With the rapid increase of people's purchasing power, the annual business volume of express delivery has reached the level of tens of billions. The rapid development of the express delivery industry has promoted the upgrading and transformation of the warehousing industry. According to statistics, only 35% of enterprises in the country are applying a warehouse management system, and 65% of companies still use the manual warehouse management mode. There are many disadvantages to this management mode, which not only causes confusion in inventory management and inaccurate inventory data, but also generates higher labor costs.
The advantages of warehouse management with the help of IoT goes as following:
1. Automatic data collection
The WMS system supports RFID technology, and labels each item with RFID, which store the basic information, storage time, location, and so on.In the process of goods inbound, racking, inventory, sorting, moving and outbound, RFID readers will automatically identify and verify goods information in batches, and transmit detailed information to WMS system through wireless communication network, eliminating manual input and greatly improving the efficiency and accuracy of warehousing operations.
2. Intelligent device monitoring
In warehouses with full coverage of the IoT, warehouse clerks are not necessary. The picking robot and the AGV are working methodically. The automated storage is inseparable from the support of Internet of Things technology and intelligent storage management system. The WMS system transmits tasks to the WCS system. The WCS system decomposes the tasks and forms specific instructions to the management system of various types of equipment, thereby achieving unified command and intelligent monitoring of logistics equipment. If the equipment is abnormal, the system will issue a warning to remind the maintenance personnel to come to repair.
3. Cargo dynamic tracking
Traditional warehouse management relies on manual records to track goods, which not only causes delays but also errors, which reduces the efficiency of finding and dispatching goods. In the warehouse that introduced the IoT technology, not only the products have RFID labels, but the storage locations also have electronic labels. The labels contain the specific location of the storage location and all the information about the products on the storage location. In this way, the storage location is tied to the product to achieve accurate positioning of the product, and provide data support for the system's path optimization and accurate library movement. The system can also track the flow of goods in real time and update the status of the goods in time. Finally, it is displayed by visual charts, which is convenient for users to query through mobile and PC terminals.