*This post was written by Kevin Ledversis, Sales Director for Newcastle Systems, a registered Zebra ISV.
Did you know you are spending up to twice as much on labor on your receiving dock as you should be? Or that the error rates on your receiving labels could be 10 times what they should be? More importantly, did you know that many of your workers are taking far more footsteps in a day than they need to due to excessive trips to the printer? These are problems that many retailers and 3PLs don’t realize that they have.
The good news is that these are problems easily solved with transportable printers – or, should I say, a stationary desktop or full-size industrial label printer that can be made mobile.
This is the Easiest Way to Eliminate Printing-Related Footsteps and Errors in Production Facilities, Warehouses and Distribution Centers
While “mobility” has been a mandate for over a decade now, every organization – regardless of industry – can benefit from adopting a “mobile-first mindset” when re-examining their core processes, especially if a label printer is part of the process. Almost any technology device commonly found in the warehouse or on the production floor can “go mobile,” including:
- Thermal Label Printers
- Dimensional Scanners
- RFID Antennae
- Testing Devices
- Laser Printers
- Dual Monitors
Workstation solutions such as this one allow you to mount any size printer, up to a full-size industrial label printer, along with a laptop, monitor, scanner and more to instantly mobilize workers and workflows that would otherwise be tethered to a stationary desk. Instead of forcing staff to walk back and forth – which results in lost time, lost inventory and more errors overall – a fully-mobile workstation gives them a print-on-demand capability at the point where they’re processing the pallets.
In other words, the common method of placing printers on a dedicated table, plugged into the ethernet, is an overlooked inefficiency that can be easily remedied for those who want to introduce greater speed and efficiency into high-volume, time-sensitive labeling and logistics applications. Even better, mobilizing a desktop or industrial printer on a powered cart can give you an instant return on investment (ROI).
The ROI of Mobilizing Full-Size Printers for (Just) Receiving
The receiving process is fairly uniform across industries and one of the simplest to measure: by reducing footsteps, you’re automatically speeding up the receiving process.