Most people in my business can walk into a warehouse and after a no more then 15 minutes of passive observation, asses the state of the operation. It’s the simple things, common indicators that tend to apply from a cross dock to a broken case pick and pack operation. House keeping, equipment condition, the general pace, are all indicators of the state of the operation. As a supply chain professional, I’ve learned that no matter what technology you throw at an operation, it will fail without basic operational discipline. Think of Marine Rifle platoon, 30 or so guys on a mission with a specific set of rules and a very defined work ethic. What ever it takes, get the job done.
Ipad instead of a ruggedized mobility device, interesting and novel to be sure. While paperless picking has been around for decases, this article illustrates an out of the box thinking leadership team that clearly posses operational discipline. It’s the best of both worlds, block and tackle operational process augmented by nimble, well thought out technology.