Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouse(s) – Part 1 of 3

There are many great reasons to choose wireless local area networks (WLANs) for your warehouse(s). Time and time again, we’ve seen companies implement a wireless LAN for one function, such as logging incoming supplies on the receiving dock, to running wireless applications throughout their entire warehouse or group of warehouses.

Let’s take a look at the types of applications in warehouses that prove most useful, and which issues you should consider when deploying WLAN for these applications.

Start with Receiving

Most companies have some type of receiving function, no matter what industry they’re in. Manufacturers are shipped a never-ending flow of incoming components and raw materials that will eventually make up their final products, while retail stores must keep stock of the latest products and hospitals receive daily shipments of medical supplies. In all of these instances, companies must monitor incoming goods to update accounting records and inventory databases, alert any parties who need to know and initiate payment for all received items.

Wireless Bar Code Systems

Wireless bar code systems provide a number of benefits over paper-based systems in terms of receiving functions. As an item is unloaded from a vehicle, a warehouse clerk can perform the following actions:

  1. The clerk scans the item’s bar code, which identifies the part number.
  2. The bar code data is transmitted over the wireless network to a database. This database marks the item as received and updates other applicable databases.
  3. The bar code system, through a handheld scanner/printer, prints important data on a label that the clerk can attach to the item. Using a wireless scanner for this function increases the mobility of users and enables them to perform the receiving actions directly after unloading.

Wireless LAN from Zebra Technologies, as provided by Coridian, is your answer to greater efficiencies. Let Coridian help you make the most of your wireless tech and move your business forward. Contact us today.

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