For the food and drink industry, automation in warehousing and distribution in Toronto is essential for multiple reasons. For one, you will have to manage storage temperatures, respond to a high turnover of inventory, maintain a high standard of hygiene and sanitation, and be able to trace products as needed. Value added services in the warehouse can be attained when you work with a reputable third-party logistics (3PL) warehousing company that provides automation in the warehouse. Here’s why the food and drink warehouse industry would benefit from automation, and how you can set this up in your supply chain.
Reduced Processing Time
Automation is essential to reducing processing times for pick-and- pack warehousing services. 3PL companies help to remove unnecessary picking aisles, increase the amount of stock you can hold, provide temperature control, and can manage seasonal products efficiently.
Minimize Pick Up Times in Chilled Areas
Products like fish, meat, frozen fruit and vegetables, ice cream, and other frozen snacks and desserts need to be in the right conditions, and properly tracked to make sure they do not expire or go bad. 3PL providers who specialize in cold storage and frozen warehouses can help to make sure these products are properly stored and accounted for, and they reduce pick up times by providing proper GPS tracking of items.
Investments in ERP and WMS
Two options for automation in the warehouse are ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning), and WMS (Warehouse Management System) solutions. ERP integration is designed to analyze data and handle upgrades and deployment. They can help with supply chain management in a variety of ways including product planning, material purchasing, inventory control, distribution, accounting, finance, marketing, and even Human Resources (HR). WMS is another application that supports and optimizes warehousing and distribution centre management. It can help with the daily planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and the controlling of how resources are used, moved, and stored.
Get Help from Lean Supply Solutions
If you are looking for a professional 3PL provider to help you set up automation for your supply chain, give Lean Supply Solutions a call. We make ourselves aware of the rising trends and changes in the supply chain and always strive to stay up to speed, especially during the holiday season. We commit to being aware of our clients’ operational challenges as they arise and help them get the most out of their processes. Our 3PL, packaging, product fulfillment, supply chain management, and contract logistics services in Ontario can streamline your processes for better success. Lean Supply Solutions is able to offer consistent, accurate, and quality results by striving to ensure that the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, while saving you money. To learn more about outsourcing to our 3PL distribution team, or to ask any questions, contact us at 905-482- 2590.