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Management by exception is a style of logistics and warehouse management. It focuses on spotting cases that deviate from the norm and then triggering certain actions to handle those cases. The idea is to detect potential problems rapidly, allowing managers to use their time and energy more wisely.
A warehouse automation project---if properly handled---can be a boon to operations efficiency and drive a company toward increased profitability. Still, projects of this scale require a fair amount of investment, both in terms of money and time. Change is hard and needs to be justified by efficiencies that directly impact the bottom line.
Many examples of automation exist including software solutions, barcode scanners, voice directed picking, automatic vertical carousels, and more. Often overlooked are software solutions that implement management by exception---a huge oversight, given that such solutions provide the best tools for managing a warehouse and keeping operations running smoothly.
Software that deploys management by exception provides a number of advantages when operating a warehouse that are not necessarily captured by other innovations. For example:
Automation is catching on, but companies are naturally worried about issues like cost and compatibility. Still, companies that have made the investment in robust automation systems consistently reap the benefits.
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