Inventory Visibility for Cold Storage Warehouses

As consumers, we are always concerned about the dairy, meat, and other foods we consume. Our focus is to take care of their storage and quality. The companies that make these items, like us, take efforts to ensure the safety of such commodities. 

The difference is that when it comes to the manufacture and storage of such items, a cold room or a cold storage warehouse is more suitable than a regular refrigerator. These storages exist in different forms depending on the need of items but all of these are restricted to a certain temperature to keep the product safe.

Problems with Cold Storage

Aside from the problems in the facility, another common problem in cold rooms and warehouses is the customers’ increasing number of specific demands based on their product requirements. Perishable products, pharmaceutical products, flowers and plants, and even artworks are examples of these diverse items that require different conditions. A warehouse that fits all is not possible. 

With so many different needs, it has become usual to design specialized cold storage and assign distinct sections for each type of product in order to meet environmental requirement conditions. This also involves the use of multiple sections, racks, shelves, and temperature variations while storing them.

The above conditions result in many locations and sublocations that are the root cause of low inventory visibility. Warehouses are large enough to generate numerical confusion because of tons of items that are in and out of the facility.

Why Visibility is important?

Visibility is critical in warehouse management, whether for cold storage or its dry counterpart. When a client requests an audit to check for accuracy, missing items, and overall process, the management must be able to comply with the request with the least amount of error possible, or the customer’s trust will be lost.

When it comes to warehouse management, inventory visibility should be a key priority. You must know exactly where, how, who, or what section of the room each product is kept, and you must be able to quickly identify those things when the need arises to avoid delays and client complaints.

There are processes that need to be followed. From the arrival of goods to packing and dispatch, every step in this process requires traceability to make everything accountable.

The best way to inventory visibility is to have an inventory management system. With many locations and thousands of boxes and pallets, a bird’s eye perspective of the entire operation is a must. Users may simply identify goods and check quantities in a given location using the management system’s search field capability and keep track of everything that happens to the inventory in the activity history.

Imagine yourself wandering through a warehouse, counting boxes and pallets. Isn’t it simple? Now doing the same job but in a freezing cold environment. When you have a system that can pull data fast, it saves time and effort to execute activities like this. You may also reduce the frequency of counting because when everything is digitized and every change is being tracked, then there will be very minimal errors. If an issue with the inventory count occurs, you can identify who was the last person accountable.

Published by Claude.Rivera

I have a passion for new things. It excites and challenges me. Reading and writing take me to different worlds. Literally, escape. I'm a dancer wannabe and a not-so-pro gamer.

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