Modern Approaches to Cycle Counting Through Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

Most businesses that have supply chain operations will end up facing inventory reconciliation problems at some point, regardless of how capable their warehouse management system happens to be. As long as humans have to come into contact with inventory, there is the possibility of error, whether it’s a small one or something more significant that has broader effects.

Some of the world’s top companies are now considering using autonomous unmanned aircraft system technology such as that found in drones in conjunction with passive RFID or barcode capabilities to help boost the efficiency of inventory checks. By placing the sensor platform in the air, the drones can safely and accurately perform inventory checks in places that are hard to reach.

Businesses that want to maximize success need to focus their efforts on making their supply chain faster, better and cheaper. Using a robot for manual repetitive tasks is one change that can make a big difference.

Customer Experience Should Be Your Top Concern

Customers want to know for sure if the items they wish to order are in stock and can be delivered to them quickly, plain and simple. No one wants to place an order and find out later they can’t get the item for a few weeks. This is a sure way to lose a customer, which is why cycle counting is so vital.

One question that you should ask yourself is how your warehouse management system manages your inventory processes. Find out how using barcode or RFID scanners and wearable technology can help make the job easier, and look into which technologies might provide a greater insight into movement, position, and inventory levels using the data gleaned from autonomous robots.

Walmart is just months away from implementing the use of drones to check its warehouse inventory, and for good reason. When autonomous robots take on the challenge of cycle counting, the possibility of attaining 100 percent confidence suddenly becomes reality.

This blog post was based off of an article from Logistics Viewpoint. View the original here.

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