CHAPTER TEN

WAREHOUSE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

10.1   Automatic Identification Systems

10.2   Automatic Communication Systems

10.3   System Selection and Justification

Each year we conduct a survey to determine industry priorities for warehouse management systems functionality. Nearly every year the top three priorities are (1) paperless communication, (2) live inventory, and (3) productivity tracking.

Why is paperless the top priority? Many of the hurdles on the race to world-class warehousing are related to paper and paper handling. First, it is easy to lose paper. I do it every day. Second, you have to read paper. Reading warehouse documents usually requires searching through a maze of information for just a single line that matters for the transaction ...

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