Michael van Dijk is International Key Account Manager at RAVAS. He discusses the use of data with many other companies. In this blog, we join Michael to look closely at how to use data management to make your business processes more intelligent and profitable. 


Creating intelligence

Nowadays, the logistics industry is all about adding intelligence to processes, says Michael van Dijk. With margins so small, companies will have to make their business processes ever smarter to be competitive. Mobile weighing technology is a highly effective way to achieve that goal. Your data is always available by adding weighing systems to your current warehouse and forklift trucks or purchasing their pre-equipped counterparts. It is the ideal starting point for adding intelligence to your operations.


Are you on the right path?

Collecting information is only one step in the data management process. Mobile weighing technology allows you to fully realize the benefits of that information by providing real-time tracking. As a result, the accuracy of your work is continuously verified. For example, if you enter an incorrect weight, you will be notified immediately while processing your incoming goods. In addition, during order picking, operators receive a signal on their display indicating whether the weight of the picked goods matches the correct product and quantity. These real-time alerts are possible thanks to the connectivity between the onboard indicator and your ERP or WMS and avoid time-consuming and labor-intensive final checks.


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Which part of your logistics process would you like to make more efficient through data management?
Creating intelligence through mobile weighing systems can go as far as you like. For example, data management allows you to see which processes could be faster and better. Our customers use the data generated by our weighing systems to calculate optimal truck or aircraft loading, for example. By using weight data in an order-picking process, you can avoid picking errors. You can also use the weight to determine the structure of a pallet. In short, mobile weighing technology adds value at any time, whether the beginning of the logistics chain with incoming goods, halfway through the chain of cross-docking or order picking, or at the end when determining shipping weights, for example.


Quickly (re)earned
According to Michael, doing the right things the right way is more necessary than ever within logistics and industry. There is no room for losing time or money. This is what makes mobile weighing technology so interesting. It takes a relatively small investment to gather the most valuable information in the process flow that you then strategically act upon. This data management is a factual basis for making profitable business decisions. Overall, the return on investment in mobile weighing technology is quick, sometimes even within a few months. 


Data management is for large and small logistics companies

Although mainly the large logistics companies are currently making a quality change by investing in mobile weighing technology, it is certainly interesting for smaller companies. There is a suitable approach for all of your goals. Whether you're working with weighing hand pallet trucks or forklifts with weighing fork carriages; they all add value to your organization through data collection. They are all connected to your software platforms via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allowing you to optimize your processes based on this data management.

But I already have excellent trucks...
Do you already have great pallet trucks, warehouse trucks and forklifts, but would you like to collect data via mobile weighing technology? No problem, mobile weighing technology can be fitted to all makes and models of trucks. And the fact that the possibilities that go along with mobile weighing are endless does not mean that this step has to be complicated. Michael van Dijk emphasizes that there are appropriate systems for all businesses that will deliver the data you need.

Data management = getting smarter about doing business

In short, more companies recognize the importance of good data management. Doing business more intelligently is always the aim. Through mobile weighing technology, you have access to real-time data 24 hours a day. This offers many advantages. Think how much time is saved: employees tackle picking errors immediately. Think monetary gain: if a customer has specified an incorrect weight, you can directly pass this on and send an invoice based on the generated data. And above all, think long-term profit: based on all the data, it is very easy to make predictions and act on them strategically for your most profitable operations.