Accu-Sort® Systems Inc. has published a white paper on trends in warehouse and barcode system efficiency: "Maximizing Throughput and Uptime with New Barcode Initiatives for Warehouse Automation." It provides tools that allow distribution center managers to compare their operations against those of their peers.
The new white paper summarizes a study conducted by Accu-Sort and Modern Materials Handling magazine, based on surveys from 174 industry professionals. The study was designed to gauge the relative importance given to improving efficiency in warehouse operations, the impact of barcode system downtime on materials handling operations, the preferred approach to service, and the level of satisfaction with that approach.
The white paper reveals several industry trends:
• One-third of the respondents have actively implemented programs designed to increase the efficiency of their warehouse operations.
• An occurrence of barcode scanner downtime has an average cost of $90,000 through incurred labor hours, reduced throughput, and lower customer satisfaction.
• Satisfaction with suppliers' service performance does not measure up on those aspects of service considered most important.
The white paper is available for download at: http://www.accusort.com/en/about/form_reg_research_brief.php.