best Practices in Warehouse Management

About Motorola’s Mobile Supply Chain Solutions
Every day, companies all over the world count on Motorola mobility solutions to keep their supply chain operations at peak productivity and profitability. When it comes to supply chain optimization, Motorola’s end-to-end supply chain mobility solutions offer the expertise gained through successful proven deployments in many of the world’s largest enterprises, a comprehensive and proven enterprises class product portfolio — including wireless infrastructure for seamless ‘inside outside’ mobility, integrated voice and data devices and bestin-class applications through a world-class partner
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The data collected in this key focal point of your business has the power to enable significant cost and operational efficiencies throughout the enterprise — in the yard and on the production line as well as in dispatch, sales and service.

This white paper will examine how warehouse mobility can serve as the foundation of an enterprise-wide mobility, creating a more collaborative information architecture that not only enables a leaner warehouse operation — but a leaner, more profitable enterprise as well.

The negative business impact of the manual warehouse
Regardless of whether you are a manufacturer or distributor, the warehouse is a critical hub in your business. Through this central depot, everything must pass — from raw materials waiting to be manufactured into finished goods to product waiting for shipment downstream to a distribution center, retailer or end-customer. When the many warehouse processes are paper-based and workers are not connected in real-time to your warehouse management system (WMS), information is manually collected with pen and paper, and entered into the computer at a later date. These manually-driven procedures in the warehouse cause a number of higher level operational issues in the warehouse, including:


High levels of errors in information due to the double-touch of data (handwritten followed by data entry).

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