From a warehousing perspective, the main factor that can prolong the time it takes a customer to receive their goods, is the time it takes to pick and pack the order. Having a streamlined process is a good start to ensure efficiency and quicker supply to the customer. However, if staff are having to go back and forth in the warehouse to a central location to print and collect labels it creates a lot of wasted time. It can also lower staff morale as the action takes longer than it should and becomes a tedious task.
The use of mobile label printers can reduce time-in-motion and consequently the time it takes to pick and pack the goods. The quicker staff can complete their tasks means you will get more output for the same amount of time and in turn increase staff morale. It also means a reduction in label errors caused by double-handling, with just-in-time labelling as the items are picked.
Quality of Supply
If consumers are already wanting faster supply, they definitely wouldn’t have the time to have items incorrect or missing when they receive their delivery. Consumers have become very time poor and they can come to rely on an accurate delivery. By the time you resolve the issue or ship a replacement order, they probably need it yesterday, and it has cost you more in transport, labour and written-off stock. These issues can become very common if the root cause of the problem is not identified and just put down as human error.
Scanning barcodes is a way of error-proofing and ensuring 100% accuracy of the items being picked. The use of mobile scanning in the picking process can confirm every item should be getting scanned, reducing the chance for error. It can also identify any incorrect labelling or items packed in the wrong location. Ultimately, when you reduce error it minimises the amount of returns or write-offs which in turn saves you time and money.