Workplace Worker Fatigue

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PathGuide Technologies ● 22745 29 th Drive SE, Suite #150, Bothell, WA 98021 ● www.pathguide.com ● clientservices@pathguide.com 3 With the WMS efficiently directing worker movement throughout the warehouse, the employee doesn't have to spend all day searching through jumbled inventory to find what they're looking for – something this can be physically (and mentally) draining. Lastly, let's not forget the traditional physical inventory approach of shutting down operations, counting inventory, auditing counts and then recounting inventory is often highly disruptive to warehouse operations, and can be a contributor to worker fatigue – especially if the physical inventory takes place over the weekend or after hours. With a WMS, the manager or warehouse worker can launch a cycle count job from a handheld scanner. The user then counts the items in a bin location, enters the quantities into the scanner, and is notified of any discrepancies. Verifying item locations and quantities in real time and during normal business hours can ease the inventory process for workers and reduce workplace- induced fatigue. A PROBLEM THAT'S NOT GOING AWAY Recommending the most efficient organization of the warehouse, directing worker movement, and streamlining inventories by verifying item locations and quantities in real time. These are just a few of the ways that a WMS can help play a role in combating worker fatigue. With demand for warehouse workers growing faster than labor supply, employees are likely picking up extra shifts to meet customer demand. In a report last September, CBRE projected demand for creating another 452,000 warehouse and distribution center workers in the U.S. through the end of 2019. In other words, fatigue is likely to become an even bigger issue in your warehouse. I always enjoy hearing from distributors to better understand the unique challenges they're facing in their operations. Is worker fatigue an issue you're currently facing? If so, what steps are you taking to address the issue in your workplace? Have you applied any innovative approaches using a WMS in your warehouse to combat worker fatigue? Please feel free to send me your thoughts on this topic. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Eric Allais, President and CEO of Washington-based PathGuide Technologies, Inc., has over 30 years of experience in marketing, product management and sector analysis in the automated data collection industry, including warehouse management practices in wholesale distribution. Contact him at eric@pathguide.com. ABOUT PATHGUIDE TECHNOLOGIES PathGuide Technologies, Inc., a privately held company founded in 1989, is a leading provider of warehouse management solutions for industrial and retail distributors across North America. PathGuide's software and services help suppliers increase productivity and order accuracy, improve customer service and lower labor costs, ultimately driving greater profitability. Click here to learn how distributors of all sizes can benefit from improved warehouse management. USING A WMS TO COMBAT WORKER FATIGUE

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