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Warehousing & DC Workflows

From Dock to Stock at High Speed

Receiving and putaway combine the flow of goods with business-critical information about those goods. The speed and accuracy of this combination in receiving makes all the difference to workflows downstream. That’s why you need a connected workflow solution.

A Connected Solution for Receiving and Put-Away Workflows

A Honeywell connected solution for inbound workflows includes:

  • Mobile computer preloaded with Mobile Document Imaging (MDI) software
  • Mobile printer
  • Printer media

This solution equips your workers to increase accuracy, productivity and visibility in the challenging DC environment. Here’s how.

Use the mobile computer to record receipt data and update BOH in real time using scans and minimal data entry. You’ll drastically improve productivity and accuracy over paper-based processes. And you’ll have real-time visibility into your inventory.

Using the MDI software to electronically capture paperwork (import docs, MSDS, etc.) and both send and store those files electronically also provides immediate visibility to critical information.

And by using a mobile printer, the receiver can remain at the point of process, labelling each pallet as it is received. This eliminates the unproductive travel time back and forth to stationary printers on the dock or in an office. Operators can receive multiple doors more quickly, so forklifts can clear received pallets more quickly and turn the doors faster.

Advantages of a Connected Solution in Inbound Processes
  • Handle more receipts in less time
  • Improve dock‐to‐stock cycle time and accuracy
  • Prevent costly cascading errors by ensuring accurate data entry on the receiving dock
  • Maximise efficiency with rapid, accurate scanning from the moment goods reach the DC floor
  • Save travel time and integrate operators’ receiving tasks – with total stock visibility
  • Meet peaks in demand head-on with technology designed to fit the task
  • Improve the service levels you can offer to your customers

Shift Your Workflows Into High Gear
Throughout the supply chain, forklifts have transformed from material-handling vehicles into information-technology platforms that leverage computers, barcode scanners, printers, RFID, voice and software to optimise complex workflows. Vehicle-mounted computing and data collection is a proven best practice for improving workflows.

Elevate Your DC Operations with Integrated Vehicle Solutions

Equipping your vehicle-based workflows with computers and data collection solutions offers significant performance benefits:

  • Drives workflow productivity with automatic tracking of vehicle location and status.
  • Reduces material-handling costs while improving compliance and safety with better operational efficiency.
  • Optimises order fulfilment rates and inventory accuracy with real-time tracking.
  • Prevents misshipments by automatically verifying pallet ID and dock-door location.
  • Streamlines operations while reducing labour costs and capital expenses by integrating technologies into seamless solutions.

Accuracy and Productivity, Delivered
Businesses today face unrelenting pressures to reduce operating costs, better manage the workforce and deliver perfect customer service. Senior managers are looking for end-to-end workforce operational improvements.

Honeywell connected solutions for order fulfilment can re-engineer your DC picking/fulfilment processes to deliver the next generation of business results.

Optimise Your Picking Workflows with Vocollect™ Voice

Vocollect voice solutions have become a catalyst in re-engineering picking processes and systems to deliver the next generation of business results. Vocollect voice is the leading voice technology solution for operational excellence. In fact, nearly one million mobile workers use it every day.

Why have our solutions become so popular? The answer is simple: Vocollect solutions deliver quantifiable worker productivity and accuracy gains plus an elegant and flexible implementation approach to achieve improved business processes quickly.

From a business perspective, our solutions have become so attractive because the investment typically has a payback in just 9 to 12 months. And mobile workers appreciate being equipped for success – a boost for worker retention.

On average, Vocollect voice improves productivity 10% to 25%. It’s no wonder why its adoption continues to gain popularity throughout the distribution centre.

Vocollect Voice in Action: Picking Workflows

Case picking
Make your mobile workers performing case picking even more productive with Vocollect voice. With their eyes focused on what’s ahead of them instead of looking at a screen you’ll probably also see a reduction in accidents.

Piece picking
Piece picking mobile workers excel with Vocollect voice. You can expect up to a 25% improvement in productivity because both hands are free and voice commands streamline exception processing.

Pick to tote
Pick-to-tote roller feed operations are natural environments in which to use voice. You’ll see 15% gains in your piece pick per hour performance results and gain valuable insights into individual worker performance.

Gravity feed piece picking
Workers performing piece picking in gravity feed environments see immediate improvements with voice, with support for workers moving across zones in larger multi-zone layouts and reduced travel time with batch picking.

Batch picking
Picking multiple orders with Vocollect voice using pull carts greatly reduces your total travel time. It also provides exceptional gains in worker throughput.

Catch weights
Whether you call it catch-weight or random weight, Vocollect voice lets you capture the exact packaging unit weight during the picking process. And that ensures boxes are properly priced by weight unit (lbs or kgs) without having to weigh the orders.

Trolley/pull cart picking
Vocollect voice excels at supporting pull trolley cages and delivering exceptional performance gains – all while offering workers the comfort of Vocollect’s leading wired or wireless headsets optimised for the DC.

Line loading
Voice enabling your line loading activities is a quick way to improve worker productivity. Workers can build pallets and process customised instructions more effectively using voice than other technology options.

Connected Solutions with Scanners, Printers and Wearable Components

Beyond Vocollect voice, Honeywell offers handheld and wearable computers for order fulfilment workflows.

For the packing process, pairing a fixed smart printer and media with a scanner loaded with MDI software provides a total solution. The smart printer can actually host the shipping/manifesting software thus eliminating the need for costly and space consuming monitors and keyboards.

The printer drives the process and prints destination labels for the outbound packages. Paired with the scanner, the printer gives the packer the ability to scan items, follow the packing instructions, and print the label – and thus complete the pack operation and send the finished carton to shipping.

You can also use the scanner to scan (or “image”) any paperwork and distribute it electronically. That’s faster and easier than using the typical flatbed scanners sometimes deployed at packing stations, taking up additional space.

Our printing and media capabilities also enable you to create a single combined packing list/destination label to apply to the outbound carton. This eliminates the need, cost and unproductive time of having to print paper packing lists and enclose them in self-adhering envelopes to the carton.

Packing, Loading, Shipping by Pallet, Case or Piece: Dispatch Goods Faster and on Schedule

Much like inbound workflows, in outbound workflows it is vital to keep the flow of material on the dock fluid and moving. Fail to do so and your shipping process stalls. Shipments are delayed. Customer service levels are impacted.

A Honeywell connected solution for outbound processes includes a mobile computer paired with a mobile printer and printer media. Here’s how it can help revitalise your outbound workflows.

Scanning outbound destination labels allows the operator on the loading bay to communicate directly with the warehouse management system to ensure that all pallets for a given route/stop are loaded. This eliminates costly extra routes that result from pallets being left behind.

In addition, scanning the door and/or trailer upon entry to load the pallet ensures that each pallet is loaded onto the correct routes/stops. This eliminates extra transportation costs associated with wrongly loaded/delivered product.

And with a Honeywell printer, your workers can quickly reprint labels on demand. Plus, they can use the mobile computer’s camera to verify load condition, helping eliminate costly damage claims against the DC later.