How E-Commerce Is Changing Warehouse Processes

How E-Commerce Is Changing Warehouse Processes
For decades, warehouses have been a key component for retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and other types of businesses as a place to store and ship inventory. As such, they are highly susceptible to changes in efficiency, productivity and the overall operations.

E-commerce has been growing over the last few years, but there was sudden spike in demand especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. From fulfilling multiple SKU orders to direct-to-consumer shipping, warehouses are confronted with various challenges to keep up with the demands. In order to thrive in the world of e-commerce, here are some of the ways your warehouse should respond and adapt.

Improving tracking capabilities

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If you haven’t upgraded your warehouse technology yet, getting things in the warehouse more trackable allows for easier monitoring and collection of data. Every product that comes in the warehouse, moves around, or goes out can be tracked instantly with the push of a button or a single scan. 

At any given time, nearly anyone within the organisation should be able to find out where a specific product in the warehouse is accurately. With improved tracking, this makes it easier to prevent product loss scenarios, thus keeping your warehouse more efficient in operations and reliable in providing more information to customers and suppliers.

Smarter storage and shipping

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With the e-commerce boom, people are placing orders quicker and expecting faster shipping times – especially when there are better shipping offers by competitors. If your warehouse stores more diverse ranges of products, this may complicate the problem to process and ship out products faster.

In response, many warehouses have implemented innovative new systems to make the process smoother. For example, in Amazon, the ‘chaotic’ storage system is the mode of efficiency where incoming products are placed on any available shelving space randomly to save time. While this sounds like chaos on the warehouse floor, order fulfillment is kept a breeze with robust technological tracking systems.

With more volumes of inventory coming in and out, you might be pressed for space in the warehouse. Our property at 38 Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 2 offers warehouses for rent with accessibility via CTE. There are 3 connected buildings with multiple storeys and a corporate frontage, serving consumers with the general B1 industrial building capabilities. You can find in-house products such as event hall rental, lockers & self-storage, and adhoc weekend marketplace. The nearest train station at Ang Mo Kio MRT can be accessed by the feeder bus available on the property – and more buses can be accessed just minutes away from the entrance. Unit sizes range from 475 sqft to 4,903 sqft with selected furnishing and 4.5m ceiling height. Our subsidiary, Work+Store is also located within the premises to offer storage and processing units, which make the ideal solution for businesses that are looking for small offices to rent. Other facilities include in-house canteen, 4 passenger lifts, 3 cargo lifts and season parking for cars & heavy vehicles. 

Upgrade staff training

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Apart from the warehouse upgrades, there is also a need to step up your training efforts, allowing your warehouse employees to carry out their duties more effectively and efficiently. Implementing innovative storage processes and adopting better technology are only a part of the equation – your workers will need to stay up-to-date on the best practices and undergo regular training so they can maintain optimal productivity level in your warehouse.

As your business grows to keep up with e-commerce demand, there may be a need to secure additional warehouse storage rental. Our property at 18 New Industrial Rd is a 6-storey industrial building that offers a professional corporate façade with a revamped layout. Situated at the city fringe, it is accessible via PIE and KPE to ease your delivery routes as well as Tai Seng MRT station for daily commute. You can also find a variety of F&B nearby. Units are suitable for light industrial operations, warehouse and ancillary office purposes, with sizes starting from 430 sqft to 1,295 sqft – furnished with aircon, lights and 3.8m ceiling height. Other features include 2 loading bays, 24-hour access & CCTV security, 20-footer access and complimentary parking for the 1st lot.

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