Are you Capturing Your Data Sets Properly?

Data Sets

Retailers, warehouses, fulfillment centers, and transportation companies depend on the accurate collection of data. From customer satisfaction to on-time deliveries, logistics entities monitor every aspect of their operation. The efficiency in which they capture and structure that data permits them to review information to make important business decisions that impact the entire supply chain flow. 

The method on which this crucial information is gathered is a data set. The question is – is your company capturing data sets properly? Even further, is this process seamless and streamlined for efficiency? 

Streamlining the process of data set collection is a surefire way to expedite decision making. And in modern supply chains, the quicker and more accurate the data set, the better you can fine-tune your operations. 

Let’s explore a few successful data set collection methods used by global logistics leaders, and how Redwood Logistics can help you accelerate your data collection process


Why Data Sets are Crucial to Supply Chain Efficiency

Have you ever received a gift from someone, quickly opened it, and started using it – without reading the directions? Believe it or not, this is more common than you’d think – especially when it comes to using modern technology in the workplace. 

Nearly all businesses use some sort of data set system. Some use antiquated equipment, others use the best technology but don’t have the correct knowledge to use it correctly. This represents a clear and legitimate hurdle that impacts the effectiveness of data sets. 

While using the right tools for your specific operation is a good start, knowing how to utilize them to maximum potential is truly what creates optimal use of data sets. We’ll get back to this shortly. 


The Evolution of Data Collection

The days of hand-jamming delivery invoices, driver records, and reviewing customer phone call surveys are over. Today’s logistics businesses activate multiple data collection systems and technologies to review the performance of their supply chain, discover areas of deficiency, and make adjustments as needed. 

These real-time data collection systems power distribution hubs, transportation depots, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. And when used correctly, or integrated together, the data set operates like a finely tuned machine.


Mobile Computing Solutions

The modern-day workstation has evolved in recent years. While there are many daily tasks that can be completed from a stationary desk, many logistics operations require flexibility to accomplish daily tasks. This is accomplished thanks to mobile computing solutions, a wireless computer connectivity platform that allows warehouse workers, managers, and others to stay connected throughout the facility. 

The mobile computing system serves as the heart of data collection. It can send, receive, and organize data captured by other wireless tools within the facility, on the road, or even in the air. The connect via Wi-Fi hotspots and terminals through the building and can relay up-to-the-minute updates on order fulfillment, picking, packing, and shipping data to team members. 

But, contrary to popular belief, the mobile warehouse computer is not the only data collection or allocation resource. Many transportation companies and fulfillment centers equip their power units with vehicle-mounted computing systems. They are used on forklifts, lot trucks, and warehouse pallet delivery equipment. 

This type of platform keeps equipment operators informed, providing details on upcoming tasks – especially if they are updated based on customer requests. 


Bar Codes & RFID Technology

If the mobile computing solution is the heart, bar codes, and RFID technology is what keeps the data collection process going strong. Pallets, storage steel slots, containers, and even individual products are equipped with UPC bar codes and/or RFID tags. 

They can be scanned or relay data on the fly, allowing the logistics entity to retrieve information on worker efficiency, inventory, and product movement instantly. Beyond the data collection process, this information can be shared with customers, shipping companies, vendors, and others to improve transparency. 


Voice Operated Equipment

Imagine having the ability to communicate with your mobile computing solution from the middle of your warehouse, on the road, in a meeting, or at home? This is possible with voice-operated and cloud-based solutions that connect with the data collection tools mentioned above. 

With the use of a headset and Wi-Fi connection, a warehouse operator can connect to their WMS, TMS, or other platforms remotely, speak directly to the computer system, and complete many other common fulfillment tasks remotely.  


How to Leverage Modern Technology for Optimal Performance

While these new data collection tools are quite powerful, without proper training, and an effective integration strategy, it’s typically an uphill struggle to optimize your data sets. This is where working with a professional third-party logistics company helps to reduce roadblocks. 

Redwood Logistics works with multiple logistics entities from transportation companies to fulfillment centers to optimize their data collection technologies and strategies. Integration and training help ensure all stakeholders and equipment users hit the ground running strong once the platform is activated. 

If you’re looking to optimize your data set solutions and ensure you are using them to maximum potential, contact Redwood Logistics today.