none

CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS IN AUSTRALIAN WAREHOUSING

27-08-2019
by 
in 

New developments are continuously modifying the management of warehousing systems in Australia. Advances in computing systems and software are allowing instantaneous record-keeping transactions. An example of these developments is the automatic registering of products and prices at grocery stores. Inventories are automatically adjusted as groceries are sold, and managers can remotely query the system and obtain instantaneous inventory balances.

Coles, Bunnings, Chemist Warehouse and other companies already have similar online systems for keeping stock records for all stock-keeping units. Woolworths and Aldi are planning to remove the human element from the physical movement and storage of materials at some of their newer locations.

These automated storage and retrieval systems remove materials, make up batches of complete orders and deliver them to the appropriate points within the production system, all without being touched by human hands. Other automated systems similarly assemble shipping orders and move them to shipping areas. These and other developments pledge to make warehousing even more effective in the future in meeting the quantity and scheduling needs of customer and operation departments.

World-class producers use these systems and software extensively to determine the most efficient routes for trucks, to find the best way to load and unload trucks and to provide close communications between drivers and central offices. This use of computer software not only holds down costs but also, and at least equally importantly, enables management to know where in the entire system each order is and when it is expected to arrive at its destination.

But in spite of the advances made in computing systems and software, and the establishment of centralisation of materials management function for greater control, foul-ups still occur.

M Khaldoon (Kan) is an MBA (Aust), certified Six Sigma Black Belt, auditor and trainer, currently working at Sayfa as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager. He has more than 18 years of experience in automotive, aviation, and oil and gas with multinational organisations.

Related news & editorials

  1. 06.07.2020
    06.07.2020
    by      In , In
    As COVID-19 sweeps across nations, destructive as it is indiscriminate in taking down anyone that stands in its path, Australia’s response has been gold standard.
    Despite the magnitude of the crisis that confronted us, Australians accepted the situation and dealt with it with great resolve.
    One of... Read More
  2. 01.07.2020
    01.07.2020
    by      In , In , In
    By Sophi MacMillan, chief executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia
    A new report from the Vinyl Council of Australia has highlighted the inherent performance benefits of the material in the event of fire.
    When subjected to a series of tests, the inherent flame retardancy of PVC proved not to... Read More
  3. 01.07.2020
    01.07.2020
    by      In , In , In
    By Helen Baker, financial adviser and spokesperson for online finance information platform Money.com.au.
    While capital purchases are an essential part of running an SME, business owners may be torn between whether to invest in vital equipment now or wait until the economy recovers. The Federal and... Read More
  4. 24.06.2020
    24.06.2020
    by      In , In
    The Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) is progressively being adopted by supply chain operations in Australia and New Zealand to combat the stress of rising e-commerce demands and warehouse worker shortages, in order to streamline industry processes in a more efficient and cost-effective way.... Read More