Leverage IoT to Digitally Transform your Warehouses, Distribution Centers and Depots

For the day to day consumer of goods, it’s easy for us to forget that warehouses, distribution centers and depots are a key link in the supply chain. Often, all we know is that we want our products to arrive at the right time, at the right place, and at the right price. Not a tall order, is it? What we often overlook is the massive amount of complexity that exists in even the most basic supply chains that manufacture and deliver goods to either their consumers or to other industrial partners. The buffers and coordination points (or nodes) in virtually every supply chain exist in the form of warehouses, distribution centers and depots. There are some subtle and then significant differences between those 3 types of nodes. A warehouse, for example, is mainly used for storing products for specified time frames, while a distribution center (apart from storing products like a warehouse) offers value-added services like product mixing, order fulfillment, cross docking, kitting and packaging. The distribution center tends to be a higher velocity or flow through environment when compared to a warehouse. Moving on to depots, a depot will share many of the traits of a distribution center, but they also will […]

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