Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are a practical storage solution for industrial products, components, and spare parts for all possible environments and industries. VLMs are typically used to help organize and improve workflow in the warehouse because of their superior design and flexibility as well as the wide range of models available. In this article, we’re going to discuss how VLMs are improving picking rates in warehouses worldwide.
The Importance of Higher Consumer Satisfaction
Picking goods is one of the most expensive and labor-intensive processes for distribution in a variety of industries. While the consumer demand for same-day delivery of goods continues to rise, the need for quicker processes paired with improved accuracy is pushing the limits in warehouses worldwide.
In fact, the Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) industry in North America is expected to rise by 9.01% by 2026, due to the persistent global need for automated processes, labor, and more space in warehouses.
Studies show that high consumer satisfaction leads to long-term customers as well as higher profitability for your business. Our automated VLM solutions can be easily integrated into any warehouse to help better optimize your current space and improve overall consumer satisfaction.
Low Picking Rates? Why VLMs
If your warehouse is experiencing low picking rates, it’s slowing your fulfillment center down. A slower warehouse equates to missed financial opportunities and lower consumer satisfaction.
Autonomous, or integrated with an ERP or WMS, VLMs provide an array of benefits that increase picking efficiency and accuracy, reducing your cost of order fulfillment including:
- Highly convenient goods-to-person principle
- The compact design has economical and environmental advantages
- Highest storage density for small parts, up to 90% less floor space
- Easy integration into your operations
- Simple user guidance with minimal training requirements
- Increased performance through automated processes
3 Ways to Improve Pick Rates With VLMs
1. Address Weaknesses in your Current Warehouse with Automation
Not enough space for usability of goods? High error reports? Need for quicker operations? It’s important to look at the weaknesses of your current warehouse to strategically find ways to strengthen current processes. VLMs may be the perfect solution to help automate your processes, improve efficiency and accuracy, and increase productivity while decreasing the potential for error. Plus, our VLMs are durably engineered to optimize your current warehouse floor space by allowing you to expand vertically.
2. VLM Micro-Fulfillment Strategies
The need to meet consumer demands quickly and more accurately is increasing in importance. E-commerce retailers and grocers specifically are needing a solution to get products closer to the customer by allowing for on-demand delivery and cutting down the distance between the warehouse and the consumer’s front door. Investing in micro-fulfillment centers allows for more efficient picking, distribution, and automation.
VLMs, one of our micro-fulfillment solutions, can only increase your overall productivity by supporting your employees, keeping them safe, and improving accurate pick rates to meet consumer expectations.
3. Wamas Logimat Technology
VLMs have order-handling software integration options that make picking virtually error-free. The Wamas Logimat software provides a solution that implements barcode scanners for retrieving or storing items while safely securing inventory at a user level. You can take control of your order tracking and transfer, express order batch picking, and parallel picking. Furthermore, users can hand off open orders to other users, and print delivery lists upon picking. With Wamas Logimat software, you can excel in your warehouse with:
- Tray Management
- Item Management Inventory Management User Management Smart Search
- Easy to Update Reporting Features
Learn more about our automated solutions.