autoscan versus “pen & paper“: Incoming goods

How fast does a warehouse team work with and without autoscan? Let’s compare at incoming goods!

How much time can you save by using autoscan? To give you an idea, let’s take a closer look at the incoming goods process in a warehouse with and without autoscan!

The comparison

In our (fictitious) example, there’s a warehouse with a daily truck delivery. The corresponding delivery note lists on average of 200 positions. The warehouse does not receive a digital delivery note from the supplier but the item master data is already available in the ERP system.

  • Without autoscan
  • Looking for clues: Looking for a (hopefully) included paper delivery note, hunting for a pen und manually counting and ticking off 200 positions on the delivery note

    34 minutes
  • Walking to the computer, logging on and opening the software. Choosing the correct supplier, generating a new order, manually entering all of the positions and amounts into the system (with a mistake or two…)

    36 minutes
  • Creating (and booking) a delivery from the order in the system

    15 seconds
  • Total time needed:
    70 minutes and 15 seconds
  • With autoscan
  • Fast and easy scanning: Scanning the printed supplier barcodes, generating the new delivery and scanning all of the received items

    17 minutes
  • Automatically taken care of by autoscan

    0 minutes
  • Completing the delivery on the scanner (which will automatically create order and delivery in the system; the number of items is posted to the stock)

    1 second
  • Total time needed:
    17 minutes and 1 second

The above-mentioned numbers are estimates based on our experience gained in various warehouses – of course every customer is different. But one thing is for certain: autoscan makes working more efficient and completely eliminates certain steps.

Time is valuable!

The time saved in the above example is impressive: About 53 minutes are saved for each delivery – which adds up to about 220 working hours in a year! And we are just talking time saved in incoming goods – we haven’t even talked about other processes like inventory, goods issue or item relocating. Not to mention positive “side effects” like superior data quality, which is essential for every well-organised warehouse.

Want more time?

Contact us if you want to know more about autoscan and how it can make your warehouse more efficient!