There’s no shortage of problems and pain points in the supply chain. From raw material to last-mile, the increasing demand for speed and optimization is causing many managers headaches. Bluetooth Beacons are already making a difference to several businesses.
Here’s how beacons can solve some of the most common problems in the supply chain.
Packaging and pallet loss
DHL Supply Chain Insights, had several findings on the topic:
- “The cost of replacing “lost” reusable packaging and pallets in the North American auto industry is around $750 million per year.”
- The U.S. Postal Service loses about 20% of its pallets annually
- The automotive sector loses 15-20% of its pallets and lids annually
Pallet tracking (read more about Bluetooth in pallet tracking). By tracking the movement of pallets either with disposable or long-lasting tags, owners can know when and where pallets go missing. This can even be paired with automated messages or other actions in order to take human error out of the equation completely.
Wasted warehouse space
Asset tracking and navigation. Bluetooth tags make a warehouse digital and smart. That means, workers and managers can find packages with ease no matter where they’ve been placed. Whether these packages are stored with other customers’ goods or in an unusual back corner, they’ll be found. That means storing packages wherever it’s practical.
Beacon supply chain deals with poor warehouse performance
Inefficiencies, bottlenecks, oversight
PWC suggests that 10% to 30% increase in efficiency in the EU logistics sector could power €100-300 billion in cost savings for European industry.
- IoT and and asset tracking solutions could drive $1.9 trillion dollars of economic value.source: Cisco and DHL
- IDC predicts digitally connected processes to drive 15% productivity improvements for manufacturing supply chains by the end of 2018. source: IDC
Asset tracking (read more on asset tracking). Where are your assets when you need? Simply attaching Bluetooth tags to equipment or employees can support a powerful asset tracking system that gives operators complete oversight of what’s happening.
Sensitive assets go bad due to temperature
End-to-end cold chain (read more on cold chain logistics). Handling sensitive goods requires careful monitoring not just for legal but financial reasons. When your temperature-sensitive assets go bad, that could hundreds or hundreds of thousands of dollars right out the door. That’s why cost-effective and easy-to-use Bluetooth tags are now being used to track and verify temperatures of items transported via the cold chain.
Poor warehouse security + theft
Freight Watch International
Entry access control. Supply chain managers often keep many expensive eggs in one warehouse basket. Now Bluetooth beacons or tags can be used to automate access control. That means an added layer of security and also the chance the trigger new kinds of alarms should assets be moved outside of set parameters.
Beacon logistic vs labor inefficiencies
report, the importance of managing an efficient logistics workforce is now more important for 68% of operations (68%) Fortunately, tracking with beacons and Bluetooth tags makes this easier and more automated than ever before.
- 57% of interviewed operators named increasing workforce productivity as their toughest challengesource: Labor Strategies in the Warehouse Report
- “Survey responses suggest that LMS solutions yield significant benefits:
- 1. Ability to objectively measure associate performance (72 %)
- 2. Reduction in labor costs (57%)
- 3. Visibility over performance throughout the day (50 %)
- 4. The capacity to monitor progress against a production plan (50 %)”
People tracking (read more on employee monitoring solution) Keeping track of employee movements is one thing. Making sure an entire labor force is optimized is another. By tracking their general movements, Bluetooth can help operators know when and how their workers move, leading to greater efficiency and performance.
Unclear maintenance schedule
Sensor data for better predictive maintenance.
Predicting maintenance needs isn’t always an exact science. By tracking assets, operators can better visualize wear and tear and know when maintenance should be scheduled for optimum efficiency.
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