We talk a lot about how a WMS benefits your warehouse by making processes fast, cost-efficient and traceable. There is other technology that can enhance your warehouse processes and workers’ productivity. In addition to a robust Warehouse Management System, a worthy consideration for boosting productivity in your warehouse is implementing mobile printers.
Consider this: Your warehouse uses a centrally located printer for its printing needs, a common situation shared by many warehouses. This printer requires space, regular trips to collect batches of printed labels, can only be operated in-person or from connected computers/devices within a close range, and requires patience, since dockworkers traditionally have to pick up copies for suppliers on foot or request labels and then wait for processing.
Now, replacing a traditional printer doesn’t seem like a huge cost saver, because how much less efficient is a regular printer compared to a smaller, mobile-friendly model? But it is; we’ve been deceived because the harmful and costly impact of a printer is felt in much smaller doses, and not all of them are clearly tied to revenue. But make no mistake, these inefficiencies are costing you.
A Case for Mobile Printers in the Warehouse
Comparatively, a mobile printer stands out in just about every way; it has the ability to:
- Print remotely (outdoor and shipping employees can print off labels and ensure their accuracy at any point, without wasting their time).
- Be as close to your workers’ point of use as possible (since they’re small in size and can be mounted to a variety of surfaces) thereby reducing frequent trips.
- Process multiple orders at once.
- Produce high-quality printing of labels which eliminates misidentification of labels. No more waiting and no more careless mistakes.
- Create Shipping labels in real-time when packing an order—a step that drastically expedites the pick, pack, and ship process.
All of these advantages significantly contribute to improved accuracy and quality assurance, meaning fewer mistakes and less wasted money. Keep this trend going by opting for a WMS if you haven’t already and use our tips for getting started with a warehouse management system!