It is time to automate the warehouse? Usually before automation warehouse, for that matter, before the trade automation necessary to carry out some preparatory work. Most important – you need to decide what type of Identification suits you. It depends on the stock. There are several types of identification. For example, paper (visual), bar codes (linear) and radio frequency (RFID). Moreover, the last two classes are usually taken called automatic identification (also referred to her biometrics). Automatic identification technology is very popular in recent years, but there are stores that can easily exist without it, the old-fashioned using paper technology, in which the warehouse management system is no different from others. Except that the job is printed on paper, and the storekeeper is more work: you need at the time ramp to match the text description of the product from the sheet to the object, which is located in the corresponding cell address.
The technology of bar coding – the next step in the automation of warehousing and retailers. And after all, judge for yourself: scanning the bar code of goods, storage and other warehousing facilities at all stages of business process warehouse is much lower probability of error and often can accelerate the warehouse operations. That this is the main advantage of bar coding to the paper. Distinguish two stages of bar-coding in stock – this is data collection and processing in the off-line mode (Batch-terminals) and on-line (RADIO). Thus, acceptance of goods is carried out using batch-terminal, but the data upon receipt of goods through the batch-terminal in the device, and then transferred to the warehouse management system in batch mode. But in this case, there are options of various delays, as some time is still spent on checking the results of operations. But in the case where acceptance is happening to radio terminals, all the information about available goods supplied to the system incrementally, almost simultaneously with the introduction of the terminal. Terminal, in turn, interacts with the workstation using the radio.