In the warehouse, excellent data collection processes are critical to accurate inventory counts in real time. By knowing what’s in the warehouse, organizations can fulfill orders quickly, avoid shortages, reduce mispicks, and deliver the highest levels of customer service.
In the beginning, pen and paper was the only method for data collection. Distribution center (DC) managers created processes, trained personnel, and handed them pads of paper to collect warehouse data. Most of the picking was done based upon paper-based pick documents spit out of printers.