The power of print in warehousing and logistics
Now, more than ever, warehouse and logistics operators will be looking to improve operational efficiency to cope with an increase in demand. The first port of call for many will be looking at existing processes, technology and operations to identify where improvements can be made. However, one area that can often be overlooked is print.
Documents in various forms play a vital role in warehouse and logistics operations, yet these demanding environments are typically harsh meaning a printer’s life can be short-lived. However, a device that is robust enough to survive these conditions can be a worthy investment that can help operators streamline processes and react quickly to sudden changes which are frequent in this fast-paced sector.
Organisations also need round the clock access to fast, robust and reliable printers to support on everything from labelling incoming and outgoing shipments to printing barcodes, shipping notes, inventories, rotas, receipts, and essential health & safety signage and notices on-demand. Traditionally, businesses would invest in different printers for different uses or rely on third-party suppliers, however, technology has advanced so much that warehousing and logistics businesses can now produce everything they need from one compact and versatile device.
Another area to consider is access. People are the lifeblood of the warehousing and logistics sector, and this means high movement of people in warehouses and logistics environments. Within this sector security is key, ensuring only authorised individuals have access to printers and confidential documentation.
Finally, with increased demand, sustainability must also be considered. The logistics and warehousing sector is known to be a major contributor to global emissions and with consumers increasingly conscious of their own environmental impact and basing purchasing decisions around sustainability, businesses need to ensure operations remain environmentally friendly as demand grows.