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However, assimilating RFID into a legacy or closeddatabase system can be difficult. RFID can have limitations. In a freezer warehouse, installation of antennas can run slow due to the working climate. That
said, Mr. White added, there is an increasing number
of bakeries opting for RFID systems vs. barcode labeling. "Each bakery has different warehouse layouts,
packing and shipping area configurations so each requires unique design work," Mr. White said.
While the list of warehouse options grows, the userfriendly simplicity of technology must improve as well.
Tools for the tasks
The cloud has transformed the way companies manage
warehouse operations. Mr. White said one of its biggest
advantages involves the possibility to use WMS with
a mobile device remotely. Additional benefits also include less dependency on IT personnel to service WMS
systems vs. housing it on a corporate server.
The cloud's impact on system availability, user access, resource management and scalability is hard to
deny. MiT's M cloud system was designed using the
latest development tools, modern database and partners with industry-leading hosting companies to provide 24/7 on-demand resources. With the M cloudbased system, a test environment can be set up for
In a warehouse operation, employees might work on several platforms at once
and keeping data organized can be a challenge.
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bakeries to conduct testing and training with their
data. "This gives bakers the ability to make the transition to production more seamless and cost-effective,"
Mr. Maraj said.
Moving a WMS to the cloud makes some bakers
nervous. Is their data protected? How frequently is
their data backed up? Is there redundancy? The cloud
provides several options to satisfy these questions
based on individual needs, Mr. Maraj said.
Secure database management and file structure is
vital in any system and can be a key differentiator in a
WMS solution. Having the option to use open-source
databases that offer better performance, improved
management tools and lower cost options has proven
to be valuable. "M offers various tools to efficiently
import and map data to the respective fields which
provides enhanced performance while accessing data
across various levels," Mr. Maraj said.
Solutions tailored to a specific bakery and its warehouse can improve efficiency and organization. Once
the system incorporates personnel needs and integrates platforms and software, a warehouse can reach
its full potential.
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